Yesterday I came home to not one but two boxes from OOOOBY. I guess our three add ons this week meant that 1 box wasn’t quite enough for everything. Good thing I returned 3 boxes today. To send your delivery boxes back, all you have to do is leave your empty boxes out. When your box is delivered, they will take back any empty boxes to be reused.
I have a bunch of fruit and one kumara left over from last week. Our lemon tree is in full fruit and I made a yummy lemonade over the weekend. Might have to make another batch this week.
This week our CSA box included:
- 1 Broccoli
- 20 Mushrooms
- A huge bunch of Spinach
- 4 Spring Onion
- A bunch of Coriander
- 5 Pink Lady Apples
- 9 Green Kiwifruit
- 2 Grapefruit
- All Good Bananas
- Apple Juice 2L
- Wild Wheat Ciabatta
The most interesting thing in the box:
Grapefruit. The Koala isn’t keen. What am I going to do with it? Welcome to ideas!
Coriander. I adore coriander, but The Koala hates it. So I’ll probably be sprinkling it on my meals tableside. If can’t get through the whole bunch this week, I’m sure Tofu the bunny will give me a hand.
- Queen scallops and bacon fettuccine with spinach* and garlic butter sauce
- Bangers and mash. Lamb sausages, spring onion mash*, wilted spinach* and garlic mushrooms*
- Chicken congee (juk) with spring onion*, coriander* and shiitake mushrooms
- Beef Nachos with mexican beans, sour cream, coriander* and cheese
- Grilled salmon with lemon slices, broccoli* and cheese sauce, green rice (herb* and garlic)
- Buttery pan-fried mushrooms* and poached eggs on ciabatta* toast
- Something with grapefruit (as yet undecided)
* CSA from this week or previous week
CSA Link Party
I am part of a CSA box link party. A link party is a weekly or monthly round up of relevant blog links in one handy place. Anyone can submit their posts and if you are interested in CSA and what see what other people around the world are getting each week in their boxes, have a look at the What’s In The Box over at the blog In Her Chucks.
About CSA and OOOOBY
For those new to the concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This concept allows onsumers buy subscriptions or shares for a set amount of time in return for a weekly box of locally grown produce. Produce can come from from local farms, micro-growers, yours and your neighbour’s backyards, community gardens and organic farms. You join either as a consumer or a grower or both. Some growers swap produce for shares and others deliver or pack so it can be a engaging, social way of sharing food.
CSA is relatively new here in New Zealand and there are only a handful of companies/groups offering it. Price was always going to be a factor for me and the cute name and good looking design of OOOOBY really appeals to me.
I am not affiliated with OOOOBY and we pay for our box and add-ons with our own hard earned money. This is a review, not an ad, but if you would like to join OOOOBY, contact me about their their refer-a-friend scheme. It takes supporters for these kinds of ideas to flourish and they have a ways to go yet. Find out more about the concept at their website www.ooooby.org.
Read my other posts about CSA here.
You can always make dried coriander cookies – they taste something like biscotti. The coriander has a flavor somewhat like fennel or anise, that are common in biscotti. It’s a good way to use all of the coriander before it goes bad – and in something that will taste great with that lemonade or a nice cup of tea!
Thanks for the tip MJ. Biscotti is one of the few baked items I can make. Perhaps I could try a lemon zest and coriander biscotti then?
That sounds wonderful! If it works, I’d love the recipe. I like biscotti because it seems to last longer than other cookies – both because they are heartier, so you don’t eat as many, and because they are already pretty dry, so they don’t go bad so quickly.
I LOVE grapefruit. I can eat them as is. But here are two delicious recipes for grapefruit bread…let me know what you think 🙂 http://inherchucks.com/2012/01/29/grapefruit-poppy-seed-bread/ and http://inherchucks.com/2011/12/12/grapefruit-yogurt-cake/.
Come and add your link to this week’s party when you get a chance…http://inherchucks.com/2012/08/23/whats-in-the-box-40/. Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂
Thanks for sharing those. I have to admit, I’m a bit frightened of breadmaking.
Super easy…promise! More like a cake 🙂
Nice! I think your idea for butter-y mushrooms w/ poached egg on ciabatta will be making its way on to our meal plan this week, too!
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