This morning began with my new favorite way to start a Saturday: hot yoga! Actually, the morning technically started with a light breakfast and getting my blood drawn for work-mandated blood tests, but we can pretend that part didn’t happen. All that matters is that I was entering the yoga studio at 10am with Vani, Olga, and Kate. Yay for enjoying yoga!
After yoga, Kate and I booked it down to Brooklyn to pick up our very first batch of CSA goodies!
Since Kate and I live only two subway stops apart, we decided to go in on a CSA share together for the season, and I’m so glad we did. The weather has been abnormally wet (understatement) lately, so pickings today were slim … but still exciting. Strawberries, arugula, asparagus, radishes, dill, chives, strawberries, rhubarb (we got half a stalk each, haha), and eggs:
Oh right, and loaaaaaaaaads of pea shoots! I started snacking on them immediately at the pick-up site:
Half of my pea shoots didn’t even make it all the way back to my apartment with me. Yeah, I was that girl chowing down on handfuls of leaves and flowers on the subway.
Obviously, lunch needed to involve some of the goods: the rest of my massaged kale salad with non-CSA arugula, cherries, and cucumbers; CSA pea shoots, radishes, and chives; the last bits of yesterday’s mangu and Diana‘s Indian food leftovers from last night; and drizzles of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and hemp seeds.
The salad hit the spot. All three times I’ve done hot yoga, I’ve left craving greens. It’s a lovely feeling!
My roommate Tara moved out this morning while I was gone (only six blocks away, but it’s still sad!!) and took all her pretty artwork with her. I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to re-inject some homeyness into the apartment … and found a gold mine of artwork that an old roommate left behind over three years ago!
So excited that my stairway looks happy again! The star of the wall is this very appropriate birthday present part 2 from the crazy-generous Olga:
Isn’t it perfect?
My other project of the day involved this earth-shattering find from Emily:
YES, it’s the BALLS!!!! I was so excited to set to work on making my very own bubble tea. I poured half the package of jumbo tapioca into a bowl:
I soaked the tapioca in water for about an hour as I would regular tapioca … but these balls reacted, errr, differently:
These balls must have been instant because they completely lost their ball shape and turned into sludge.
Far be it for me to waste sludge, though. I still poured it into a pot of boiling water and stirred and stirred until everything was cooked through. I saw that the tapioca was still developing the ball-texture — just in a more clumpy format.
I used a slotted spatula to remove all of the ball-clumps.
And then chopped them into little ball-bits:
Which found their way into the bottom of my yerba mate:
Just like the real kind! Except the balls were bits and I had no thick straw to suck them up. Next time, I will not soak the balls first.
With the rest of the tapioca goop that did not form into bits, I set to work on a pudding.
To the goop, I added some smushed CSA strawberries, an overripe banana, a bunch of fruit salad, spices, and vanilla. After immersion-blending, it was a bit too liquidy, so I tossed in 1/3 cup chia seeds to get some absorption action going on:
The pudding successfully thickened over the next couple hours in the fridge, and I enjoyed 1/2 cup of it with some fat free ricotta and a sprinkle of nutmeg:
It was fruity and refreshing and delicious. I love playing in the kitchen! (newsflash)
Have you eaten flowers before? And what is the goopiest food you eat?