CSA Fiddleheads: Spinach & Fiddlehead Salad

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We got fiddleheads, rhubarb and another round of eggs today (full pickup begins June 9th! Whoo hoo!). I was planning on making caponata for dinner (with fish? whole wheat pasta? I was a slightly unsure of what I’d pair it with, but Michael was requesting), however, the Trader Joe’s eggplant we bought went bad (very frustrating), and I couldn’t bear to have those fiddleheads hang out another minute in the fridge. Also, I was out of other ingredients. So,the answer was easy, really.

I did a quick Foodgawker search for inspiration, and found a couple of things that interested me. Also – Oh She Glows (you know I love her) had a recipe featured on the front page of Foodgawker, and I realized I had everything to make it. So, I made that for my lunch tomorrow, and we had a bit along with this, for dinner. Yes, I felt like you needed all of the little details.

Here’s what I did:

1/2 pound of fiddleheads, cleaned and trimmed

spinach

feta cheese

Rubio balsamic vinegar

2 eggs

salt and pepper

coconut or olive oil

Place the spinach in a bowl. In a saute pan, heat your oil of choice (I have been using coconut a lot lately, for the health benefits), and add the fiddleheads and cook about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and about a tablespoon of balsamic. Simmer for about 1 minute more and remove from heat and put on top of spinach. Add feta.

In a simmering pot of water, poach 2 eggs. To do this, bring water to a boil, and add a splash of white vinegar. Reduce to a simmer, and make a little whirlpool in the pot. Crack an egg into a small bowl (it’s easier to add to the pot like this) and then add to the whirlpool of simmering water. Cook as desired. I like to leave them in about 3 minutes or so.

Remove eggs with a slotted spoon, and place on top of salad. Drizzle a little balsamic over each serving. And that’s it!

CSA Eggs And Asparagus: Fritatta

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It was such a busy and fun weekend! We had date night on Friday night, and a rock climbing class Saturday, followed by a trip to the North End for replenishing some of our favorite kitchen staples. I spent most of Sunday in the kitchen (things I made: muffins and turkey/egg puffs, a roasted chicken, artisan bread and pineapple quinoa. Make the quinoa. I am not kidding. Make it.)

If you’re in the North End, our favorite places to go are Polcari’s Coffee and Salumeria Italiana. Polcari’s sells tons of spices and dry goods – SO inexpensive. We picked up chick peas, French lentils, couscous, vanilla beans, pignola nuts, parsley, peppercorns, oregano, basil, cumin, chili powder – all for $20. Salumeria is a small heaven on earth. They sell this Rubio balsamic vinegar that is about as thick as maple syrup. I have mentioned it several times on this blog before, but it’s worth every single penny. We also picked up proscuitto, pecorino romano, and a tube of tomato paste (great for so many things). We also got strawberries, squid ink fettucine and whole wheat angel hair pasta. 🙂

In case you wanna see our haul:

Back to my point! The fritatta. This CSA asparagus is gorgeous. I’d nearly forgotten how great CSA veggies are. I found a low fat recipe for frittata and it made a really lovely Sunday lunch.

My adaptation:

3 eggs

1/3 cup egg whites

3/4 cup low fat milk

1oz smoked gouda cheese, diced

2 cups mushrooms

several springs fresh thyme

1/4 cup dry white wine (I used a dry Reisling that I love to cook with)

8 asparagus spears

good handful of fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk eggs and milk together. Add salt, pepper, parsley and cheese. In a pan on the stove, sautee mushroom in a bit of olive oil, until they start to reduce in size. Add fresh thyme, and wine. Add salt and pepper. Let the wine cook off (about 10 minutes). Before adding mushrooms to egg mixture, strain through a fine mesh strainer, to avoid having too much liquid in the fritatta.

Lightly grease or spray your pan (I like using a bit of coconut oil). Pour in mixture, and arrange asparagus spears on top, in any fashion you prefer. Cook about 40 minutes, or until set.

Asparagus Souffle

By Salem Depot Member Stefanie Timmermann

Inspired by our early delivery of asparagus and eggs, Salem member Stefanie Timmermann created this luscious soufflé. She says:This is a mild dish that compliments the delicate taste of the asparagus and that even my 8-year-old picky eater liked to eat. The protein in all the eggs serves well as a meat substitute.”

•2 bunches asparagus

•9 eggs

•Salt

•Nutmeg

•8 oz. sour cream

•juice of ½ a lemon

1) Preheat oven to 350