I don’t have a picture from week 2 because I didn’t yet understand how much I’d want to share my journey of having a CSA share. But the CSA has thrown me for a loop. I get a bag of unknown vegetables, and I have a week to eat/share them. I’m used to first deciding what I want to eat and then worrying about the ingredients. Now, I’m handed the ingredients and I need to figure out what to eat.
Week 2 we received more spinach, salad greens, and 3 big sweet potatoes. I made a stew that called for 2 big sweet potatoes and a bunch of spinach. The recipe also called for linguiça, which is “a delicious pork sausage from Portugal seasoned with garlic, paprika, and other spices.” Stillwater, Oklahoma, population 46,560, does not have linguiça. We decided to use Mexican chorizo as a substitute, which is un-cured. I had to drain the chorizo meat twice because it was so greasy.
The stew turned out fine, with enough spices from the chorizo sausage to make it tasty. The recipe said we’d get 8 servings, and I think we got about 9 servings out of it. I’m pretty sick of stew now.
I had one sweet potato left over, which I used to make baked sweet potato chips. Really, I used this as an excuse to buy a mandolin slicer (that also juliennes). I ate all the chips while Scott was out birding his big day (his team broke the official record).
I’ve also been eating a salad every day for lunch with our salad greens and the pecans I roasted in sugar last week. I also add strawberries/raspberries, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar (I’ve gotten to be too lazy to mix the olive oil and vinegar together). I took a picture of my salad today since I didn’t have a picture of the stew:
We picked up our first half-share from Bootstrap Farm’s CSA at our local Asian food store, Crepe Myrtle. We got a ton of spinach, bitter greens, and pecans. Unfortunately, our first delivery came during a really busy week (we hosted a cookout and attended two pot-lucks), so I wasn’t up for much creativity. I boiled most of the spinach and bitter greens. I ate the boiled vegetables with vinegar. Scott systematically ignored the boiled vegetables. I roasted the pecans in sugar and took them to a potluck on Friday and got rid of most of the rest at the cookout.
Most days, we just throw our life together. Toss the covers over the bed and call it made. Make a black bean quesadilla and call it dinner. Water the tomato plant and herbs (while ignoring the weeds) and call it gardening.
Sometimes, though, we have more energy. On those days, we make imitation Olive Garden zuppa toscana, make chocolate cake, or, you know, vacuum or do laundry. When we have energy, we can really live (and even live like adults). This blog is a space where I can share my accomplishments of trying to live life like an adult.
We’ve done a lot of adult things this year. We bought a house (!) and real furniture for the living room (a couch is so much more comfortable than a futon!). We also bought a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. It was important to us to join a CSA, which allows us to support a farmer who works hard to supply our community with local, pesticide-free produce. A CSA is daunting because you don’t know exactly what types of produce you’ll get each week. (How much spinach can two people eat in a week?) Added to that, we are two northerners now living in the south, which means we get to try new foods from our CSA (e.g. collard greens, pecans, and okra). Most of these first posts will be about how we eat our CSA share.
Here’s a picture of our two-layer chocolate cake:
Update: Scott made this cake – by himself – last weekend. He modified the frosting recipe by adding a tbsp more cocoa powder and eliminating half a stick of butter. We like this modified frosting recipe even more!