Thursday, August 4, 2011

Okra and eggplant in the field

August 2 CSA
I apologize for being so late in posting this!  Your box this week has some unusual things in it.  The round grayish-green item is a "charentais" melon.  A very sweet french melon similar to canteloupe.  The bag of green round fruit in a husk are tomatillos; the main ingredient in salsa verde.  Also in the box are:  a couple hot peppers, sweet onions, tomatoes...a few heirlooms, hybrid slicers, and cherry tomatoes, garlic, chinese eggplant.  Full shares also get leeks and german butterball potatoes.

Salsa Verde
remove the husks from the tomatillos and wash the fruit
cut in half and place on a flat pan
peel a few cloves of garlic and put with tomatillos
peel and cut into quarters an onion and put with tomatillos
sprinkle with salt and olive oil
roast in a 4oo degree oven until slightly browned and juicy (about 30 minutes)
let cool and grind up in food processor, blender, or by hand
put in a bowl and add the following:
dice 1/2 an onion
chop several sprigs of cilantro
dice 1 jalapeno or hot banana pepper
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste

this is great on tacos, with chips, or as a marinade for chicken or pork.
I'm sorry we can't provide you with cilantro, we are having a terrible time getting it to germinate.

The chinese eggplant is delicious grilled or oven-roasted.  Just drizzle with some oil and sprinkle with salt and cumin.  The skin is tender so no need to peel.

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