Well, the heat outside today is frightful, but for our summer heat-loving veggies, it's ever so delightful. One farmer is out there wilting, while this farmer gets to sit in the local coffee shop and sip an iced coffee while putting together this Newsblog. Level of guilt is minimal since one farmer got to enjoy a July 4th weekend of fun in the sun, while this farmer kept the livestock happy and healthy, and the plants well-watered. The karmic joys of life!
A Report From the Fields
Dusty and dry are the two words that come to mind as we move around the farm these days. Our cover crops of oats and peas that were planted in next years vegetable production area for increasing fertility are dry, withered up husks. We are pasturing the chickens and pigs in this area, though while there is no greenery in the field to speak of, at least they have room to range. Actually the pigs are fairly content chomping on the spring peas which have formed on the cover crops. The idea is to put another round of summer cover crops into this section to continue improving the soil, however, we depend strongly upon Mother Nature to deliver water. So we're keeping our fingers crossed!
Broccoli is on the menu...!
Broccoli is in high gear production right now, so let's take a quick look at some fun broccoli recipes. First off, if you don't have the time to use the broccoli, go ahead and freeze it for a wintertime treat. (Frozen broccoli works really well in a few different soups which will be discussed come Soup Season.) Again, just blanch it in boiling water for 1-1 1/2 minutes, drop in ice water immediately, then freeze away.
Otherwise, here are a couple different ways I personally love to eat broccoli, one raw version, one cooked version.
Pad See Ew
Having working in Thai Restaurants for many years, I have come to love Pad See Ew. It's almost like a comfort food for me. I know making a stir fry can seem a bit daunting, but this recipe is actually very straight-forward. It helps tremendously if you have a wok, but a large fry pan works just as well. The key to a stir fry is cooking on high heat, very quickly and constantly stirring the ingredients.
Broccoli Salads! Here are two different versions of raw broccoli salads.
Asian-style Broccoli Salad w/ Peanut Sauce.
BROCCOLI SALAD INGREDIENTS:
TO MAKE THE BROCCOLI SALAD:Heat a large pot of water until it is boiling. Add in the broccoli florets and boil for 30 seconds. Use a strainer to transfer them into a bowl of ice water, which will immediately halt the cooking process. Drain. Then add the remaining ingredients and toss until combined. Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds if desired.
TO MAKE THE PEANUT SAUCE:Whisk all ingredients together until combined. If the dressing is too thick, whisk in hot water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the consistency you desire.
BROCCOLI SALAD WITH HONEY YOGURT DRESSING
HONEY YOGURT DRESSING