The Revenge of Veg Friday

[the pics depict holden's first kite flying adventure. much more entertaining than a still life of veggies, methinks.]

The sun has only just peeked it’s bright face here in Portland these past few days, and I don’t want to scare it away by being overly optimistic, but we’re planning a teensy tiny smallest of small summer solstice celebration this evening. Really, no big deal Sun, so if you retreat, we will not cry. Well, maybe just a little.


We’ll build some fairy houses, kiss the trees, maybe sing one song and attempt to eat the entire contents of this week’s CSA bin (plus last week’s spring onions and garlic scapes) in preparation for leaving town on Monday. I don’t want any sad veggies left pouting alone in the crisper next week. So that’s the plan.


Here’s what last week’s veggie adventure looked like:

We ate lots of quinoa salads using the zuchinni, cabbage, arugula and spinach. I love this salad because it welcomes any orphan veggie that I don’t have a recipe for (BTW, quinoa is pronounced “Keen Wah,” I should’ve mentioned that, sorry. Also, you need to use seasoned rice vinegar, not the regular unflavored kind. And did I mention quinoa likes to be sung to? Just a little ditty or limerick, it has quite a sense of humor. Hee)

My favorite bin item was the cabbage. So crisp and sweet, it replaced our regular green salad for a few nights. I added thinly sliced apples and the sugar snap peas and made a vinaigrette using seasoned rice vinegar, sesame oil and olive oil. Yum.


I cooked the rhubarb with the strawberries, lots of ginger and some mint into an ice cream-topping compote. Brian won’t go near strawberries so the kids and I are still working through our jam jar of this. Yum again.

And as I mentioned, we’ll be MIA next week, getting spoiled visiting the grandpeeps. I was trying to decide between bringing my laptop or my sewing machine, and decided to bring neither. None. Nilch. Nada. I’m bringing some hand sewing and the pile of books I’m reading and zero pressure to finish either. So have a lovely solstice, weekend and week, my friends. I’ll be back here sometime next week! xo


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Have a great week away - hope you and kids get spoiled and enjoy the break way from the computer and sewing machine! No doubt you will come back refreshed and ready to tackle some new projects.

Paper Dolls for Boys said...

Have a great time! Hope you are spoiled with some time to yourself!

And that cabbage salad sounds amazing.


Mary Beth said...

Have a wonderful trip! Hope the solstice was delightful.

Jessica said...

I hope your trip is wonderful. I'm sure it will be a very relaxing vacation without a computer or a sewing machine. Enjoy the quiet, refreshing days!

Tamar said...

So many delicious ideas here - I am definitely going to borrow a few. (And maybe someday I will stop pronouncing it "Kee-NO-ah" in my head.) Have a wonderful, sunny time!

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