Summer! Forget Memorial Day. Despite the calendar and no matter how freakishly cold or hot it is, the first CSA pick-up of the season marks the beginning of summer for me.
Last week in the first installment, I brought home a light and chlorophyll-packed bag of greens:
-Kale (I scored an extra from the new swap box)
-Spring garlic (I think that’s what it’s called. It’s juicy and hasn’t hardened yet)
I came home and took moody portraits of the garlic.
Then I chopped it up, removing the tough outer layers but not bothering to peel the cloves.
Obviously since I had a pile of kale that and the garlic were going to go together. Per usual. I do love kale.
This week remained green.
-Red leaf lettuce
-White turnips (with greens)
-Basil plant (Which reminds me, the poor thing is languishing on my sink waiting to be replanted. Drat.)
I figured I’d use up as much as I could in one meal, so I decided to cook the chard and turnip greens and serve them over pasta dressed with scape pesto.
I am always amazed by the grit that comes off nice field-fresh greens. Proof of local rain storms!
I zoned out while making the pesto, and forgot to add in parmesan. I kept thinking, “this is bland and not quite like pesto,” but I didn’t clue in to the missing element until I was serving the pasta. Oops! Well, that kept it a bit lower fat, right? If you try this, add a good amount of grated parmesan. Anyway, I chopped the scapes just enough to throw them in the cuisinart, and added a bunch of walnuts and enough olive oil to make everything blend and get to the right texture. A bit of salt and pepper, and voila!
(Adding an extra handful of walnuts with the seasoning)
For the greens, I cooked the chard stems for a minute or two, then added the chard, then the mustard greens, and a dash of chicken stock.
Bacon and feta on top gave much-needed creamy/salty/savory flavors. (I cooked the lardons first, and used the same pan/bacon grease for the greens.)
Enjoy the hot weather! We have a busy week coming up, so I’ll probably check back in next Thursday. BTW, I’m now blogging at Fit Pregnancy’s website every Thursday, chronicling my preparations for the baby from a nursery/gear perspective. Check it out if you’re so inclined!