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CSA Share 3

11 Jun

This is what we got for week 3 of our CSA membership.

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The share looks smaller this week but it was heavier!

We got:
summer squash – 3 funky shaped ones
strawberries – each week they’re getting bigger and darker
butter lettuce – baby head means no bitterness, yummy!
red butter lettuce – I think, it might be red leaf, looks like a cross
parsley – more!?! I realized I really hate parsley.. even more than cilantro. Anyone want free parsley?
tuscan kale – looks gorgeous! kale is so tasty.
bacon avocados – oooOoOOoOh, we got FOUR
oyster mushrooms – yay! shrooms!

avocados, oyster mushrooms and summer squash

We have a lot of summer squash piling up. Turns out Brian doesn’t like them and I don’t love them. I wish we had a grill because I liked them grilled but I just end up pan frying them. Any ideas? I have a squash gratin recipe but I don’t know how that will turn out. I could also make lasagna but that would be way too much food for 2 people and not likely something we want twice.

I never heard of Bacon Avocados before so I looked it up. Apparently they’re “light tasting” so I’m assuming they’ll be less rich than the Hass Avocado. I do know that I don’t love Florida avocados. I don’t know if that’s the official name but they’re the ones commonly grown in Florida and are the giant smooth skinned green ones. The flavor does not compare to Californian strains.

Going to Google tonight with Amanda. Might go strawberry picking this weekend! Looks like it’s going to be a warmer weekend, yay!

Biking to Foster City

6 Jun kite surfers

First off, food I made for Friday lunch were avocado summer rolls. They had avocado, sprouts, Thai basil, rice noodles, red butter lettuce, and pickled carrots.

avocado summer rolls

For Friday dinner, I got to visit Google!! I had some fantastic food and ate lots of snacks. I didn’t take any pictures because everything was new to me and I didn’t want to seem more out of place than I already was with my visitor sticker. We ate at No Name Cafe, which features a seasonal vegetarian menu. Since it was dinner service, they also had meat. The vegetarian theme was Thai food and their curry and coconut rice were amazing. I also had shrimp scampi, stir fry broccoli, green peas in shell, buttered toasts with Manchego cheese and goat cheese brie, cherry chocolate chip cookies, whipped Greek yogurt mousse with honey and blackberries, and some vegan mango smoothie. Everything was yummy and from fresh ingredients.

approximate path, the whole trip was 14 miles!

On Saturday, we went biking. Starting out I was full of energy. We biked through the streets of San Mateo until we reached the start of the Bay Trail where we were able to leave traffic (biking in traffic makes me nervous). The area by the trail head was great for picnic-ing because there were grassy areas, picnic benches and even a man made sand area with shaded spots. There were lots of families out enjoying the sun.

The trail was great! Not crowded but not desolate either and most importantly, not hilly. It’s right by the water so the scenery was nice and there was a great breeze. Although the water was pretty brown when we started out (low tide), it turned a much nicer blue as it got deeper. We could see many wind surfers and kite surfers in the water since it was a super windy spot.

there were probably 3x more in the water than this pic

Our destination goal was Foster City because there was a park there where we were going to have lunch. To our delight, we found a festival in that very park! It was a pretty standard festival/street fair/carnival set up with kiddie rides, booths to shop at, food stands, local community organizations, etc. We got to explore an ambulance, look at all the compartments of a fully stocked fire truck, shop around and finally we found a nice gazebo along the lake away from all the noise to have lunch. Luckily we brought our own food because otherwise we would be tempted to get expensive unhealthy carnival food like funnel cake!

foster city festival

Here’s the food we brought with us. We got it in a supermarket in San Mateo so it was cheap. The spicy tuna sushi was really, really good because it had masago (fish eggs) and scallions in it. We also got spam musubi, a salmon onigiri and a kombu (seaweed) onigiri.

sushi lunch

While lunching we watched a dragon boat team practice rowing. They didn’t have a drummer so the guy was yelling his throat out counting the strokes for them.

We saw a flag that looked like a fail whale so we called it the fail whale boat. Someone should make a fail whale boating company.

When we were biking home, the wind had picked up considerably. It was pushing against us so it was a really difficult bike home. We were really tired and my butt was killing me (crappy bike seat). It was such a relief to make it home. I was sweating so much that I immediately changed into my swim suit and took a dip in the pool. It felt amazing.

For dinner we went over to Anya’s potluck cheesecake party. We made a Korean spinach side dish because had a whole plastic shopping bag full of fresh spinach from the CSA share. Look at how much spinach there was.

After blanching it, squeezing it dry and mixing it with the sauce, we were left with a much smaller volume. We followed Maangchi’s recipe for sigeumchi naumul.

We finished our meal with the strawberry parfait cheesecake that Anya spent hours making. It was amazingly good and put everyone into a food coma.

strawberry parfait cheesecake

Bento 4

25 Jan

It was raining cats and dogs this morning! I borrowed rain boots and took a giant umbrella and went out to buy cucumber and avocado for sushi. Looked at rain boots too but nothing really stood out. I will have to check out Century 21 next. I have class until 9:15pm today. =( I managed to take a nice photo because the rain stopped and the sun is shining. What a day.

bento 4
Smoked salmon sushi rolls with egg, avocado, cucumbers, carrots and toasted sesame seeds.