Poach an egg in it

Some people like to put a bird on it, we like to put a bird in it. Ok, that sounds gross, sorry.

This summer, Hank and I have been cooking a lot more ‘throw some shit together’ meals, and a lot less from recipes. Most of these meals have leftovers, and when we go to eat the leftovers there is often not quite enough for the two of us. To stretch these meals we sometimes mix two meals together, or make extra rice, but mostly, we poach and egg (or 5) in it.

Here are some examples:

Potatoes and green beans with pesto.

We had a bit of an egg cracking situation in the above meal. I won’t point fingers, but it wasn’t me.

Homemade salsa and black beans

So, just poach an egg in it.


What we got, and what we are going to do with it: Menu: September 11-17

  • bok choy
  • broccoli rabe
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • tomatoes (Only 5 lbs this week! We won’t have to can for the first time in over a month!)
  • okra
  • cilantro
  • red bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • mustard greens
  • hot peppers
  • green beans
  • apples
  • pears
  • plums
  • basil
  • parsley

Tuesday– I was tired, and the idea of cooking made me want to lay on the floor and cry. We compromised and got a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods, steamed some broccoli, and toasted some corn bread.

WednesdayTofu with bok choy in peanut sauce (Bittman)

ThursdayBlue Ribbon (we have a Groupon that we need to use) with broccoli rabe

Friday– Grilled veggies on grilled bread with ricotta spread on it.

Saturday– Veggies with pesto cream sauce over rice

Sunday– Vegetarian Chili (just going to make this up as we go)

MondayChicken Marbella (the first of our one year anniversary celebration meals!!!)

What we got, and what we are going to do with it: Menu: September 4-10

  • napa cabbage (this is Hank’s spirit vegetable)
  • radishes
  • lettuce
  • eggplant
  • tomatoes (we aren’t allowed to pick tomatoes if it is wet outside because of a blight problem, so we will need to make another trip to the farm later this week to take care of getting all of our tomatoes.)
  • beets
  • cilantro
  • red bell peppers
  • potatoes
  • mustard greens
  • hot peppers
  • green beans
  • apples
  • pears
  • plums

Tuesday– Something that looks like this.

Wednesday– more eggs. Skillet poached huevos rancheros with homemade salsa.

Thursday– Tofu stir-fry with cabbage (‘How to Cook Everything Vegetarian’ by Bittman)

Friday– Sauteed Eggplant with greens (‘How to Cook Everything Vegetarian’ by Bittman)

Saturday– We are hitting up the Belgian Beer Fest where we will probably eat overpriced goodies that are totally worth it, but we have decided to throw together some salads before hand just to keep our energy up.

Sunday– Swupper

Monday– Good question. Hank is at an evening meeting, I’m doing yoga. So, I will probably eat hummus…or cheese…or leftovers…

Drinking Tomatoes

This summer, our CSA has provided us with a heck of a lot of tomatoes. The first week, we almost got through all of them. In fact, we were pretty determined to eat all of them, but then after about four days Hank started to get sores in his mouth. Day five the sores started in my mouth. At that point it was the weekend, and we finally took the plunge and learned how to can.

My mom has been canning since time began, or at least for the past 30 years. I called her for advice and she scanned and sent me the instructions that have gotten her to where she is today. They were dated to a time when women stayed at home and raised the kiddies and included putting a rubber sealing compound on the jars instead of using the self sealing lids that are around today. Otherwise, they were super easy to follow, especially since I wasn’t doing it alone while my kids ransacked the house and the dog barked for 3 hours straight. I was lucky enough to have my husband as my beautiful assistant. Since that weekend we have canned two more times, all tomatoes. We now have 19 jars of whole tomatoes.

In the spirit of not wasting anything, after stuffing the jars full of tomatoes we decided to make bloody mary’s with the leftover juice. Yes, we had to chew some gulps, but holy cow it was tasty.

Enjoy your week! We just got our CSA email, and it looks like we will be getting some more tomatoes!