Culinary Adventures, Fruit and Vege / CSA box, Green
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OOOBY BOX WEEK 1 – Review

Our first week trial run of local CSA company OOOOBY was a success. Every single item from last Tuesday’s CSA box was eaten before the next box was delivered although for a moment it looked like we weren’t going to get through all the fruit. But a solid weekend of fruit eating got us through the lot. I picked up a trick via Youtube on how to prepare kiwifruit and having pieces of ready to eat fruit on a platter made it more enticing. It was so much fun peeling kiwfruit this way, once I started, I couldn’t stop.

Last week our CSA box included:

Vegetables

  • 1 garlic (self certified organic)
  • 1 red skinned turnip (self certified organic)
  • 6 carrots (conventional sprays)
  • 1 fennel (certified organic)
  • 2 brown onions (certified organic)
  • A couple bunches of silverbeet (certified organic)
  • 6 agria potatoes (certified organic)
  • 1 large bunch of Italian parsley (Certified Organic)

Fruit

  • 6 newstead gold apples (conventional sprays)
  • 3 mandarins or naval oranges (BioGro certified)
  • 9 green kiwifruit (certified organic)

 Meals for week 1 included:

  • Baked chicken drumsticks with roast vegetables: red-skinned turnip*, carrots*, garlic*, onion*
  • Steak with garlic* and italian parsley* roast potatoes* served with buttered green beans and carrots*
  • Pan-fried salmon fillet with sautéed silverbeet*, garlic*, chili on white rice
  • Corned beef with fennel*, potato and carrot*.
  • Bangers and mash* with sautéed silverbeet* and carrot*
  • Potato* and leek soup with bacon bones served with butterey garlic* toast.
  • Baked Newstead Gold Apple* pudding
  • Fruit platter* with oranges and green kiwifruit

* From CSA box.

I was worried there would be too much food but we ate all the delivered vegetables plus a few extras that we bought outside of the CSA box: green beans, leeks, chili and extra potatoes.

Last week, we bought a whopping 10kg bag of potatoes for $6 from our local supermarket, so I’ve requested that we no longer receive potatoes in our CSA box. We usually buy 4kg or 5kg bags, but since the 4kg bag was $7, it was actually cheaper outright to buy the 10kg bag for $6. The potatoes are covered in dirt and great quality. I used to buy washed potatoes but I have since found that unwashed potatoes not only stay fresh longer, but they taste more potatoey.

It’s amazing how many potatoes two people can eat in a week and while I didn’t think we were going to eat 10kg before they went bad, I now am confident that we will have no trouble getting through the lot.

OOOOBY emails and Week 2

I don’t mind a complete surpise, but it’s nice having the OOOOBY list emailed the weekend before delivery as it means that I can start formulating a meal plan for the week. I’ve never been much of a weekly planner, but it’s an efficient way to shop and cook. Especially if you don’t want to be visiting the shops every second day. Our next delivery is this afternoon and I’ve already formulated a rough meal plan for this week’s CSA box which I will posting tomorrow morning.

By the way

I am in no way affiliated with OOOOBY and we paid for our box and add-ons with our own hard earned money. This is a review and not an advertisement. But if you would like to join OOOOBY, contact me about their their refer-a-friend scheme and we’ll get a free loaf of bread each. Your choice of kumara sourdough, ciabatta, mixed grain or even gluten free. Choice!

Read my other posts about CSA here.

5 Comments

  1. I’m so glad you are doing this, I have been contemplating joining this for a while now. Looks like it’s working pretty well. If we join up I will let you know so we can get some bread each hehe =)

    • Oh yes! Please do Rhiannon! I can’t remember if you are vegetarian or not but if you are, you might need a little more vegetables than the original box. Luckily, there are bigger boxes available for that reason.

  2. I make this soup all the time, except I usually use russet potatoes instead of red. I’ll be trying red out this week though. I also usually use hot italian turkey sausage which is awesome. It’s supposed to rain so this is great timing. Also, you must your kale (maybe chard since it’s so hearty). I tried spinach once but it just didn’t hold up or give the same flavor.

  3. I need to start planning meals. This week I decided I would limit my bread eating to 1 piece a day. I’m doing well so far… but its only 10:23am..

    • I don’t eat bread that much and I feel better if I don’t. To be honest, this is the first time I’ve made a weekly meal plan. Mostly because I know I need to use up all these vegetables before the next lot get delivered. Hope to stick to it.

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