|Simple pasta sauce: green onions, morels, asparagus and cream (and salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg|
I feel their pain. There are times when I feel that vegetables are controlling my life. Like right now. We have our own asparagus patch, and the spears have been coming on like gangbusters the last few days. I cannot ignore them. I have to deal with them. We have given some away, which is a lot of fun. We have had asparagus and poached eggs on toast. Roasted asparagus. Stir fried asparagus and green onions with rice noodles and tofu (kind of my own version of pad thai). Asparagus soup. Scrambled eggs with asparagus and morel mushrooms. Tomorrow I think I will make asparagus crepes with mushroom sauce. Or perhaps sauteed mushrooms and asparagus with cream over pasta.
|Plain steamed asparagus - add to eggs, soup, pasta, salad|
|Scrambled eggs with morel mushrooms and asparagus.|
But I don't mind letting vegetables take control. I think it is a good thing. Because we have been eating some really good meals in our house. It is true that the asparagus is demanding. Sometimes I even have to put other things aside in order to deal with it. But it is also so rewarding. So full of flavor and nutrition. So fleeting. Before we know it asparagus season will have passed and something new will be making demands on me - spinach or lettuce or radishes. Meanwhile, I have decided that there are worse things than letting vegetables run part of my life. (And besides, I still get to make lots of important decisions, like what kind of shampoo and toothpaste to use and who to vote for.)
So you can decide where you are on this important issue. Are you ready to let the contents of your CSA box control at least part of what you eat? Do you want to reap the rewards that will come from letting seasonal vegetables guide your meal choices? If you are ready to make a vegetable commitment, welcome aboard. We will have some fun this year cooking out of the box.