One of the areas where things are disorganized and play havoc on my daily life is the kitchen. I have the intention to cook healthy dinners for my husband and i, but then i get a migraine, he stays at work too late or decides that vegetables are not really food. And the next day is a date with friends, or I’m home alone. No sense in making ‘real’ food for just me! The night after that, well, I was tired. And then it was girls night. And 2 weeks later the chicken has gone uneaten, i’ve wasted that money (plus the money on higher priced prepared foods) and likely ate food that was not particularly healthy.
With a CSA this actually is even harder. I get veggies that are unfamiliar, even on my second year with this farm, and not a lot of control about it. I don’t want to be wasteful, but i admit to having fed the compost full bunches of radishes and chard due to my own negligence.
BTW, i feel i ought to give the compost, or at least the bin, a name. Hmmm.
Last night i had a little temper tantrum.
This week’s CSA share had been quite impressive. We’re in full harvest season here in CT, with a lot of veggies ready to go. Last week was the second week in a row we had 6 ears of corn (some of which became chowder). I’d let the summer squash linger over the last few weeks in the fridge. And that eggplant? It’s the size of the toaster. OK, slight exaggeration, but still huge.
The fridge was still full of last week’s foodies, including a GIANT amount of basil. I couldn’t even count the stalks to be honest, that bag was bigger than the toaster. I’d had it.
First up, i made pesto. With my itsy bitsy food processor and pine nuts from the freezer, garlic i had bought last week for the occasion and remnants of cheese i found hiding in the cheese/meat drawer. This took about 2 hours because tiny food processor and lots of basil. I ended up with two sandwich bags and one small jar full. I obsessed, wiping the counter and tools off regularly, afraid if i slowed down or didn’t follow the rules things would take off and become disasters.
Next was dealing with the 6 ears of corn. That was actually easy – boil, cool and chop off the cob to put into baggies. Last year almost all our corn ended up frozen and used later on. It was nice to be able to just grab a little for a recipe. We don’t often eat corn alone, but i like to throw it into dishes. Next i did the same with three giant bags of beans. Fair Weather Acres‘ thing is beans, so we get a lot of them! Again, not hard, but all the chopping and such was tiring! I hope i can use the beans similarly to the corn. Last year i pickled a lot of my beans only to find out i was the only one who liked them.
Then came the pickles. I wanted to try a new recipe this year and happened to get my large mason jars in the mail, so that’s what we went with. I’ve got some work to do with them, but they’ve been started at least.
But still! I wasn’t done! There was the squash, zucchini and eggplant to go!
I grated the squash and zucchini to make fritters, although i forgot to squish the water out, so they are not as delicious as last time i made them. Still, they freeze well and make great lunch food. I also fried the eggplant, so i can make eggplant parm-ish for lunches or dinner. I’m excited to try it with the Melville Cheese i picked up at the farmers market.
This all took about 5 hours of non-stop work. I was multi-tasking, which i’m trying to avoid, but when i realized how deep i was there was just no turning back. While this happened I also cleaned out the fridge, including purging a lot of junk food we just weren’t going to eat. I feel as if i made it a little easier to grab something healthy and saved a lot of my CSA veg. It was a LOT of work, and today i’m paying for it with a sore throat and feeling sluggish, but I am still so happy with myself. I got rid of clutter, used what i had and created a lot of yummy things! The best part? I didn’t buy any additional ingredients. In fact, i used a bunch of things up! So go me!