"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

The Box and me

by Julie Tilsner on June 9, 2010

in Green Goddess

The box THE BOX arrived, after much anticipation. And it was …not intimidating. I did not run howling from it when I opened the lid. I did not twitch, nor grimace at the mysteries within. Truth be told, when I finally opened THE BOX on my front porch on Monday, I was a bit underwhelmed.

Two heads of broccoli, four small potatoes, eight oranges, two grapefruits (or pomelo's, not sure) one bundle of carrots, a clamshell of green beans and one of strawberries. And one big-ass head of lettuce. Not sure what kind. 

I could do this no problem.

Indeed, by Monday evening, the carrots were gone. By Tuesday evening, the strawberries and half the oranges were gone. Plus one head of broccoli.  I didn't even have to call anyone for a recipe, although my incredible urban mama colleague Sarah Gilbert offered up a hell of an idea for broccoli that I'll tell you about in a minute.

I was a little put out that I didn't get any avocados. Or any beets. I snooped through my neighbor Robin's box the other day and oohed and ahhed at her beets and onions and avocados…none of which were in mine. Feh. But she gets the big box and I started small.

This may have to change. 

OK: Here's what Sarah wrote on my Facebook Page:

    …but if you want a fancy recipe, cook the broccoli in a little water with some of the tangerine peel, salt, and a little garlic
if you have it, just until it's almost tender. you can cut out the
hearts of the stems and use them too (peel the outside with a paring
knife like an artichoke). cool quickly (ice bath or trip to the
fridge), then serve that on top of the lettuce with some of the
tangerine pulp and olive oil and salt. crunchy good salt!

Jeez! With friends like these…who can remain a Bad Home Cook?

Stay tuned…

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

a June 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

have you tried this recipe yet? i feel like it could turn out really good or really bad…i think it’s the tangerine peel that is thrwoing me off. and eating it over lettuce. there was a really good recipe in the nytimes a while back for sesame cured broccoli. i’ve tried it and it was very good and easy.


JenniferPalais June 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

I was getting a “box” for awhile and really loved it…but since it is just moi I was always racing against the clock a bit to finish everything. Would love to hear any recipes that come from trying to figure out what to do with some of the random veggies you get…


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