Saturday, September 22, 2012

Local Box 8/20/12

The first thing I saw when I opened this box was these two big beautiful tomatoes.  I was dinner time so made toast, marmite, avocado and tomato.  It reminded me of my best friend Claudia in London, it's the kind of thing we always made for midnight snacks as teenagers in London.

Nice usable box this week, here's the goods:

Slicing Tomatoes
Purple Hull Pease
Yukon Potatoes
Meyer Lemons
Sweet Potatoes
Live Sage Plant

So, yeah, the Tomatoes - I so rarely buy big tomatoes, I'm always getting cherry toms for salads, but I love them, and i have this amazing harvest bread from Whole Foods, so I'm just going to use them up on sandwiches and toast things like that.

Purple Hull Peas - i already cooked them up and I found in my Wild About Greens cookbook a Pinto Bean salad with watercress & Dill, that has Arugula in it, so I will make it with the peas instead, it uses a tomato too! Oh, and i will actually sub the Micro Greens for the watercress. yes!

Okra - after the huge success of the grilled Okra last week I think i'm going to do it again here at home and see if my kids like it! I predict my son will, my daughter won't

Yukon Potatoes - I just finally read through an issue of Vegetarian Times i've had lying around for weeks, and found a very tasty sounding Warm German Potato Salad  - it has temeph as the "bacon"

Lemons - not sure - meyer lemon's seem so special, but I will probably make salad dressing,

Sweet Potatoes - i kind of just feel like steaming these and eating them in a rice bowl with kale and avocado.  I also found in my cookbook The New Vegetarian Grill by Andrea Chesman, a recipe for Grilled Sweet Potato with Maple Lime Marinade.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


So the secret stuff I couldn't post last week was that I was bringing a bunch of the food to a bachelorette party for my BFFL Cory. She knew we were having the party, she just didn't know where, what or how.

The place we went had some fancy camping - nice huge tents with beds, porches, electricity, AC and GRILLS!
Another girl was bringing tomatoes and mushrooms for kebabs, so I added the zucchini, and we grilled that

We sliced an oiled the the eggplant and grilled that

We grilled avocado

We squeezed the limes on the avocado and everything really

but the star of the grill, the grill thrill - was the Okra. Everybody went mad for the okra, just a litte bit of oil and salt and perfection

Ok, so I tried the pear in a salad, it was good. Crispy and a little bit sweet, here it is in the salad with box lettuce, and avocado.

The most amazing thing i made this week were the Butternut - Black Eyed Pea tostadas.  LOOK AT THEM!

topped with onion, avocado, lettuce and fresh jalapeno.

Friday, September 7, 2012

White Eggplant - Local box 9/6/12

I love it when i get a vegetable in a different form or color than is usual. Feels exotic!
This week I got White Eggplants!

Here's the list:

Sweet Potato Greens
Kefir Pears
Butternut Squash

I have secret plans for the Zucchini, Okra, Eggplant and Avocados that cannot be revealed in public...yet - .hmmmmm, you will have to wait till I post the box results next week.

I'm drinking LOTS of smoothies lately though and will probably use an avocado in one this week, I also bought these cool new things made by Amy's, frozen Sandwich Rounds, vegan and gluten free, that kind of beg to be toasted and topped with avocado & tabasco

Sweet Potato Greens - I think I got these last year but I don't remember what I did with them - I did some research and found that you can treat them like spinach.  I still haven't used my Wild About Greens cookbook! What looks good to me right now is Curried Spinach & Chickpea Soup - sub the sweet potato greens!

Limes - I really want to make this Cilantro-Lime Dressing - will just sub Agave for the Honey

Kefir Pears - there was a note with the box pointing out that this kind of pear is hard when ripe and suggests slicing in a salad - yeah! So will do that with the lettuce

Persimmons - these baffle me - I don't think I had success last time we got these, and there are a ton in this box! Here is a site with Five Ways to Eat Persimmons that is helpful - mine are green so I think they are not ripe yet, I will leave them in the bowl for a few days and see. I'll keep you posted

Butternut Squash - the cutest tiny butternut squashes ever! keeping the trend of using a cookbook i've never used before (i'm a cookbook hoarder!) - I want to make Black-Eyed-Butternut Tostadas from Viva Vegan by Terry Hope Romero - ps this recipe calls for making your own tostadas by frying corn tortillas, i am WAY too lazy for that so will use premade tostadas :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I had a good delicious time with this box!

Check out this ridculous salad - Amaranth Micro Greens, Lettuce, cherry Tomatoes and Red Bell pepper from the box. Sooo amazing
There was also mushrooms, cucumber, pumkin seeds and tempeh bacon, and i topped it with Annie's organic Goddess Dressing

The peaches and pears ended up in the kid's first week of school lunch boxes.

Acorn Squash - this soup was so good, a little bit spicy, perfect. I ate it here with Toast and Hummus

here is the Recipe - and it's from an Austin blogger!  Roast Acorn Squash Soup

Again i made marmite roasted potatoes, even better this time, gooey crispy edges, yummy marmite saltiness.

I think there's some new interesting items coming in this weeks box!