We had a very tasty weekend…. I’m still digesting it. Here, for your viewing pleasure is our update of weekend eating.
Friday Food Distribution for Red Fire Farm: Tropical storm Earl only brought a little rain, and was overall rather disappointing for the expectant hordes that traversed Wholefoods this Friday dashing about for food staples. I didn’t take a picture of our share this week, but you know it was big and gorgeous. We got huge napa cabbage, lettuce, kale, garlic, cucumbers, radicchio, celery, peppers, tomatoes (4 pounds worth!), corn, edamame, and apples for fruit share (gingergold and akane).
We got our crazy bulk order of tomatoes (1 bushel of heirloom, an 1/2 bushel of slicers, which were supposed to be pasting tomatoes- but they were running low on those so maybe next week), a flat of husk cherries (yes more!) and 25 pounds of peaches! Also, a bulk order for 3 pounds of basil was misplaced at my distribution, so I bought it- go figure- we now have a ton of basil that we are still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it- we already have a lot of basil ice cubes…..
Perhaps it was our excitement for our bulk orders that I did not take a picture of our share this week…. however, this is untrue. This week the heirloom tomatoes that were part of the distribution were pretty ripe, and many were bruised and smooshed from the ride to the dristribution. So, I set up a “sauce tomato” box for people to put burst tomatoes into. I also let people take some as extra if they wanted to make sauce that night. Well, by the end of the distribution, there was still a nice pile of burst tomatoes, which we hurriedly took home to make a big pot of sauce to serve on pasta.
That. That was what distracted me from taking a picture of our share for the week. We served a lovely tomato sauce over blanched kale and home-made pasta
We ate more pasta and kale with more tomato sauce for lunch…. yum!
Saturday evening we had our friends Caitlin and Andy over for dinner. We decided to make bruschetta with many fun toppings. So, here is our lineup of dishes. They were all really simple, but very tasty.
We also served black currant lemonade with black berries. For dessert, Andy and Caitlin brought cupcakes from Sweet- could we say no? Not easily- cupcakes from Sweet are downright good! We thought that since our meal was amazingly local (everything was local, sans the olive oil, olives, pepper, and wheat in Iggy’s baguette) we thought we could let a cupcake or two slide.
We had a lovely evening with good friends, and good food.
We broiled some tomatoes in our little toaster oven, and man oh man, were they good.
The bacon wrapped radiocchio recipe came from a CSA member this week. Theresa does not like radicchio too much. I love it. We’ve been trying to find a recipe that makes the radicchio more palatable for Theresa. I think this is it! You cut in half or quarter the radicchio (depending on size) drizzle with olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Then wrap it in bacon. Bake at 375 F for about 30 minutes. Delish! Theresa even approved!
Phew! What a weekend of eating. We also did a lot of preserving, which I will post about later. I would say that this was perhaps the weekend of the tomato, it was featured in about every meal, and we finished preserving just about all the rest of the tomatoes we will need for the rest of the year! Nom, nom nom. That’s all I have to say. On to more eating…. though we do not have any major Labor Day plans (eating or otherwise), we’re just looking forward to enjoying a nice day off, which will most likely entail some more cooking and yummy food.