Farm Box- Week of Aug 18 (or CSA Side Dishes)

This week’s farm box contains: Daikon, beets*, zucchini, kale, salad mix, mixed beans, basil

I swapped by beets for a beautiful head of leaf lettuce. Sorry Grandma. For a truely unique beet recipe see this post for beet cupcakes from Growing Chefs.

Sometimes a box will feed you from meal to meal all week. I look forward to every meal I am going to make. Then something happens, and you get turnips and beets and carrots and … well I like turnips and beets and carrots. In fact the Finnish side of me knew I could pull out my finnish cookbook and try a few traditional meals. But, I did not want turnip and carrot gratin-it was too wintery. The house was hot. I didnt want to turn on the oven. So the turnips and beets sat in the crisper.

This weeks box fed us a lot of salad:
1)Tuna & White bean salad (with mixed greens).
2)Green Bean salad with Parmesan, with Poached eggs.
3)Cold Noodle Salad with Grilled Squid

so I felt sufficiently saladed to be able to indulge in
4)Steak Pizzaiola with purple/yellow/green mixed beans– a recipe I’ve seen, never tried, was not to interested in but was curious.. and I don’t know WHAT took me so long to make this. It is incredible. I never eat a whole steak and I polished mine off. I ate all the green beans too.
The lovely thing about Steak Pizzaiola is that after you have seared the steaks for a minute on each side you cook them for 5 minutes in tomato sauce, leaving you with a nice cup of meaty flavoured tomato sauce for another meal.
Such as:
5) Pasta with my Pizzaiola tomato sauce, and a grilled zucchini salad.

Today’s weather is fall in August – good weather for
6) Sauteed Kale with White beans & Sausage.. Served over garlic bread.

back to the noodle salad.
I saw a recipe in Chatelaine at my mother in law’s for grilled squid and “asian” noodle salad. I wanted to make something like it. I have a problem with Chatelaine. I like the pictures and ideas but the recipes don’t work out but I suppose some thanks should be given for the inspiration.
Here is what I did:
*1 pound of squid, cleaned and cut. see Objectdart’s post on squid for help.
You can grill the squid, but we cooked it on our cast iron over high heat for 1 min a side.
*Once the squid is done, let it sit in a marinade/dressing while you make the rest of the salad. I used a Nuoc Cham recipe from this website: Sunday Nite Dinner.
*I served the squid over the farm lettuce, with rice noodles, with basil, cilantro and grated Daikon and added a bit more Nuoc Cham and some lime.
Let’s play a game, pick the daikon out of the picture below:

remember the turnip in the crisper? Funny how a turnip can look like a little daikon. You say Daikon, I say radish. and this turnip looked sufficiently radishy to me. so I actually used a turnip instead of Daikon, and did not realize it until I found the bag of Daikon the next day.
Hey, it tasted good.
Here is the photo of the end result. Enjoy.

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3 Responses to “Farm Box- Week of Aug 18 (or CSA Side Dishes)”

  1. You must live in a cool climate. Most of those veggies you got are in our winter boxes. Fresno is very hot and dry so lots of eggplant, tomatoes, squash, stone fruit, peppers, cucumbers, basil, are in our boxes right now. Grapes are starting.

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