Posts Tagged ‘garlic’

Week 3: Pasta with Random Green Herb

Penne noodles + Ragu sauce is a pretty familiar dish at my table.  But this week, we had a mystery ingredient!

Seriously, what is it?

Seriously, what is it?

 

The roomie and I definitely looked at it for a while for the little green snake it resembles. Finally she dug her nail in and took a sniff (very brave considering I was ready to throw it out) and proclaimed “It’s garlic!”

Not sure what happened to the bulbs, or rest of the stalks, or you know – any of the identifying parts of the plant but it had a nice fresh garlic taste so I dropped it into an otherwise normal bowl of pasta and sauce and called it dinner and leftovers.

This has been a terribly slow week for cooking but I have a few awesome ideas for next week set up – stay tuned!

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Week 1: Stir Fry

I have success! Finally.

Last night I made a stir fry recipe that I found on the Lancaster Farm Fresh recipe blog. I even took a page from my roomie’s handbook and tossed in random vegetables just because I had them – deviating from a set recipe for the first time in my life. O.o  I used a lot of ingredients I’ve never cooked with before – namely sesame oil, peanut oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, bok choy, green onions, ginger, mizuna, garlic, mushrooms. So yeah… basically everything except the spinach. :/

So. Much. Green.

So. Much. Green.

On the right side above you might notice a little silver thing… that’s right! I got a new knife (only $8 at ShopRite) that is amazing at cutting up veggies. I’d gotten sick of having to saw through tomatoes to make bhel puri last week and my roommate’s been dying for one any way. This isn’t quite a “Iron Chef” knife or anything, but it definitely does the job. See?

 

I like cutting things with my new knife :)

I like cutting things with my new knife 🙂

Normally you prep the tofu before you start on the greens, but as my tofu was still partially ice

Tofu ice

Tofu ice

I figured it was best to proceed with the veggies while the tofu thawed. It was rather easy actually – toss in these random liquidy things, toss in those green things, toss everything until something wilts and then add the next green thing. After I was done with those, (see picture below) I set aside the wok (borrowed from my roomie who borrowed it from her sister about 3 months ago) and moved on to the tofu blocks. Now I usually make tofu into little blocks and cook in oil for a snack, but adding the soy sauce flavor made them really yummy. My wok went from blah..

Almost ready!

Almost ready!

To fancy just like that!

Finished!

Finished!

Add in a little mango (below) and a friend (not pictured) for company…

Had to throw in some mango lassi

Had to throw in some mango lassi

Voila! My first legitimately good meal from the CSA vegetables. Perhaps the next 24 weeks won’t suck as much as I thought they would 🙂

Now if I could just find a way to get rid of that nasty radish sambar.