Friday, September 10, 2010

Out Of The Box

Every week we go and pick up a box overflowing from our local CSA farm. I can hardly wait to get it home and unpack, sometimes I can't wait. The children and I eagerly dig through the box in the back of the car, each one squealing over some anticipated treasure. It could be the amazing watermelon or perhaps the chalky green bundle of kale but every week there is something for each one of us.

A farm box you say, no control over what is coming? What are you supposed to do with all that stuff in there? How does one get through the whole box before the next box gets here? What was that purple thing in the box? I hear these queries and many more.
I treat it as a game, a challenge to get through all that amazing fresh veg.

This week the box had some really lovely cherry tomatoes, both red and yellow, as well as basil and fragrant bundle of thyme. Out come my favorite cookbooks and the search begins! In my go-to veggie book, How To Cook Everything Vegetarian, I found this marvelous recipe for a simple tomato salad. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Cherry Tomato Salad
with soy sauce

2 tbsp soy sauce
pinch of sugar
2 tsp dark sesame oil
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved crosswise
1/2 cup basil leaves, cut into a chiffonade
freshly ground black pepper

COmbine the soy sauce, sugar and oil in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and basil and sprinkle liberally with black pepper. Toss gently to coat. Let it stand at room temp. for a little bit, stir and taste. If needed adjust the dressing and eat:)

Now what to do with all that Thyme?????


ElaijahM said...

I am looking forward to doing this this weekend. It still feels like summer out here in GA and I want to savor it as it fades away!

Jacqui said...

I love the excitement of checking our veg box and we plan what todo with the goodies. I never get a chance if there are cherry toms in there, as tomato loving son has them eaten so quickly.

maltagirl said...

nice Jacqui! My daughter plowed through the box of figs that I had my eye on for jam. Oh well, hard to complain about kids eating vegetables.

CrookedMoonMama said...

tom and basil...yes...but soy sauce? sounds yummy.