Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lentil Soup and Salad

Spoke to Nicholas today and he seems to be having a fabulous time.  You will be able to track his progress on his new blog, Il Percorso Scenico, at least as soon as he starts posting to it.

Tonight it was back to the CSA grindstone, seeking more creative ways to use up the mass of vegetation coming our way every Tuesday.  We received some very nice red leaf lettuce this week and some oranges, so I suggested that Denise make an Orange, Olive and Red Leaf Lettuce Salad.  She used some CSA avocado, kalamata olives and a little left over green leaf lettuce.  Then a vinaigrette with some of the juice from the oranges, a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Tasty.

My contribution was a lentil soup (convenient that it turned cold and rainy tonight), in which I used a lot of leftovers from the fridge, but not nearly enough.  So it was olive oil, a couple leeks (CSA), onion, garlic, carrots (CSA), a little leftover marinara sauce, salt, pepper, lentils, 2 quart jars of homemade vegetable stock (mostly CSA), a chiffonade of basil and a bunch of rainbow chard (CSA).  And because Nicholas is in Italy, a little Italian seasoning.  Topped my bowl off with a little Frank's Red Hot, which I thought was perfect.  Denise seemed to think it fine without the hot sauce.

Sadly, now I have leftover soup and salad.  Oh well, such is life.


Blogger BJackie said...

Boy, now that you guys are down one roommate at the house it must be even tougher to keep up with the CSA. Too bad we don't live closer. We could share a share. (Our CSA is STILL on a break. Beginning to wonder if he's coming back... Don't want to miss out on all the yummy spring and early summer goodies!)

April 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Yes, it would be convenient. But our CSA has pick ups near your house, one place being at the La Jolla Farmers Market (I think). The ideal would be a small box every other week. We downsized from a large box to a small box weekly. The box is indeed smaller but still packed! We had our first asparagus from them this week. Scarfed that the first night! We may need to go to every other week, especially when our garden starts producing. We never really "catch up", that is have nothing left by pick up time. The Pims have been getting a lovely lettuce gift every week. Been meaning to ask Jackie what kind of fruit trees you have at your new house. Can you tell yet?

April 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Hanten said...

BTW, if beans are "the musical fruit" lentils must be the death metal rock band of legumes.

April 9, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

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