Monday, November 24, 2008


We received our first box of veggies on Saturday. Of course nothing ever goes right for us, there was a small problem with our box as it was missing a number of things. The organization we purchase from said they would replace those items in our next shipment though so everything will eventually get straightened out.

The amount of stuff we did get is a little intimidating. This one incomplete box contained more fruit and veggies than we have purchased in the last 2 months. One of the things I was a little concerned about when we initially signed up for this program was that we would get things that no one would want to eat. The first shipment contained a number of yams and lots of broccoli. Lorna and I like broccoli in Chinese food but we won't go out of our way to eat it, Paul really dislikes it (I think he'd rather eat the horse manure outside), and Malachi hates all fresh veggies.

On Saturday night I made broccoli au gratin to go with some chicken wraps. We are still getting lots of tomatoes out of our garden so I'm still trying to come up with ways to use them up. Amazingly Paul really liked the broccoli. I have never cooked broccoli before so I was just glad it came out okay.

Last night I made a creamy veggie soup that used celery, potatoes, broccoli, and carrots from our box. I've never made soup before and the recipe seemed to be kind of basic, assuming you knew what you were doing, so I wasn't sure I was cooking everything correctly. I thought the cut up veggies were kind of pretty so I snapped a picture.

The soup came out great. Malachi even said it was okay although we did have to fight him to get him to finish the little bit I gave him.

One of the things we've noticed about the shipment we received is that all the produce tastes different than the stuff we buy at the market. The celery actually has a flavor and the carrots are really sweet. I guess there is a very large difference in fresh organic produce when compared to regular grocery store produce. Now I just have to figure out what to do with yams...


yurtcraft said...

That looks delicious! I am jealous of your fresh veggies!

Marie N. said...

That soup looks fantastic! Due to our colder climate I make a lot of soups and stews in wintertime.

Yams are yummy but a pain to prepare for me. I bake them, cool till I can handle, slip them out of their skins, slice and put in a dish with some butter and brown sugar (or butter and maple syrup.) Then re-heat to eat. That is a lot of effort when I have one who will not eat them at all.

Some people whip them too, but I have not bothered.

Morgan the (Almost) Muse said...

Err, yams... I know nothing about them. But it looks like other people do, so good thing you do not have me to depend on!

I just wanted to say that I gave you an award for your blog! A small token of my gratitude. I think you may have got it before, but who knows? Maybe not. Anyway... I am not so good with words, sorry.

Jane said...

We just bake them most of the time and eat them with butter, salt, and pepper, or--in Bethany's case--with brown sugar and cinnamon.

It is amazing how much better REAL veggies taste!