CSA Use-up Curry
CSA Bounty (We use stems, peels, and all unless noted)
Tat Soi, entire bunch, shredded
Mizuna, entire bunch, shredded
Bok Choy, I had only rind, sliced thin
Green Tomatoes, the more the better, sliced thin!!!!
Pole Beans, entire bunch, sliced thin lengthwise ‘julienne’
Green Papaya, 1, peeled, deseeded, then shredded
Basil, entire bunch
Turmeric, large hunk, peeled
Lemon Grass, blended paste from previous week, 1 Tbsp?
Green Onion, 6 whole (we include roots and all)
Chiles, 2, deseeded, stem removed
Sugar Cane, a simple syrup from previous week, 1 Tbsp?
Moringa Powder, sprinkled in ~ 1 Tbsp
Ginger, medium chunk, peeled
Cumin, a good bit
Cinnamon Stick, a good bit, grated on micro planer
Curry, a good bit, I used green paste, but to each their own
Coconut Milk, 3 Cups
Garlic, 10 Cloves, peeled then minced
Red Onion, 1 Large, peeled then sliced thin
Garbanzo Beans, 2 Cups, cooked
Chicken, 1 lb, sliced thin*
Brown Rice, to serve curry over
To make the sauce, blend until smooth: Basil, Turmeric, Lemon Grass paste, Green Onion, Chilies, Sugar Cane syrup, Moringa Powder, Ginger, Cumin, Cinnamon, Curry, and Coconut Milk. Set sauce aside.
In a big deep skillet heat a splash of oil on medium heat. Sauté veggies until soft. I went Red Onions and Garlic till soft. Added Pole Beans and Green Papaya cooked covered until soft. Then added Green Tomatoes and Garbanzo Beans for a few minutes before adding Tat Soi, Mizuna, and Bok Choy along with the Sauce. Finally reducing to simmer until everything was nicely thickened and cooked together. Throw over brown rice & eat. Also surprisingly tasty served cold either over rice, in a wrap, or on a salad of lettuce.
*If you are adding chicken: Pour just enough blended sauce over sliced raw chicken to cover and let sit for 30 minutes to marinate then cook chicken in small batches spreading pieces out in the pan so they are not crowded. Brown for a few minutes on each side. When the chicken pieces are cooked and no pink remains, remove from pan. Use the same pan to cook the veggies as above but add the cooked chicken and remainder of the sauce back to the pan at the same point you add the last batch of veggies.
Oh yes, my personal waffling statement: I have a hard time with recipes. Cooking uses so many of my senses but often bypasses my brain so at the table if there is an enthusiastic reception and the question of, “what’s in here” I am reduced to checking my cutting board to investigate what went in the pot. Thus all elements are estimates, and most likely results are not exactly replicable, isn’t that nice? We just ended up loving this dish and were so excited that it could represent such tastiness from all our CSA odds and ends lingering around the kitchen. Cheers!
Recipe by Diana and Rustin Cameron via Member 2 Member
Caledonia Stone Soup
The judges at Taste of St. Croix had a dish we are sure they will remember for a long time. As they received the dish, in came all the parts: a whole pumpkin opened at the top like a jack-o-lantern, a bamboo tray with coconut shell cups containing fresh ingredients, a bamboo insulator with red-hot stones, tongs, safety glasses, and directions.
1) Put on safety glasses
2) Remove the pumpkin lid (which contained fresh local red snapper broth)
3) Add first 2 coconut cups containing fresh hand-sqeezed coconut milk and sliced kaffir lime, grated ginger and turmeric, and finely chopped lemongrass
4) Add red hot Caledonia stones (just pulled from the fire) from container with tongs into pumpkin until water boils, then cover and let simmer for 3 minutes
5) Remove pumpkin lid, let steam off, then add diced heirloom cherokee purple tomatoes and malabar spinach to finish
6) Serve with ladle into coconut cups, enjoy!
We have to admit, we were surprised and elated to hear our names over the loudspeaker as first place winners, especially with such fine restaurants Savant and Tutto Bene in 2nd and 3rd place in the category! We are sure that with our farm-grown creation the judges really got a true taste of St. Croix!
Thanks to all the help -Jessica, Shelli, Patrick, and Nadja for making this laborious dish a huge success!
Recipe by Nate Olive & Tahirah Abu-Bakr
Curried Coconut Papaya Chayote
Preparation time: 25 minutes
1 1/2 cups fresh coconut milk
2 cups diced green papaya
1 cups diced chayote (WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING TO PREVENT SLIGHT CAUSTIC AFFECT)
2 tablespoons curry power
1 teaspoon minced turmeric
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Saute onions & green papaya until papaya gets soft. The add chayote & other seasonings, mix to cover chunks with seasoning. Both chayote and papaya really soak up the seasoning!
Once soft, add coconut milk and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add some whole hot peppers before this step for optional extra seasoning. Do not overcook, or chunks can lose firmness.
Serve hot, but let cool slightly first, as papaya and chayote can really retain heat even when the rest of dish is only warm.
Recipe by Shelli Brin, inspired by Angletta Pascal
Green Papaya Salad with Turmeric
Makes 6-8 Servings
3-4 medium green papayas (papayas with orange spots are okay too)
2 cloves of garlic
4 small turmeric roots
4-6 basil leaves
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons apple cider or balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
Peel away tough outer layer of papayas. Once you reach the light colored flesh, keep peeling fleshy layers into a serving bowl until you reach seeds.
Peel and chop basil, garlic and turmeric roots very fine, then add to papaya.
Pour on olive oil and vinegar, add a dash of salt and pepper.
Toss with hands to blend flavors and let sit for 10-15 minutes for flavors to soak in. Enjoy!
Recipe by Julia Meurice
Our featured recipes come from being created spontaneously by our farm staff in the community center kitchen, restaurant friends' recipes, from our wonderful CSA members, as well as supplemented with findings from ones we've found online and really like.