Oct 17, 2012

WIAW #60: Meeting New Vegetables

First, don't forget that it's your second-to-last chance to enter my organic cheese giveaway for non-GMO month!

Second, it's my sister's 21st birthday today!!!

Wow, how time flies. I turn 20 this year. I can't believe how grown up we're both getting!

Another grown-up thing? Remember when I tried my first CSA share? I got to try the CSA share from Red Fire Farm, too, and with all this delicious organic veggie haul, I'm really starting to feel like a proper yuppie!

Peas and Crayons

Red Fire Farm does its shares differently than the other shares that I know. Instead of delivering your veggies to your door, they have various pickup locations in Western Massachusetts and the Boston area (though certain areas do have a home delivery option). 

If you choose to pick up your share yourself, you're told how much of each veggie is allotted to you and then you get to pick them out. Everything looked so fresh and I was quite surprised by how much there was! 

And even more surprised that I somehow managed to stuff it all in this plastic bag.

Here's the haul:

And here's a more complete picture of the haul (the blender and paper towels are just photo-bombing):

Do you see those green thingies in the cool looking wrappers?

Tomatillos! I've never had them before, so it was cool to be introduced to a whole new veggie - I wasn't expecting that!

Though they're in the tomato family, they don't really taste like tomatoes. They're more tart? And the inside is fleshier (not watery), which I preferred since it meant I wasn't as likely to make a mess.

And it was pretty fun to pop it out of its papery dried-leaf wrapper :)

Here's another new-to-me veggie!

Baby Bok Choy! I've had Bok Choy before, but not Baby Bok Choy - and I've never made Bok Choy before. Baby Bok Choy tastes like Bok Choy, but it's milder and more tender. I like it better!

It's also really easy to prepare. I just rinsed them off, sliced them down the middle, then braised them in some canola oil (oh, and I chopped in one of the tomatoes, too). Spice with salt and pepper to taste and voila - a tasty veggie side!

Has anyone tried Bragg's Liquid Aminos? I haven't but from what I hear of it, I could imagine it tasting good with Baby Bok Choy...

There was also something really funny in my haul:

No, not the lumpy carrots. The cilantro! I had just read a paper for my organismal and evolutionary biology class about a study of cilantro preference (apparently a part of cilantro preference is related to genetics - some people, largely of European descent, are sensitive to odorants in cilantro that cause them to taste it as 'soapy,' 'pungent,' or 'dirty').

But I do love the lumpy carrots!

They were so sweet and flavorful, just like the ones from my grandmother's garden in Germany. I miss Germany!

And, of course, zucchini love.

Zucchini is super awesome roasted (brush it with coconut oil first!) or grated into baked goods. Zucchini bread, anyone?

I love that it's fall, with cooler temps and lots of bake-ortunities!

And I really like Red Fire Farms produce. The only veggie that I didn't love was the tomatoes - I just didn't find them to be very flavorful. Everything else was delicious, though, so if you're in Western Massachusetts and you want to support local farmers (and eat some really delicious, really fresh, really flavorful produce), I strongly recommend giving Red Fire Farm produce a try!

Who knows? You might just be introduced to a new vegetable (or two)!

There were, of course, also some non-veg eats.

Like ice cream sandwiches dunked in peanut dip.

Study snacks of Quest Bars, cereal, and walnut butter, eating with a side of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

That x100.

I got a dehydrator (!) and tested it out on some peas - I'll be sharing my experiences soon! Served on sweet beans with cacao nibs, almond butter, and sweet almond milk. By the way, I'm going to give away a dehydrator, too, and that will probably happen this weekend. So be sure to check back!

And, course, cereal-trail mix-Chobani bowls with walnut butter = delicious.

So that x100, too.

And a yummy new bar-and-kaboch snack (buttercup squash instead of kabocha, since none of the stores around me seem to be carrying it at the moment).

The bar review is coming soon! Do you have any guesses of what bar it is?

Have you ever tried a tomatillo?

Do you like cilantro?

What's the most unusual/exotic vegetable that you've ever had?


  1. Happy Birthday to your sister!

    All of your foods look so good.. especially the ice cream sandwich dipped in pb :)

  2. I am one of those people who cannot stand cilantro...ick just the smell of it makes me want to gag! And as an Indian, that really doesn't work well in my favor :)! Your yogurt bowls always look yum!

  3. How do you like the new quest bars? I tried them but I think I enjoy their original ones better. I haven't really decided yet.

    All your food looks so good by the way. How you have time to cook, blog with school always amazes me.

    1. That's how I felt at first, too! In fact, when I first tried the chocolate crunch, I was like whaaaa???? But as candy, I really like them. I actually like them a bit *more* than the regular ones now! But if I'm on the go, it's definitely traditional Quest bars for me, since these are sooooo crumbly!

      And thanks, but I don't cook all that often. Just a few times a week, cereal/sandwiches/easy stuff happens a lot :P

  4. I LOVE a counter filled with a fresh haul of veggies! So many options!

  5. Toamatillos- such a cute name for them!

  6. Yum!!! One of my best friends is from Mexico and he would cook with Tomatillos all the time! They're so fun to use in salsa!

  7. I've been wanting to try buttercup squash. Is it pretty good? There is a thing going around saying that it tastes like peanut butter- That would be awesome, but I don't think so :D

    Hmm... I love Bok Choy though, especially in Moo Goo Gai Pan. Amazing!

    The most exotic food that I have ever tried is starfuit. Not very "special" right?

    1. I love it, but I don't know about peanut butter! Maybe a teeny tiny hint, if you try really hard (like how some wines have notes of 'chocolate' or 'cherry' or whatever?). Mainly, it tastes like Kabocha but less moist. I always eat it with peanut butter, though, as it does pair well!

      And starfruit is plenty special, I just don't think it's that yummy :P It was super anticlimactic for me

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  9. This post is amazing!!! :)


  10. Great haul! CSA goodies always make my day :)

    I host a weekly CSA LInk party and would love for you to be a part of it. Come and check it out and add your link...http://inherchucks.com/2012/10/10/whats-in-the-box-47/. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Happy WIAW...

  11. Mmmm I love this assortment of veges my friend, so much choice and flavour :)

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  12. That's so exciting that you got a dehydrator! I got mine over the summer and I love it for making kale chips and raw desserts.

    I'm not sure if this is exotic, but the weirdest veggie I've ever tried is purple cauliflower. It tasted basically the same as regular cauliflower but it just looks cooler.

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