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Bok Choy, Scallion and Anaheim Chili Omelette

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My non-stick skillet died recently. You know, when the center isn’t so non-stick anymore? After getting a new one, I decided that an omelette was in order. I mean, what else do you need a non-stick pan for?

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. canola oil
  • 2 anaheim chilis, chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch large bok choy (remove the stems) or 2 bunches of baby bok choy, roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Dash of milk
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a skillet and add the chilis and scallions. After 30 seconds or so, add the bok choy and salt and pepper to taste. It cooks down much like spinach does, so after tossing it in the oil, put a lid on the skillet and let the bok choy wilt a bit, tossing everything periodically. Remove the bok choy mixture from the pan when it’s sufficiently wilted.
  • Whisk the eggs with a bit of milk (I always do this, just the way I was taught to make eggs!) and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the egg mixture to the hot pan and let it sit for a few minutes until it becomes a bit opaque, then add the bok choy mixture and the cheese to one half of the eggs. Let sit a few minutes more, then flip the empty half over and remove the omelette to a plate.

Verdict:
This was a welcome change from my typical spinach and mushroom omelette (though I bet mushrooms would be fantastic in this!). There was a nice bite from the chilis, too! Great way to start the morning.

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Local Box Meal Plan: Sept. 21-25

It’s cold and rainy outside, so this meal plan reflects the weather! Lots of soups, stews and stick-to-your ribs food. You know as soon as I get my Local Box on Thursday we’ll be in the 90s again. Oh well.

This week, we’re getting sweet corn, summer squash from Naegelin, southern peas from Animal Farm or Lightsey, purple eggplant, herb from Pure Luck, tomatoes from McCall Creek Farm, lettuce from Bluebonnet Hydroponics, pears from Lightsey, a variety of citrus from G&S Groves, green chiles and serranos from Lundgren, and pickling cucumbers or radish from My Father’s Farm.

So I’m making:

Appetizers:

  • Panzanella with cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs (crossing fingers for cucumbers and basil!)
  • Eggplant and squash caponata on bruschetta
  • Green salad with pears, blue cheese and candied pecans

Dinner:

I use citrus in so many of my dishes that I can’t think of anything I won’t use it in!

Thai Eggplant and Basil Stir-Fry (Pud Makua Yow)

[Printable Recipe]

Greenling brought us a beautiful bunch of basil and some cute little eggplants this week. I was still feeling inspired by the cooking class at Thai Fresh, so I decided to make a Thai dish to go with our lettuce wraps.

From Thai Table

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 chili peppers (I used 2 jalapenos that came in our box of peppers last week)
  • 1 lb. eggplant
  • 1 c. water
  • 10 large basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce

Directions:

  • Chop the eggplant into chunks so that they are easier to flip in the pan. The skin should be left on. Greenling sent the cutest little mini eggplants, so I just quartered them.

  • Heat the canola oil over high heat, then add the garlic and jalapenos to the wok or skillet and saute until the garlic is lightly browned.
  • Add the eggplant to the pan and saute for a minute, then add the water. Cover the pan and let simmer for ~6-7 minutes until the water has evaporated and the eggplant is cooked.
  • Add the basil, sugar and fish sauce and toss to coat in the eggplant mixture. I left the basil whole so that it wilted in the mixture, but it can be chopped also. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.


I squeezed a bit of lime over the eggplant when it was done. Divine!

Verdict:
You all have heard my gripes about the texture of eggplant before, but this was actually really great! The flavors were wonderfully spicy-sweet and the eggplant was soft, yet retained its structure. And the seeds were relatively benign. =)

Report from Fearless Forager, week of 09.29.2008

Here’s what to look for in this week’s Local Box:

  • Bibb lettuce
  • red bell peppers
  • green beans
  • Meyer lemons
  • Key limes
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • eggplant
  • sweet potatoes
  • chili peppers
  • red potatoes
  • baby greens bouquet
  • cherry tomatoes
  • garlic chives
  • crimini mushrooms
  • basil

Chiles for All Seasons

It was great to find roasted chiles in this week’s Local Box. But if you’re like me, you’ve still got some fresh chiles in the fridge from Local Boxes past. What to do with them? Marysol Valle of Hands of the Earth farm dries her chiles, then seasons with them all winter long. Halve them first she says, and seed ’em or not, depending on how spicy you like them. Then lay them out on screens in a place with good venitilation, and perhaps a little sun (but not too much). After they’re dry, she pulverizes them in a dedicated coffee grinder, then stores in airtight containers. That’s one way to keep warm with the cold weather comes!

Report from Fearless Forager, week of 09.15.2008

Here’s what to look for in your Local Box this week:

  • green beans
  • yellow squash
  • 1015 yellow onions
  • Italian parsley
  • cucumbers, Italian and standard
  • Meyer lemons
  • Key limes
  • zucchini
  • lemongrass
  • French sorrel
  • eggplant
  • red burgundy onions or crimini mushrooms
  • chile peppers
  • red potatoes
  • tomatoes, slicing or cherry
  • lettuce
  • basil

What are you planning out of your Local Box this week?

Report from Fearless Forager, week of 09.08.2008

Here’s the forecast for Greenling Local Boxes this week:

  • onions (yellow 1015’s & red burgundy)
  • garlic chives
  • cucumber
  • Meyer lemons
  • Key limes
  • zucchini
  • sunburst squash
  • okra
  • eggplant
  • chiles
  • jalapeƱos
  • red potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • slicing tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • basil
  • red bell peppers