|The peas are about done!|
Amanda and Ed have supplied one last round of cabbage. We had an extra from Tuesday's CSA and we snapped it up for a little dinner party in honour of visiting sister Keltie last night. Oddly enough, sister Keltie did most of the cooking for the party - and was it delightful! She used this recipe for roasted cabbage with bacon on the BBQ! So tasty - and really very easy! You could do this in the oven, as well, no problem! It's a must try - very yummy. We had some vegetarians with us last night and did a couple pieces without the bacon - also delish!
It is bean time...lots of beans the next few weeks. Keltie also made, last night, honey-Dijon glazed beans. She pre-cooked the beans, a mix of yellow and green, to just crispy. Then she sauteed them in equal parts honey and Dijon mustard. She made a huge mess of beans, enough for eight people, and used half a cup of each. Dial back the amount to maybe two tablespoons for a pound of beans - you can always add more! She just stirred the beans a few times to make sure all were well coated in the mix. Great flavour! Now we do like our families to keep some of their share for winter use. The abundance of beans may mean you have more than you can eat in a week. Check Tuesday's blog for a post of quick-and-easy freezing without blanching. If freezer space is limited you can dehydrate beans - they reconstitute quickly in soups and stews. They can just be stored, preferably in glass, in cupboards or pantry shelves. Here's a link with a number of ways to preserve beans including dehydrating in the oven!
At the bottom of this post is a great chart for cooking a wide variety of vegetables. This showed up in my inbox and I thought it was perfect for sharing with you all. Most people over-cook vegetables and destroy more of the essential vitamins and minerals then is necessary. This cheat sheet is fantastic! Hope you can read it!
So, for the FULL SHARES: 1 1/2 lbs. Dragon's Tongue beans, 1 lb. mixed Royal Burgundy and yellow wax beans, 1 lb. green beans (Jade, first pick), lg. cabbage, 3 lbs. Norland red baby potatoes, onions, Grand Rapids lettuce, Mesclun mixed lettuces, radish, herb, raspberries.
For the PART SHARES: 1 lb. Dragon's Tongue beans, 1 lb. mixed Royal Burgundy and yellow wax beans, med. cabbage, 2 lb. Norland red baby potatoes, onions, Grand Rapids lettuce, Mesclun mixed lettuces, herbs, raspberries.
For the SINGLE SHARES: 1 lb. Dragons Tongue beans, 1 lb. mixed Royal Burgundy and yellow wax beans, sm. cabbage, onions, Norland red baby potatoes, Grand Rapids lettuce, herbs, raspberries.