CSA Week 17
In the last box of the season: lettuce, two kinds of squash, beets, collards, celeriac, green and hot peppers, spinach, turnips, potatoes, bok choy, carrots and parsnips. Also a container of pesto, made by a local youth group.
For the final weekly delivery, I wanted to show you guys something more special than roasted root vegetables or squash soup. A little research turned up this recipe, which I used as a guideline. I love Eating Well magazine because they take a holistic view of what we eat, considering the sustainability and traditions of food as well as its nutrition and flavor, but sometimes I think their recipes err on the side of being too light. I don’t think it’s possible to fry four root vegetable pancakes in two teaspoons of oil, and I didn’t try- I used about 1T of the bacon grease and 2T of canola oil to get them started and added about another T of oil for the last batch. So there were probably more than 50 calories per pancake in the photo below. Quite a few more.
I had two week’s worth of turnips and a whole celeriac, plus some carrots, shallots and scallions from my pantry, and one lonely potato. I shredded them all up together in the Cuisinart.
This resulted in much, much more than the specified 1 ½ pounds of vegetables, so I froze half. I think I still had more than the recipe called for, because the egg-and-flour mixture didn’t quite bind and the pancakes came out loose. I covered up the cracks with plain yogurt and homemade applesauce. Sorry the photo is somewhat blurry; this is probably because of the extreme deliciousness of its subject and my hurry to eat it while it was hot.
I’m sadder than I thought I’d be that our CSA season is over. Yesterday was the first Wednesday in quite a while that I didn’t pick up a box- I marked the occasion by eating scrambled eggs for dinner and not taking a picture. However, I hope to continue writing for Bodies in Motivation over the winter on a somewhat-less-regular basis. Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my entries; I appreciate it tremendously. Feel free to check out my Flickr stream to see what I’m cooking, and I’ll catch you on the flipside (get it? Pancakes? Flipside? I’ll show myself out).