This Weeks Box 6/1/2012

Hi everyone, just a reminder, June has 5 months so full shares are 165 dollars. Thanks

snap peas

baby bok choy
green onions
lots of lemons
lemon thyme
two lettuce heads
bell peppers “red and green”
You should not put your CSA box in the front seat with you this week. This is very important.
Your snap peas will disappear by the time you get home. It is a real phenomenon!
I know what your saying, “fennel again?!@#”. Well, maybe not. But one thing I do know is that there are great fans and great “not fans”of fennel.
Well,  here is something a little different you can do with fennel that does not even involve eating it.  We made an infusion in my herb class and I wanted to share it with you. Not just the recipe, but some of the herbs that went into it too. Your box has fennel, lemon thyme and mint
These plants are more than food and spices. They are medicine too.
Fennel has been used as a medicine for many centuries. The whole plant has medicinal properties.
Thyme herb contains thymol, which scientifically has been found to have antiseptic and anti-fungal characteristics. Thyme also has one of the highest antioxidant levels among all herbs
And mint. Well, mint is just awesome. I am pretty sure mint saved me more than once and I will always be grateful for that.
Take the herbs out and bruise them. Roll them in your hand back and forth, run a rolling pin over them. Anything to break up the cell walls so that they give up the good stuff. Don’t worry about the stems on the lemon thyme and mint, just throw it all in the quart jar. Only use the tops of the fennel though, use the white part in something else. Fill your quart jar with water and let it sit on the counter until you cannot wait anymore. You might be surprised how quickly the water changes color and in literally minutes, the room will smell like these herbs. The first pour will net you about 4 cups. I found that you can refill the jar and mash the herbs for at least another round.
Feel free to hit the contact button or comment right on the blog post and share your experience if you do try this recipe. It would be real interesting hear some results. For me, I could totally see keeping a jar of this strained cold tea for stomach ache, aid in digestion and just an overall mood lifter. Thanks for letting me share this.
spicy kale and egg breakfast
From Food To Glow
“This woman has some interesting recipes BTW”
Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Rainbow Chard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
8 ounces white or cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
6 cups water
1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Dash cayenne pepper
1 bunch fresh rainbow Swiss chard
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add water, lentils, salt, oregano, thyme and cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 30 to 40 minutes until lentils are tender.
Meanwhile, remove stems from Swiss chard. Trim and discard any woody sections from stems; coarsely chop stems and set aside. Coarsely chop Swiss chard leaves and set aside.
Once lentils are tender, add Swiss chard stems; simmer 5 minutes.
Add Swiss chard leaves and tomatoes; simmer about 5 minutes more or until Swiss chard leaves are tender. Stir in lemon juice and tamari.
Makes about 9 cups soup
Tip: You can use fresh kale in place of the Swiss chard. If using kale, add leaves only. (Remove and discard kale stems.) Add the kale leaves once the lentils are tender; simmer 5 minutes. Then add tomatoes and simmer about 5 minutes more or until kale leaves are tender. Stir in lemon juice and tamari.

One thought on “This Weeks Box 6/1/2012

  1. Thanks for the kind mention and comment on my recipes. The CSA sounds a lot like our organic box scheme whereby monthly or weekly payment gets you a delivery tailored to your requirements. It's not shares as such but we also have community allotments that you can 'buy' a plot (t's on public land but you are responsible for your patch) and keep or share your produce. It's wonderful to be able to share the bounty from your own slice of earthy heaven.

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