We got a great big haul this week! The stuff included in our share is on the right. The left side is extras that we bought.
Included in share was:
- lettuce mix
- a miniature watermelon!
- various peppers
- white eggplant
- pattypan squash
We bought eggs and mutton from the farmer. I am not a big fan of lamb, never eaten mutton (I think) and we definitely have never tried to cook either one ourselves. We were feeling brave, so we got a tiny piece (less than a pound) of a mutton chop. Then we picked up bread from the bakery. And that little mason jar is some sweet & spicy pepper jelly that my friend gave me.
The meals this week were sparse since I was away for 3 nights, and we ate out the night before & after my trip.
Look at this fun color of the jelly:
For my first dinner back, I was still feeling lazy so I threw together a quick pasta primarvera type thing. I mixed up patty pan squash, red & yellow peppers, eggplant (the mushroom-looking things), tomatoes, onions, and a little crumble of goat cheese over pasta.
Still needing to use up veggies, I made a casserole using all of the pattypan squash, the green tomatoes from last week, and a bit of leftover goat cheese. It was tasty but we needed to eat like the entire casserole pan to fill up. It would be good as a side dish with chicken, or topped with a couple of fried eggs. The recipe was based on this by Cajun Chef Ryan.
Using the mutton chops, my husband made this Mario Batali recipe: Ragu Strengozze. He’s the best. I didn’t make the pasta because as he cooked, I squeezed in a 4 mi run.
It was delicious and simple, but still considered a splurge meal. I like the fact that it only used a small amount of mutton, however he substituted butter for the pork fat, and the mutton itself was very fatty despite trimming it as best he could. I actually enjoyed this dish, mutton and all. The meat actually tasted milder than when I’ve had lamb in Indian foods, or when I’ve had lamb roast with my in-laws.
Too much pasta this week; add that to my ridiculous eating in Puerto Rico and I’m gonna be paying the price on the scale. I have upped my running this week so I hope it evens out by next week. I also think my iron levels may be low because I’ve had a tiredness that I just can’t shake and I felt a migraine coming on today.
I came home to a happy surprise: my first potato from my garden! A few months ago, I was buying some potatoes at one of my regular farmer’s market stops. Noticing some of them had roots sprouting, I asked the guy about whether I could plant them in a container. He shrugged and told me to try it, and then gave some sprouting baby potatoes for free. I put them in one of those orange 5-gallon buckets from home depot and it’s growing away.
I was worried about that vine turning yellow so I looked it up. It turns out that when the plant turns from dark green to yellow & withered looking, the potatoes underneath are ready! I pulled it up right away.
So cute! I just need a couple more so that I can make the best tortilla espanola ever.
I am SO looking forward to spending this weekend at home, and not working.