From the Garden this Week, May 6, 2021...
From the Garden this Week…
Fava Beans, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce, Asian Greens, Broccoli or Romanesco, Kale, Kohlrabi, Shelling Peas, Beets, Radishes, Turnips, Artichoke, Oregano, Rosemary and Lemon Balm*
Coming Soon… Carrots and Onions
*Strawberries were included on the printed newsletter, but they didn't quite make the cut, our apologies!
Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno
This week we have the end of the most of our winter cruciferous vegetables. The lettuce is just about finished as the weather becomes hotter, this will bolt and start to send out flowers. I recommend grating the kohlrabi bulb on a box grater and adding it raw to a salad, just don’t forget to peel off all of the fibrous outer layer. I recently came across this recipe for pea fritters and adapted it to combine the favas with it so that you will have enough peas. It also combines a large handful of our available fresh herbs. Feel free to combine any of the tender herbs we have or choose one or two of your favorites. The fritters make a perfect side dish or they can make a light dinner with a side salad. The beans and peas are high in protein and fiber and a delicious spring treat.
Fava Bean and Pea Fritters with Fresh Herbs (adapted from dishingupthedirt.com)
2 cups total, shelled peas and fava beans (shelled and skins removed)
2 large eggs
1 clove of garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, lemon balm and/or cilantro
3-ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup oil for frying
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
squeeze of fresh lemon juice or dash or red wine vinegar
Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Add the peas and fava beans and boil for 4-5 minutes or until bright green and tender. Remove from the heat, drain the water from fava beans and peas. Place the beans and peas in a large bowl and coarsely mash with a fork. Add in eggs, garlic, pepper flakes, salt, herbs and cheese. Gently whisk in the flour and stir until evenly combined. Heat the oil in a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Form the batter into small patties (about ¼ cup of batter per patty) and fry until golden brown and cooked through (about 2-3 minutes per side). In a bowl whisk together the yogurt with the lemon juice or vinegar and pinch of salt. Serve patties with the yogurt sauce.
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Roasted Vegetable Salad…
In the spring, when the weather warms up this salad is a good way to transition our winter vegetables into a warm weather dish. I usually make this with cauliflower, but it will work equally well with Romanesco or broccoli. By finely chopping the kale and mixing it with the lemon juice and salt it will tenderize without cooking. My secret is to chop up the raisins, this way they add sweetness without plumping up and becoming obvious in the salad.
Roasted Cruciferous Vegetable Salad
1/2 cup raw wheat berries