We’re deep into summer, so I thought we’d be getting more tomatoes in our CSA by now. It’s just as well that we’re not because our garden is providing plenty! Juliana roasted some today with garlic and oregano, so here are some before and after photos. They’re so-o-o-o delicious—sweet and garlicky. They’ll be fantastic on pizza or salad or in risotto. There’s nothing like slow-roasting tomatoes to concentrate their flavor; plus, without so much water, they freeze well and can be saved for winter as a reminder of warmer days.
So anyway, let’s see what’s in this week’s CSA half share. Blackberries! Mmmm, there’s enough for a small tart, or I could make blackberry ice cream. Maybe blackberry custard tartlets? I’ll have to think on this. Juliana grabbed some extra beets, so she’ll be having salad with beets for lunch at some point this week. Seeing cabbage again was a bit disappointing, but Juliana dug up a recipe for stir fried cabbage with South Indian spices, so that’s what’s for dinner tonight. Last week’s potatoes accompanied a roasted chicken, and now we have a half-gallon of chicken stock to either use or freeze. We almost always have chicken stock in the freezer because it’s so versatile and gives you lots of options when you’re trying to figure out what to make for dinner.
So that’s what we have to work with this week. Today Juliana wondered aloud whether we could handle a full share next year. We certainly aren’t buying many vegetables at the grocery this summer, and we’re doing a good job of eating the ones we get from the CSA. However, I think her pondering was prompted by the fact that the full share this week included eggplant. She loves her some eggplant.