This week's box of goodies is as follows:
Cauliflower OR Romanesco
*Bonus: Ugly Basil
First of all, there is no ugly basil - it's all good especially in a pesto that will be frozen for winter use. The pomegranate seeds will be crushed, strained and made into a salad dressing. If you are adventurous, there are Indian cooks who make a pickle out of the bitter rinds of the pomegranate, but this is beyond my skills. Apples will be great for snacks. The cauliflower or romansesco makes a great sauce for pasta - check out Lidia's Italy website at http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/450 (I'll be using gemelli for the pasta in this recipe). How about an iceberg lettuce, fennel and orange salad to perk up a meal? Napa cabbage, chard, leeks and kohlrabi can make a great mizutaki with some thinly sliced chicken breast or thighs added along with some carrots and udon noodles. A recipe can be found at http://japanesefood.about.com/od/chickenturkey/r/mizutaki.htm Lastly, the eggplant - make some baba ganoush for snacking or lunch using carrots and celery or pita bread as dippers.