2018 CSA Winter January 13th

2018 CSA Winter January 13th

• Mixed Field Greens
• Baby Arugula
• Micro Collards
• Micro Red Cabbage
• Poultry Herbs
• Sage
• Rosemary
• Thyme
• Chervil
• Papaya
• Turmeric

Today’s corresponding photos are for further development on previous recipe suggestions for your CSA goods. The photos above refer back to ideas for spring rolls; the third image below right is courtesy of lavatnus.blogspot.com and is a diagram on how to fold your rice paper wrap into a spring roll.  Ingredients can be anything you like to flavor your roll, but was inspired to bring this recipe up again with this week’s mixed field greens, arugula, microgreens, papaya and turmeric in the offering. Consider dressings or dips that would complement your ingredients chosen such as soy sauce, fish sauce, plum paste, vinegars or pickles,  or even a barbeque sauce. Rice paper wraps are simple to use and very fast to prepare. Line up chopped mixed greens, mixed microgreens and arugula, skinned and sliced papaya with an eye on length of your rice paper, and grated turmeric, along with any other fillings you may like such as beef strips, shrimp, etc. Once you have your filling selections lined up, it’s time to wrap then up. I use a large frying pan in which I heat up about an inch and a half of water to just about too hot to handle and then turn the flame off. Gently I guide the rice paper into the water at a very shallow angle, moving it though the bath in about 10 seconds. Then it is laid out and the filling placed, and the wrap is closed up. (See diagram) The metal lunch box came from C’ville Oriental.   

To your health and pleasure always. Enjoy! <3

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2018 CSA Winter January 6th

2018 CSA Winter January 6th

  • Micro Tatsoi
  • Baby Arugula
  • Spearmint
  • Parsley
  • Poultry Herb blend
  • Chervil
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Papaya
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Some things we send home with you every week when we can as they are considered essentials in cooking and in health. This week I am quoting from the website whfoods.org: Parsley: Parsley’s volatile oils— particular myristicin—have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies, and particularly, tumor formation in the lungs. The activity of parsley’s volatile oils qualifies it as a “chemoprotective” food, and in particular, a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke).

Sage: Increased intake of sage as a seasoning in food is recommended for persons with inflammatory conditions (like rheumatoid arthritis),as well as bronchial asthma, and atherosclerosis. The ability of sage to protect oils from oxidation has also led some companies to experiment with sage as a natural antioxidant additive to cooking oils that can extend shelf life and help avoid rancidity. Rosemary: contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. Rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks. In addition, rosemary has been shown to increase the blood flow to the head and brain, improving concentration. Thyme: has a long history of use in natural medicine in connection with chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. Volatile oils have also been shown to have antimicrobial activity against a host of different bacteria and fungi. For thousands of years, herbs and spices have been used to help preserve foods and protect them from microbial contamination, now research shows that both thyme and basil contain constituents that can both prevent contamination and decontaminate previously contaminated foods. In these studies, published in the February 2004 issue of Food Microbiology, researchers found that thyme essential oil was able to decontaminate lettuce inoculated with Shigella, an infectious organism that triggers diarrhea and may cause significant intestinal damage. Many thanks to whfoods.org for sharing this information!

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2017 CSA Fall December 30th Sorrel Pesto

2017 CSA Fall December 30th Sorrel Pesto

  • Microgreens!
  • Chervil
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Sorrel Pesto
  • Papaya
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric

Sorrel Pesto for The last fall CSA for 2017 and preparing for the Winter CSA starting next weekend! It is that time of year where the refrigerator is filled with leftovers and there are yet a few more parties to host or attend, so try some of our most nutritious and flavorful microgreens, as they are a super food that saves space and time, besides landing a fabulous presentation. The popular herbs included can make bartending for your friends and family even more fun and delicious. Try mudddling (pressing and crushing to release aroma) an herb like thyme below your ice and top with alcohol or juice.  To your health and your pleasure, always, leslie

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