This just keeps getting better and better! Week 4’s haul included beets, little white turnips, carrots, chicory, snap peas swiss chard, baby fennel and broccoli raab. I fully confess to eating the entire bunch of chard for dinner that first night. Gently steamed, it was a plateful of the sweetest greens I’ve ever eaten.
The fennel was thinly sliced and used in this Shaved Fennel Salad. I didn’t have any thyme but I had all the rest of the ingredients kicking around. I will definitely make this salad again should any fresh fennel come my way. It tastes so much lighter and sweeter when it’s fresh, rather than the pungent, licorice-y taste of the stuff from the grocery store. The only downside was that while chopping the parsley, I chopped off a good chunk of my left ring finger. First ever kitchen injury with a knife. Until now, I’ve prided myself on my knife skills and always having sharp, good knives. Ah well. They always says pride comes before the fall. Guess it’s time to sharpen my knives and be a little more mindful when I’m working in the kitchen.
The snap peas, raab and beet greens traveled with me to Rhode Island, where I’ll be for the 4th of July holiday. Last night Ed and I sauteed the beet greens with a little garlic – delicious! (We then watched 28 Days Later, which Ed had never seen. I’ve seen it a couple times now and it still gives me nightmares.)
We’ll probably cook up the raab in the next day or so – just a simple prep of quick cooking the raab to draw out the bitterness, then sauteeing it with some garlic and onion. Pretty basic, but will be a great side dish to some sort of healthy protein. 🙂
As for the rest, well, I’m thinking of something southwestern-themed since I have some black beans, brown rice and a bunch of cilantro still kicking around. I’d like to re-create the cilantro sour “cream” from Veganomicon … so maybe quesadillas or tacos? We’ll see what I come up with on Monday night! And then there’s all those lovely root vegetables (beets, turnips and carrots) to roast as well. This salad really caught my eye the other day. Perhaps something similar will find it’s way on to my plate. All I’d need are some sweet potatoes and an avocado.
Have a happy, healthy, fun and food-filled Fourth!