So Laura and I are loosely counting today as the last day of our local food year, it being the first CSA distribution today. Its a few days off from the exact date of last year, but we are being flexible in the spirit of the thing. We’ve learned a lot of flexibility over the last year, how to roll with what we have, what is available, and that fact that, no matter what the cookbooks may say, asparagus, peas, fava beans, baby carrots and fiddle heads cannot all be gotten at the same time. Maybe if you have a joyous British countryside garden, but not in New England.
Anyhow, the CSA is today, Woo! Also featuring today are hell-hot temperatures in the upper 90’s, severe thunderstorm warnings with accompanying hails and lots of lightning. This morning is misleading, with appetizer thunderstorms bringing the temperatures down into the 70’s, cool breezes and overcast skies. We all know that as soon as the clouds part, a heat wave will bear down on us and make Laura grumpy.
As yesterday was hot as well, dinner was a quick and simple affair with little stove time. Another round of lentil burgers made an appearance, this time with a feta-(frozen) tomato salad and tahini dressing.
The radishes were small and sweet, and were lovely dipped in tahini sauce.
Simple and delish. The tomatoes were still a little frozen, which made the salad really refreshing on a hot evening. It may sound strange, but it really worked well.
For dessert, we had a debate. Laura had made super popsicles that afternoon…
The recipe was inspired by Local Kitchen’s popsicles. They look splendid, but we opted for a different dessert.
Maple Valley Ice Cream kindly left us a comment about their Maple Bacon Ice Cream, and we were intrigued, if disappointed that the flavor season was coming to a close. Lo and behold, though, our Whole Foods had it, and we dove for opportunity.
Are we strange? A little. It was good though.
It also means we have these little beauties for this evening, after a long hot day with the CSA.