CSA Box #8 | February 1

We’re definitely getting into the thick of winter! Though the temperatures may not often reflect it, my latest CSA Box sure did! Lots of root veggies & hot house greens!

CSA Box #8 | A Taste of Trace

Week 8 Haul:

CSA Box #8 | A Taste of Trace

Item Breakdown:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 8 rainbow carrots
  • 5 potatoes
  • Living sunflower
  • 1 green cabbage
  • Living cress
  • 2 turnips
  • 15 onions (or are they shallots??)
  • 11 shiitake mushrooms

Total: 9 items

Week 7 Recipes & Meals:

I used a lot of the veggies for my Mix n Match Bowls the other week! That meal was a smashing success with our friends.

Mix 'n' Match Dinner Bowls | A Taste of Trace

I ended up boiling and mashing the turnips… and… they turned into a soggy and bland mess. I think it was partly because I left them for a bit to long and they started to dry out. Because of that, they soaked up the boiling water like a sponge to turn into something almost inedible. Hopefully I’ll make better use of them this time around!

A few of the potatoes I used in a meal I used to make for the daycare I worked at back in Auckland. I called them samosa wraps. Essentially you just combine mashed potatoes with curry powder, frozen & thawed corn and peas, and any other flavourings you like (ie LOTS of garlic, a pinch or two of salt, and some soy milk to thin). Then you spread the mixture on a tortilla, roll up, and fry to heat through and sear wrap. I added a curry flavoured crumbled veggie burger with my wraps! Easy & delicious!

CSA Box #8 | A Taste of Trace

I got red cabbage TWO CSA Boxes ago, but I finally got around to doing something with it! I pickled it! In hindsight, I could have not pickled the entire cabbage and used some of it in a stir fry or something. But oh well! I now have HEAPS of pickled cabbage to go around! I used this recipe from Edible Perspective (doubling it because I used a full head). I was a bit heavy handed on the caraway seeds, so it has a slightly overwhelming rye taste, but it’s not too terrible! And it’s something I can definitely see myself making again, but maybe on a smaller scale…

CSA Box #8 | A Taste of Trace

Week 8 Recipes & Plans:

Green Cabbage: I might continue the pickling trend with this cabbage, but maybe try my hand at sauerkraut instead!

Potatoes: We had a surplus of potatoes at work so I took a few home. And now with the potatoes from this CSA Box, let’s just say I have a LOT of potatoes needing to be used. I can see myself making some more samosa wraps. And there’s a phenomenal brownie recipe in Dreena Burton’s Plant Powered Families cookbook that uses potatoes (don’t be turned off, it’s actually amazingly delicious!). Or I might even attempt to make a version of the Spanish dish patatas bravas (cooked potatoes with a rich tomato sauce).

Sweet Potatoes: I’ve already made some of my favourite sweet potato chocolate pudding from the Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook, but I’ll likely end up roasting the rest for burritos!!

Has anyone tried making homemade kraut before? What’s your favourite way to eat potatoes?