Thursday, September 04, 2008

CSA Bounty

Every year we think about joining a CSA but the farmers market is very close by so we end up just going there most weekends and picking out what we want. When a friend was out of town last weekend though, we jumped at the chance when she offered that we could pick up her CSA share. The cool thing about a CSA is you never know exactly what you'll get - and sometimes you might be pleasantly surprised. We got mostly what you'd expect this time of year - tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and the like, but the pleasant surprise was fresh lima beans, something neither of us had ever had before.

I poked around on-line to get some ideas about what to do with fresh lima beans but then I realized we still had some fresh corn in the fridge and I knew I had to make succotash. Not the most original idea I know, but I've only ever had the frozen kind and I was keen to know what it tastes like with fresh veggies. Much better than frozen as you might expect. I sautéed the corn in a little Earth Balance then added the limas (which had been boiled for 15 mins.) along with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and few cherry tomatoes. We had some tempeh bacon to complete the meal; all that smokiness an homage to Southern cooking where you'll find a ham hock in everything, even the veggies.

I also experimented with a new seitan patty recipe over the holiday weekend (a post on that will be forthcoming). With the nice red bell peppers from the CSA share I made a roasted red pepper sauce from Vegan with a Vengeance and we had that over the seitan and saffron rice. Not the best presentation I know, but at the last minute I decided it was interesting and took a picture.

11 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for CSA goodies! :0)

Catherine said...

Those limas are gorgeous!! They also look to be about the size of my thumb -- is the photo deceiving, or are they really that gigantic?

Birdie said...

I love to read about people's experiences with CSAs... I'd like to start one myself, someday soon. Now, off to read the real estate listings again...

VeganCowGirl said...

Living in Brussels right now prevents me from enjoying the Canadian version of CSA deliveries but I am happy to live through you!

I love red pepper sauces. They are so easy to play with.

Will be looking forward to the new recipe for the patties.

Bianca said...

Damn, them's some huge ass limas! I'm supposed to pick my own limas at a friend's farm later this week. I'm looking forward to trying them fresh....I might make succotash too!

Shawna said...

I just love your blog. Thank you for all of your excellent posts. Working at an advertising agency, I know food photography is so tricky! I have watched a plate of nachos being prepped for hours with various acrylic glazes, and other inedible treatments just to make it look appetizing! You both do such a great job.
Shawna

Chris said...

That's about right Catherine. They were definitely bigger than what you get in the frozen section of your average mega-mart.

Thank you so much Shawna. I'm often not totally happy with my photos but I also rarely spend more than a minute or two taking them.

maybelle's mom said...

those lima beans are stunning.

funwithyourfood said...

so are you going to be joining the CSA now? i've always toyed with the idea as well... you're really selling me on it here :)

Teddy

Chris said...

still not sure Teddy. We do like going to the farmers market and shopping around.

funwithyourfood said...

Yea, i love the farmers markets too. Going to them is an event. I have a feeling I'd still go even if I was getting things from the CSA too

haha

teddy