This week your CSA box is packed with colors; orange and gold, red and vibrant greens. Green is the color of our San Diego winters. The much needed rain encourages everything to grow and as a result the color green is everywhere. Color is energizing. Color attracts our interest, our eyes and stimulates our appetites. Breathe in the color and let it revitalize your creativity with your fruits and vegetables.
Part of the fun in receiving a box full of farm fresh vegetables is exploring the different ways to use them. Our Coronado CSA Host Ann and Gail Brownlow recently gave me The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash. This cookbook has a wealth of easy to read information for handling and preparing vegetables and I would highly recommend adding it to your collection of cookbooks. It has a down-to-earth approach with plenty of passion for using fresh vegetables. Victory gardens were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany during World War I and World War II, Each vegetable (or family of vegetables) gets its own chapter, with basic instructions for blanching, boiling, sautéing, baking, storage and preserving. It also includes information on planting, growing, and harvesting. The recipes are designed for optimum flavor; in many cases that means butter, cream, sugar/honey, salt or flour. Use your own dietary guidelines and adapt them for your lifestyle. This week’s recipes come from The Victory Garden Cookbook.
This season we have been getting some very delicious sweet and crisp orange Nantes carrots. Henri Vilmorin developed the Nantes carrot in the 1850’s and named it after the city of Nantes, the largest city in Brittany, France. Carrots originated over 5000 years ago in present-day Afghanistan. They were first seen as purple roots, but later evolved into orange, red, white and yellow. The eastern, original, carrots are typically purple or yellow. The western carrots are the most famous ones, being orange, red and white.
Recipes for Week Feb. 6 – 12
A delicious and nutritious hot cup of carrot soup on our SoCal winter days is perfect.
Infuse some extra flavor into your carrots in 4 – 6 hours and use them as a garnish, snack or salad.
Nantes Your Average Carrot and Butternut Soup
‘This recipe produces a wonderful, rich and silky soup that will have your family asking for seconds. Paired with a loaf of rustic bread and an apple, walnut and blue cheese salad, this simple soup is transformed into a stunning meal.’