Here we are at week 10 of our CSA share and I think we finally might have all our veggies eaten before the next pick-up. Hooray!
This week’s share is:
- 1.5 lbs of eggplant
- 1.5 lbs of carrots
- 4 lbs of heirloom tomatoes
- 1 quart of cherry tomatoes
- 1 bunch of scallions
- 1 zucchini
- 1 cucumber
- 1 bunch of garlic
- 1 quart of beans
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 head of lettuce
This week’s meal plan includes: chicken salad, tomato gazpacho, sautéed swiss chard, lightly boiled green beans, and carrots and cherry tomatoes for snacks. The zucchini was given to our neighbors as a gift. I need to come up with something creative to do with the eggplant, scallions, and parsley. Hmm…
This week, we got a recipe for tomato gazpacho in our weekly CSA e-mail. Since we were inundated with heirloom tomatoes, it seemed like a good recipe to try!
- 3 lbs heirloom tomatoes
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
- 1 Tbsp, plus 1/2 tsp, kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 5 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
- 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
- 2 cups cubed French bread
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- Fresh pepper, to taste
- In a food processor, combine the onion, lemon juice, salt, parsley, thyme, garlic, vinegar, and bread.
- Puree until the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 minutes
- Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and process another 2 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper.
- Puree until the mixture is completely smooth, about 2-4 minutes.
- Season with pepper.
- Transfer the soup to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour up to 1 day.
We made this for lunch today, along with BLTs. My brother and sister-in-law joined us and they said it was good, as did P. I found it to be too salty, and I didn’t add the extra 1/2 tsp. I think maybe I should have packed the bread tighter into the measuring cup, maybe that would have helped to absorb some of the salt. Later, P admitted he found it too “runny” and he would have preferred it chunkier. I also realized as I was typing this up that I forgot the vinegar. Oops! We’ll make this again in the future though, reducing the salt and probably mixing instead of pureeing it.