Saturday, July 3, 2010
My organic vegetable box seems to get better and better every week. Last week Niamh delivered a fantastic box of loveliness - those strawberries tasted like about ten strawberries concentrated in each one - the sort of strawberries that I imagined farmers wives giving to Enid Blyton's Famous Five for their picnics (along with lashings and lashings of ginger beer!!).
Those are the peas that didn't see the cooking pot despite my having planned to use them in the pea and rice soup I posted on Monday (they were delicious!)*. In the right hand corner there is a pot of Lemon Balm, which I used in a salsa verde type sauce for some fish.
3 tbsp lemon balm - chopped
2 tbsp coriander - chopped
2 tbsp parsley - chopped
2 anchovies - chopped
2 garlic cloves - grated
2 tbsp capers - drained
zest and juice from one lime
extra virgin olive oil.
Make a paste from the anchovies, by mashing them with the side of a knife on a chopping board. Add this paste to the chopped herbs, lime zest and juice. If your capers are large - chop them up, otherwise just add to the sauce. Add good extra virgin olive oil to taste. Season with pepper and serve with your fish of choice.
The lemon balm added an extra something to the sauce, it was wonderfully tangy and fresh, a lovely combination with hake fillets.
* Pea pods can be used to make a really tasty vegetable stock AND you have the satisfaction of feeling like a Suzie Homemaker (waste not want not!)
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What a good idea ! I have a surfeit of lemon balm...
That sounds lovely!
I love salsa verde, it's so good in winter with boiled meat!
I was about to say that i'm jealous of your veg box but I have cherries growing on my tress, salad in the ground, strawbs to be picked at the farm down the road... am I showing off? ... well...i'll be jealous come the winter!
Dominic - no veg deliveries during the winter, and I saw your lovely carrot and beetroot, so I'm the one who's a bit green round the eyes!!!!
Liz, I'm also thinking of trying a pesto with it, always worth a go!!
Manu, that's a great idea, it would really brighten up meat in the winter.
Thanks Emmalene :-}
Your description of the strawberries brought a big smile to my face. Smashingly delicious I gather. Yummmmmm :)
oh this looks so delicious.
i want a veg box :(
Salsa verde is always so good, especially the homemade ones... :)
looks good, but you might want to crush the capers or chop them up a bit. sometimes the caper flavor is too intense.
Loved this post. Can't wait to give your Salsa Verde a try.
innovative and interesting
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