Tuesday, September 11, 2012

12th CSA Week

What a nice day it turned out to be!!  After yesterday's heavy rains and sloppy conditions today was down right lovely to work in.  We did not get as much rain yesterday as the Charlottetown and eastern areas but it was still enough to really slow things down.  The sun and wind today were welcome to try and help dry everything up again.

This weeks large share has leeks, dill, onion, garlic, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, carrots, peppers, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce mix, tomatoes, fennel and potatoes.  The grab box had hot peppers, kale, beets, parsley, cilantro, basil and lots of the above mentioned veggies. 

I made a really yummy pizza last night. I just took pocketless pitas and put sauce, lots of fresh basil, tonnes of tomatoes, a bit of ham and mushrooms and some grated cheddar cheese.  Into the oven for about 20 minutes and dinner was served!!  Totally didn't need to be in the oven that long but I forgot about it, just even on broil for a while will do the trick!!!  It was so fast, easy and best of all tasty.  Check out this blog for 10 tomato recipes that look amazing.  http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/05/10-tomato-recipes-to-knock-your-socks-off/  Here is also a good one for a fritatta that uses tomatoes  http://howtoeat.ca/

Here is a recipe shared by Lisa for "Zucchini Bites"
2 c. grated zucchini
2 eggs
1/2 c. diced onion
1/2 c. grated cheddar or parmesan
1/2 c. bread crumbs
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 and coat 2 mini muffin pans w/ spray or veg oil
Squeeze zucchini in batches into a dishtowel to squeeze out excess liquid
Combine all ingredients in bowl
Fill muffin cups to top-- makes 24 bites
Bake ~18 min.

I had the best kale dish ever today.  Sandie brought Sally and I a dish of kale salad that she had made last night.  To be honest I was very sceptical, but the first bite was amazing and it did not take Sally and I long to finish off the dish, both asking for the recipe.  So, if you grabbed some kale today here is the recipe.  I think I may even have shared this earlier this season as its one Sandie recommended early on but here it is again. 

Kale Salad
7 or 8 kale leaves, torn, stems removed
1 full red pepper (or less if not a fave)
1or 2 carrot, shredded
2 green onion
1 14oz can chick peas (or less)
1/4 - 1/3 c pumpkin seeds
Feta cheese (I used half a block of goat feta in brine)
Dressing - couple tablespoons each light oil, braggs soy sauce, lemon juice
Mix dressing and adjust to suit taste.  Mix with kale and other ingredients.  Yummy!!!!

The winter squash are doing really well and should be ready soon.  Tomatoes are still growing strong and the peppers in the greenhouse are just starting to size up.  It's very odd that the peppers outside set so heavy while the inside peppers, in the preferred protected environment, took longer and seemed to set much lighter.  I'm hoping that when the first frosts come and the outside peppers and tomatoes are killed off that the plants in the greenhouse will continue to produce for much longer.  
Enjoy this weeks veggies and check out the pics below to see what we've been up to.

A different view of the large share

These are paprika peppers.  Very yummy.

Poor sad weedy greenhouse.  A few hours of elbow grease on Sunday and its looking much better. 

bye bye weeds!!

The pepper plants were starting to fall over so Derek made a nice little fence for them

Golden cherry tomatoes.  They are downright amazing!!!

Peppers all happy to be now standing up instead of falling over

Working on Sunday during the downpour!!  Good rain gear is a must



Brand new tiny kittens

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