Every once in a while the planets align perfectly and those who were once strangers, become a team. More that a team, they’re now part of the always growing Rumar family. As the summer comes to an end, most of this fabulous team are heading back to school and we wish them all the best in their journey through life. It was a pleasure working with them and each contributed in a big way towards your weekly food baskets. We are lucky that Mercedes will still be with us until the end of the season (your last basket is just before thanksgiving). So not to fear, you can still expect wonderful produce in the coming weeks!!
Back this week by popular demand are farm fresh eggs. Many of you have commented on how great they taste compared to store bought varieties. As we designed the basket this week we kept a family favourite recipe in mind. Its called Eggs in Purgatory and you will have everything this week in your basket to make it. It’s fast and simple for brunch or a light summer supper. I can make it in less than 15 minutes so give it a try. Heat up 1/4 cup olive oil in a medium skillet, add 5 cloves of chopped garlic, salt and black pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes then add a 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes until the tomatoes split. Reduce heat and cover pan smashing the tomatoes from time to time with a wooden spoon until saucy (5 -7 minutes), Crack 6 eggs into mixture spacing them evenly and season, cover until the whites are set (4-6 minutes). Carefully spoon eggs into shallow bowls and add the tomato sauce around the eggs. Serve with a baguette and salad. Trust me you will love this!
Here is what you can expect this week:
Back to School Fruit Mix With the kids going back next week we decided a large basket of mixed fruit would be a nice treat for their lunches. In it are Bartlett pears, peaches and purple plums.
Farm Fresh Eggs Just like last time and enough for the recipe above.
Cherry Tomatoes Enough for the recipe above (with some left over for your salad).
Kale Here is an easy kale salad recipe that takes only 5 minutes to make with 5 easy ingredients and tastes great with just about everything! It is suggested to message the kale first. Chop or tear into bite sized pieces, drizzle with a few glugs of olive oil and get your hands in there and message for about 1-2 minutes. Add lemon juice, parmesan cheese and nuts. Toss until evenly combined, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Serve.
Jalapeño Peppers You may want to use them in your salsa recipe or why not finally try making poppers. Stuff with cheddar cheese and cream cheese, with bread crumbs for a crunch. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. These are healthier than the fried version.
Eggplant Are you an eggplant skeptic? The best way to learn to love them is to make eggplant parmesan. Make a homemade marinara sauce and use the basil you also have on hand! Go for it.
Thai Basil Spicy with an anise, or licorice-like flavour and their sturdy leaves hold up better during cooking (than sweet basil). This variety goes well with East and Southeast Asian foods. You can eat it raw as well, it really jazzes up a plain old cucumber and tomato salad. Get adventurous and make a spicy noodle bowl with beef and peach.