This week your basket contains: zucchini, cucumbers, snow peas (half shares), tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, beets, lettuce, potatoes (full shares), and carrots.
Sometimes, our baskets contain an unusual combination of veggies that one might not think work well together. This week that combination is beets and tomatoes. We found this recipe and we think it will become a hit with your family.
BEET, TOMATO AND COCONUT CURRY
1 large onion
5 small vine-ripened tomatoes (14 to 16 ounces total)
2 large cloves garlic
One 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger root
4 small raw beets (10 to 11 ounces total, trimmed)
1 small jalapeño or serrano chile pepper (see headnote)
1 heaping teaspoon solid coconut oil
Handful cilantro stems
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch ground cinnamon
2 cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup low-fat coconut milk
Cut the onion in half, then into very thin half-moon slices. Cut the tomato into small dice. Mince the garlic. Peel and grate enough ginger to yield 2 teaspoons. Scrub the beets well (or peel them), then cut them into small dice. Stem and seed the chili pepper, then cut it lengthwise into very thin strips. Melt the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Stir in the onion to coat; cook for about 6 minutes, stirring often, until golden and softened. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the cilantro (tender leaves and stems). Squeeze juice from the lemon half into a small bowl (at least 2 tablespoons). Reduce the heat to medium; stir in the garlic and fresh ginger; cook for 2 minutes, then add the jalapeño or serrano chili pepper, ground ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, plus the tomatoes and the water. As soon as the mixture starts to bubble at the edges, add the beets, stirring to incorporate. Cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the beets are fork-tender. Uncover and stir in the coconut milk, cilantro and lemon juice; cook for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat. Let sit for 5 minutes (for the flavors to meld). Fish out and discard the whole spices before serving, if desired, or at least tell your fellow diners to be on the lookout for them.
Keeping with the theme of curry, this is one of my favorite carrot recipes.
CURRIED CREAM OF CARROT SOUP
2 Tbs. butter
2 med. onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp. dry thyme
1 lb. carrots, pared and diced
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp. curry powder
1 cup milk or cream
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add onion, garlic and thyme. Sauté until onion is soft. Add carrots and cook 10 minutes. Add chicken broth and curry powder. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Puree in a blender; return to pan and add milk or cream until the soup reaches desired consistency. Heat for 5 minutes and serve garnished with yogurt or sour cream and chives.
ROASTED BEET AND CUCUMBER SALAD WITH YOGURT DRESSING
1 pound beets
1 English cucumber (large, approximately 16 inches)
one small red onion, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
Garlic Yogurt Dressing
1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Cut off the very top of each beet and clean them thoroughly. Wrap the beets in foil and roast at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Unwrap the beets and allow them to cool until warm but cool enough to handle. Remove the skin from the beets with your fingers or a paper towel. Slice the beets and cucumbers into uniform pieces. Slice the red onion and add to a medium-large bowl with the beets and cucumbers. For the yogurt dressing, combine the minced garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. (You can allow this to marinate for a while if you prefer.) Add the yogurt, dill and mint and stir until well-combined. Pour the garlic yogurt dressing onto the vegetables and stir gently. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Serves 6-8
BLACKBERRIES will be in full swing soon. Starting this week we invite you to come out to the farm at your convenience to pick all the free blackberries you can use. Email us to let us know when you expect to come so we can plan to point you in the best direction (or leave a self-guided map).