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?