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Originally posted 2010-05-18 00:18:00.
Originally posted 2010-03-22 14:56:00.
From that point forward, I have lived where the palm trees grow. Sydney has a temperate climate and Los Angeles enjoys a dry, Mediterranean climate. Both were lovely places to live and both had very mild winters but still, they were still too cold for La Diva to swim in the ocean in wintertime. Now that I live in Miami Beach, I can truly say I live in a tropical climate and do swim in the ocean in the middle of winter, in fact, I was in the sea only yesterday. In Southern Florida, we enjoy beautiful sunshine and mild temperatures (for the most part) year round and yes, coconuts can be picked from the trees on the beach. Sigh….
“If a palm tree don’t grow there, Diva don’t go there.”
The recipe actually calls for Persian limes, so if you can’t get Key limes, don’t fret. I just wanted to be masochistic and squeeze a million of the little buggers! They are only about the size of walnuts.
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Originally posted 2010-01-29 13:33:00.
Yellow squash and zucchini turned into Italian Squash Stew: Thumbs UP!
Collard greens, turnips and turnip greens turned into: Collard greens and grits. Thumbs UP!
CSA Mystery half-share box for 1-2-10:
- Green cabbage
- Roma tomatoes
- Black sapote
- Oyster mushrooms
- Beets (assorted varieties)
- Leaf lettuce (not pictured, but I think you know what it looks like!)
Off the top of my head:
- Lightly sauteed oyster mushrooms on some toasted sour dough or ciabatta bread for breakfast. These mushies look too good to mix with anything else and I only have a handful.
- Beets: Since I discovered last season how darn sweet and tasty these earthy root veggies (that I used to just LOATHE!) can be just by roasting them, I’m going to do exactly that and toss them into a salad with feta and the leaf lettuce for dinner one night. And then what about the rest? I’ll have to take a wander around the Web to get some inspiration.
- Dill: So many things to do with this wonderfully aromatic herb but it wilts and fades so quickly! Perhaps I can use it freshly chopped and turned into sour cream or yogurt dressing and drizzled over the roasted beets? Or with glazed carrots? Or maybe in a lovely home made mayonnaise spooned over cool, poached salmon?
- Green cabbage: I’m thinking a really tasty, healthy Asian-inspired omelet stuffed with stir-fried cabbage, bean sprouts and snow peas? And, I might even do an Asian slaw with it too.
- Roma tomatoes are a bit under-ripe as Farmer Margie was worried about a frost coming. (It’s supposed to get down to the 40’s, pretty cold for the tropics!) I’ll let them ripen and I think I’m going to make a savory sauce out of them to be used for…..fish? Pizza? Spaghetti? Or how about with some yummy polpettine? I’m glad to get some produce that doesn’t have to be eaten right away!
- The black sapote will need to sit and ripen a while before I decide what to make with it but last year I made some really tasty oat bars courtesy of Tinkering with Dinner. I added a bit of powdered chocolate to enhance its chocolate pudding qualities. Seeing as this is one of those tropical fruits that I’d never even tried until last season, I look forward to experimenting more with this exotic delight. When ripe, it has a texture like chocolate pudding, but like carob, don’t be fooled! It certainly isn’t chocolate or taste like chocolate but is mellow, creamy and mild, hence the choc pudding comparison.
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Originally posted 2010-01-03 13:48:00.