a good tomato can do a lot for a sandwich. and, it being summer, it was time to celebrate the great tomatoes we have... and, of course, we had to invite the avocado to the celebration. chopsticks chimes in, "you can have your blt, i want my tomato and avocado sandwich."
this isn't really a fair fight here. chopsticks is, hands down, the baker in the house.
meanwhile, we have a wealth of blueberries waiting to be used. chopsticks is going for the blueberry pie. i'm attempting an olive oil cake with blueberries (ojp stops, "dad, you're going to cook with me?!" no, ojp... olive oil, not olive) with a blueberry topping.
chopsticks' blueberry pie
olive oil cake with blueberry topping
the winner, in a close decision..... chopsticks. i want to think i put up a fair fight on this one, but have to hand it to chopsticks, she can definitely bake.
somewhere along the way, i blinked, finding myself celebrating the 4th of july and realizing we were half-way through the year. another blink and i find myself on another wednesday in anticipation of our weekly box (week 12), realizing we fell just short of the "use it all up and let us know what you did with it" challenge that was ahead of us last week.
the "still to be used" culprits:
blueberries - which i have a plan for, just didn't get the chance to make it yet
few ears of corn - which will most definitely be used
eggplant - ah, thinking you were a sprite melon completely threw me off this week
maybe if i blink again the blueberries will turn into a delicious pie.
our bushel of jalapenos should lend well to some poppers.
unfortunately, the attempt to enhance things a bit by using a crab mixture fell a bit short of our expectations. they were just missing something (needed a creaminess that was just missing)... and we'll need to play with this one a bit before posting a recipe.
i think my mouth is still on fire from thinking about these poppers though....
or maybe i should be thanking the contest as it has forced me to plan out a few things. and, as i'm home alone tonight (let me tell you the house is ultra quiet without ojp and chopsticks around), i can take some time to think up a few things.
since it's just me, i wanted something a little lighter. and, well, that eggplant is staring at me.
it was a tough choice on the boxes this week, but chopsticks saw the personal watermelon included in one of the choices this week and suggested we should get that one. who am i to argue.
so, box "c" this week (labeled as the "hot peppers" box).
clockwise from top left: eggplant (asian variety), white eggplant (edit), corn, blueberries, personal watermelon, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos
this week also came with a challenge: the third annual (first for us) "what i did with my box this week." as stated, "with all the veggies and fruit coming hard and fast off the fields, it may be a challenge [to say the least] using up the entire contents of the boxes each week." premise is to help everyone out by submitting a brief summary of how you used up your whole box this week. top three will be picked.
let's be honest, i took a few days off and settled into the concept of relaxing. all the grand intentions of playing mad scientist with the bounty of produce from the last week were replaced with the sound of vuvuzela's and some time in the sun.
our story begins last friday. the super hot days had sparked a want for spicy food. sure, we had plenty of peppers to use, but i was thinking chipotle... and peaches (small aside, grilled fruit is definitely high on my list of ways to eat fruit).
chipotle and peach marinated chicken
grilled corn with ancho chili butter
started mixing, marinating and ready to grill. i was so ready to come back to the lightly charred chicken (used some honey and peach preserves in the marinade to balance the spiciness of the chipotle) only to find the gas had gone out on the grill. so frustrating and had to finish off the chicken and the corn indoors. the finished results showed promise, but really needed a bit of work before we were comfortable posting the "chopsticks approved" recipes.
fast forward to sunday. after a fun visit to the farmer's market the previous morning, it was time to attempt some gazpacho. had some great looking tomatoes and the jalapenos (2 small ones) and had picked up some herbs, cucumber and other fine fixin's. chopped, blended and let it sit overnight for lunch.
remind me next time to cut down on the jalapeno... wow.
wait... a success story?! after having picked up some mahi mahi at the farmers market, we thought:
surprisingly, something we did actually turned out this week. too bad we started eating before taking the time to snap a picture for you.... i blame chopsticks.
for desert we sliced open the sprite melon. having never heard of one, let along having tried one before, both chopsticks and i were rather intrigued by this thing. turns out, it's pretty darn good. mild, but perfect for summer.
that wraps up this addition of "a week of misses." hope to see you next week for a better go of it.