Archive for August, 2013

The Workout Smoothie or Sneaky Veg For Kids

This smoothie is perfect for either a pre- or post-workout boost.  It’s filling, yet leaves you feeling light.  Best yet, it’s a fabulous raw food nutritional powerhouse that even kids will love.  Instead of a recipe, it’s more of a formula that can be played with as fruit comes into season.

In a blender, add:

  • 1 cup liquid (Choose from unsweetened soy milk, kefir, yogurt, water & ice, etc.)
  • 1 banana (I know that this is so not local, but it’s my weakness!  I think smoothies just scream for that creamy texture they impart.)
  • 1 cup (or the equivalent) local fruit in season (This morning I used a single large nectarine.)
  • Handful of greens (This morning I went into the garden and harvested some red Swiss chard)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxmeal

Simply puree until smooth and serve.  Just don’t tell the kids that there is anything green in there until after they’ve enjoyed it!

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Egg Drop Soup

The eggs form beautiful ribbons in this quick Asian-inspired soup.  To make a complete dinner, serve alongside rice and stir-fried bok choy.

  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (If you don’t have homemade, use 1 14-oz. can)
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. baked teriyaki tofu, sliced into 1/4×1/4×2″ pieces (You can substitute plain firm or extra-firm tofu, or 1 7.75-oz. can chickpeas)
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 small bunch chives or 2 scallions, chopped

Heat the stock, tofu, soy sauce, and sesame oil to boiling.  Reduce to bare simmer.  Slowly pour in the eggs in a thin stream, stirring constantly so that they form “ribbons” while they cook in the hot liquid.  Remove from heat, garnish with onions, and serve.

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Purslane Summer Salad (Help! There are Weeds in my CSA Share!)

I opened my CSA share this week to find a bunch of weeds, literally.  What??? I grow these babies in my garden, yank ’em out, and chuck ’em to the chickens.  However, having paid for this particular bunch of organic weeds, I was determined to give them a try.  Oh, and I also had less than 10  minutes to do so because husband made most of the dinner, I had only to make some veg,  I was dallying about, and completely lost track of time.  Having never cooked with Purslane before, a quick Internet search pulled up this 2002 Gourmet recipe, and here’s how I modified it:

In a saute pan on medium high, quickly sauté:

  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 3 summer squash, sliced
  • dash of salt

While that sears, in a salad bowl whisk the dressing together:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped vidalia onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Add to the salad the squash (let it cool a bit) plus:

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch purslane, thick stems removed
  • 1 cup pear or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

Toss and serve.  And the result?  A good salad, but I think I’d use a different green next time.  The purslane was kind of tough and bitter.

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Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Kimchi

I love kimchi.  This, however, is not real kimchi.  It’s a nod to the spicy, stinky, probiotic goodness and an experiment in using what’s on hand.  It’s a riff on my homemade kimchi recipe.  We had such a huge harvest list in this week’s CSA that I’m just incorporating the things that would otherwise go to the chickens.  And the ladies have enough pasture right now.

  • 1 head bok choy
  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1 bunch kohlrabi greens
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1 garlic bulb with greens (Use the garlic cloves like normal; wash out the greens and cut into 2″ pieces to make food processing easier)
  • 1″ piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1 can anchovies, oil drained (if you’re into the raw food thing, use raw oysters)
  • 1/2 cup 1-inch pieces scallions (greens and whites)
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots and/or daikon radish (optional)

Remove and wash the leafy veg.  Slice the leaves into long strips.  Sprinkle with salt and toss.  Leave out to wilt on the counter covered for approximately 24 hours.

In a food processor, add the garlic, ginger, peppers, soy sauce, and anchovies.  Process until it becomes a paste.  Toss the paste with the cabbage, scallions, and carrots.

For a more pungent flavor, allow this to ferment in a cool place (<68F) in your lactic fermentation crock for approximately 24 hours.  Otherwise pack it into sealed glass jars and store in the refrigerator.  The kimchi will be ready to eat in as little as 1 day, but is better when it starts to bubble with the probiotic fermentation process.  It’ll keep in the refrigerator for months and is a great way to extend the shelf life of veggies.

Here’s the first step of veg + salt…

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And the next day, packed and ready for the refrigerator:

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Scotch Eggs

A gastropub favorite:  Hardboiled eggs wrapped in sausage and then fried.  Husband says these are proof that wife loves him.  Wife thinks these belly bombers may be proof that wife is trying to give husband a heart attack.  You decide 🙂

Eggs:  Roll the eggs in the flour…

  • 6 hardboiled eggs, peeled (you can make these ahead of time).
  • 1/4 cup flour

Sausage:  Either wrap your floured, hardboiled eggs in 1 lb. prepared breakfast sausage or make your own by mixing together…

  • 1 lb ground pork sausage meat
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped herbs (recommended half italian parsley and half sage)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

For frying:  Once your eggs are wrapped in the sausage, pass through the scrambled egg, coat with bread crumbs, and fry until browned (about 5-6 minutes)

  • 1-2 eggs, lightly scrambled
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (plain or panko)
  • oil for frying… you can get the deep fryer out if you’ve got it!
  • salt for finishing

For serving:

  • Mustard, mayonnaise, or salad greens

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Egg-in-the-Hole or Egg-in-a-Nest or Egg-in-a-Basket or Whatever You Call It, It’s Good!

Armed with a simple cookie cutter, this recipe transforms breakfast for even the most reluctant eater.  It’s essentially eggs and toast with a twist, but kids love the fun of it!

  • 1 slice bread (We use whole grain, but you could you whichever is your favorite)
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pats butter
  • Optional:  A sprinkle of omelet-friendly ingredients, such as a grated cheese or diced veggies

Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape from the bread.  Our hen cookie cutter is the family favorite!

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In a pan set to medium-low, melt a pat of butter, fry the cutout until golden brown on both sides, and set aside.  Melt the second pat of butter in the pan and add the frame.  You have some options here:  Either crack the egg directly into the hole or scramble first.  If you go with the latter option, you can add omelet-friendly ingredients, such as a sprinkle of cheddar cheese or a tiny bit of cut veggies.  Season with salt and pepper.

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Fry until golden brown on both sides or until egg reaches desired doneness.  You can either break the yolk or leave it whole and runny for dipping with the cutout.  Serve warm.

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Any Morning French Toast

A breakfast classic!  This is by far the most requested breakfast item in our house.  The children love the flavor and mommy loves that it is a way to regularly enjoy our hen’s bounty whilst frugally reclaiming stale bread that would otherwise be thrown away.

  • 1 slice of your favorite bread (We use a whole grain for weekday breakfasts, broiche or other egg-based bread for the occasional fancy weekend brunch, and most importantly to use up whatever bread that has gone stale)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3 Tbsp milk (This depends on the size of the egg, the staleness of the bread, and your own preference)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 pat of butter
  • drizzle of local honey and/or maple syrup (Use this to serve atop the finished french toast and/or mix it into the egg mixture prior to cooking)

Scramble together the egg, milk, cinnamon and optional honey/syrup.  Add bread and allow to soak up the liquid.  In a pan heated to medium low, melt the butter and then add the toast.  Cover.  Cook until golden browned on each side, flipping once.  Serve warm.

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