Thursday, July 11, 2013

Week 4: What's in our Basket?

If you don't know what's going on with this basket stuff catch up here:
Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3

Another week, another basket! Bi-weekly shares were definitely the best plan for us - the weeks zoom by in between baskets and sometimes we haven't even used up all of the items! The hardest part of last weeks basket were the mushrooms, cucumber and garlic scape. In all honesty we had know idea what the scape even was until I received the Plan B Organics newsletter in my inbox. We just assumed it to be some crazy onion, which it pretty much is. We used it the same way you would garlic or green onions by chopping it up and throwing it in sauces or soups. Unfortunately the mushrooms were a forgotten item. I'm not really a fan of mushrooms and Mom is used to sautéing them with onions for steak, so it will take some recipe research (and branching out on my part) for us to find some other uses. The cucumber is another vegetable we're not crazy about but not opposed to either. Anybody out there have some cucumber recipes that aren't salad? Thankfully, the next couple weeks will give us another chance to try them out, here is what's in our basket:

Vegetable Half Share

1 garlic bulb, 1 English Cucumber, 1 bag of spring salad mix, 1 bunch of red Russian kale,  1 head of romaine lettuce, 4 tomatoes, 1 large bag of sugar snap peas, 1 bag of shitake mushrooms, 3 zucchinis, 7 potatoes.

Fruit Share

1 punnet of strawberries, 1 bunch of white grapes, 5 royal gala apples.

Their Potential

Instead of stuffed peppers why not try these zucchini boats using the garlic and tomatoes.

Keep things simple with these sautéed sugar snap peas.  

Step away from the green smoothie and bring on the pasta with this kale pesto.

Put that strawberry jam on these strawberry scones and oh man, heaven. 

This shitake mushroom brown rice will certainly jazz things up a bit.

After this week's heatwave, nothing sounds better than a white grape sorbet.

I'm a sucker for bread, and these garlic zucchini focaccia buns make me weak in the knees.

It may be another salad, but it's got a good crunch with sugar snap peas and cucumber.

Note: Excuse the different lighting in each picture - the sun kept hiding behind the clouds!


  1. Anonymous18.7.13

    Cold cucumber soup.
    Chop up the cucumber roughly, and boil it in 2 cartons of chicken or vegetable broth for about 20 minutes. Let cool. Then put into blender (in batches) with one bunch green onions, a scoop of plain yoghurt, a handful of fresh or dried mint leaves, and a squirt of lime juice into each batch. Blend thoroughly until smooth. Store in containers, they freeze great, or in the fridge if you're eating it for your next meal. Serve chilled. SO good! I have friends always begging me to make a batch!

    1. I never even considered soup as an option! i'll have to give it a go - sounds delicious! thanks!

  2. For garlic scapes we love scape pesto on pizza, pasta, steak, etc. or cut to green bean size and sautéed in a little olive oil as a vegetable side. This pesto with pistachios is great but there are lots of recipes online:
    For cucumber, how about tzatziki - delicious and perfect for summer:

    1. both seem like great recipes! thanks so much! I'm especially excited to try out the pesto.