Found in Rani Sidhu’s Menus and Memories from Punjab cookbook, this is a classic recipe for Baingan Bharta, a roasted eggplant purée. The word ‘Bharta’ (pronounced BHURR-taah) refers to dishes in which the ingredients are roughly mashed either before or after the dish is prepared. Bhartas are largely North Indian in origin and made from all sorts of vegetables. Yields 10 half-cup servings. (more…)
Garden, or English peas, are your standard “pea in a pod.” They have more nutrients and calories than snow or sugar snap peas and are a bit more work as they need to be shelled. Garden peas are sweet and succulent for three to four days after they are picked, but turn mushy and starchy very quickly after harvesting. So use them fast! (more…)
Sugar snap peas, unlike last week’s garden peas, have edible pods that are filled with plump sweet peas. Use them quickly as they lose their flavor and structure when stored. They can be eaten raw, but are best when cooked, requiring little time: steam sugar snaps for about 4 minutes.
Sugar snap peas are a member of the legume family and are a good source of folate, vitamins A and C, and zinc.
This recipe uses many of the vegetables we will be getting this week! Stir frying is a versatile way to put your CSA veggies to good use. You can really substitute almost any other vegetable for the ones listed in this recipe and it will still turn out great. Use your imagination! For a vegetarian option, leave out the chicken, use tofu or other protein, and use vegetable stock.
This recipe appeared in the New York Times by one of our favorite chefs, Mark Bittman. The recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes; be mindful not to overcook the lettuce so that it retains its sweetness. Try using Swiss chard (leaves only) and a leek in lieu of the shallot and lettuce. Vegetarians can omit the prosciutto. The recipe serves 4. (more…)