The rest of yesterday involved lots of locally grown freshness. Lunch, of course, had to incorporate my CSA goodies!
I put together a salad in three layers: (1) fresh arugula and pea shoots; (2) mix of CSA radishes, garlic chives, asparagus, dill, and (non-CSA) cucumber, cherries, red wine vinegar, my mom’s herb-infused olive oil, and sea salt; and (3) thawed and re-seared tuna from this event ages ago, homemade parmesan, and freshly ground black pepper.
I had a pretty much identical salad for dinner (followed by my very last slice of healthy cheesecake with rhubarb sauce, fruit salad, and a Newman’s chocolate chocolate O).
The salad was delicious, but the highlight of lunch came on the side! I toasted the piece of naan I had left over from Indian food Friday night and spread it with homemade three-leaf pesto. To make the pesto, I mixed CSA radish leaves, CSA pea shoots, and homegrown basil:
And used an immersion-blender to “puree” the leaves with mom’s herby olive oil, south-of-the-border pistachios, CSA garlic chives, and homemade parmesan.
Mmmmm, pesto has to be one of my all-time favorite foods.
Dessert was just as blogworthy as — or perhaps more so than — the pesto because it nearly gave me a stroke from its tastiness. I pulled out a hunk of frozen coconut (from the ones Jessica gave me at work a couple weeks ago), slathered it with homemade peanut butter, and topped it with a chopped square of Newman’s Own Organics espresso dark chocolate:
Ooooooh, I could eat this allllll day long. (To be clear, I could not eat this exact piece all day long because it only took me about 30 seconds to devour, but I could eat about 80 of these all day long and be very happy.)
I’m so happy to have warm weather and all the freshness that comes with it. (I feel like it was just snowing yesterday! Soooo glad that’s over with.) All my summer CSA goodies are reminding me of how much I wish I lived right where they were grown. Have you ever lived (or would you ever live) on a farm?