|Scott's sister, the photographer, took some lovely photos of our farm|
this holiday weekend, including this one of freshly harvested radishes.
Thank you Stacy!
|Early wonder tall top greens above,|
chioggia beets below. The chioggias are
sweet and tender. Try them raw in
On another note, we understand some members may be starting to feel a little overwhelmed by greens at this point. We want to make sure that everyone gets their fill, but we know you can't always get through all of the greens in your share in one week. If you have spare greens, remember that you can preserve them for later. That way, when the urge for kale hits you in the middle of February (you know it will, you're hooked now) you can dip into your stash of dried stuff, rather than buying a $3.50 bunch from California.
If you are interested in drying some greens, here is how. Kale, beet greens, chard, and mizuna dry well. I haven't tried drying all of the greens in the braising mix yet but I think it should work. I will let you know when I try it.
If you would rather freeze your greens, that's pretty simple too. First you need to blanch them by dipping them in boiling water (place them in a strainer basket and dip that into the boiling water) just until they wilt. Then cool them quickly under running water or in a bowl of ice water. Squeeze out excess liquid, chop roughly, pack into a zip top bag, label and freeze. Kale, chard, beet greens, braising mix, arugula, and mustard all freeze very well.
Of course, if you want to eat your greens up right away you can always try the following quiche recipe. I have shared one version or another of this quiche with members every year so far and I'm sure I will continue to do so. It's fast, delicious, and a great way to eat your greens. Why wouldn't I share it?
Quiche with Braised Greens
This is a very flexible recipe. Sausage works well instead of the bacon. You can make it vegetarian by omitting the bacon and cooking the greens in some olive oil. Also, it can be made with just about any green you want, so try them all.
Preheat the oven to 425 F
For the crust:
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
For the filling:
- Four slices thick cut bacon
- One bunch green onions, sliced thinly or one small small onion, diced
- 3/4 pound braising mix (the amount in one share), chopped roughly
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup water
- Three eggs
- One cup milk
To make the crust:
- Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl.
- Stir together the oil and water briskly with a fork until they have emulsified.
- Pour the oil and water onto the flour and stir until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
- Press the dough into a pie plate and refrigerate while the filling is prepared.
To make the filling:
- Fry the bacon in a large skillet until it is crisp enough to crumble. Remove the bacon from the pan and set it aside to cool slightly.
- Add the onion to the skillet and stir until it is just soft.
- Add the braising mix to the skillet along with fresh ground pepper to taste.
- Stir the greens until they are wilted.
- Add 1/2 cup water to the skillet.
- Cover the skillet and allow the greens to simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Stir together the milk and eggs until they are uniformly combined.
- When the greens are done simmering, remove them from the pan, leaving most of the liquid behind, and place them in the prepared crust.
- Crumble the bacon on top of the greens.
- Pour the milk and eggs over the greens and bacon.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 425 F. When the quiche is ready, the top will be golden brown and the center firm.