9/16/15 Stewed Veggies and Beef Stew Meat

Last night I made beef stew meat slow cooked on the stove. I also made some jasmine rice and stewed veggies. It was a really nice and flavored balanced meal and everyone loved it.

All the veggies that I had were from the food bank, I used potatoes, chard leaves, onions, mushrooms, carrots, and kholrabi. I diced everything but the potatoes and carrots really thin and fine, then I skinned and chopped both the potatoes and carrots into the mix.

I cooked the veggies with a whole lot of salt, pepper and paprika, and I reduced them in the rest of my homemade chicken stock. I steamed the veggies until they were soft in some water, then I added the stock and reduced them until they were melded together and fused with flavor and all the chicken stock was cooked down.

I cooked the beef stew meat in a very unusual way for myself. I usually just make crock pot beef stew but I did not have the time in the morning to start it early so I made the veggies and meat separate on the stove. I covered the meat in the usual beef stew spices; a whole bunch of paprika, salt and pepper and a dash of marjoram.

I slow cooked the meat by constantly steaming it, creating a sort of makeshift pressure cooker with a covered pan on the stove top. I used my egg timer to constantly add more water to the meat every 15 minutes. For every 15 minutes on medium the water was steamed out. So I had to keep adding some more to make it really tender meat, we only like meat that is perfectly tender. After 2 hours adding water every 15 minutes on medium heat it was slow cooked to perfection. It was also seasoned perfectly, so good my husband dared to ask “ What seasoning packet did you use?”

For shame, I hardly ever use those things. I told him that it was paprika, salt and pepper. He was amazed. That’s the kind of meal that I can be proud of; Rice and slow cooked meat, is my husband’s favorite meal that I make. I did not get any pictures, but believe me when I said it was a great meal.

Until next time in the boho kitchen. I am nearing my 90 day Blog a day challenge finish line, maybe or maybe not continue this daily tradition of blogging what I cook each and every day.. we shall see.

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CSA WTF #1

CSA WTF #1- Bohemian Veggies

I thought I knew some things when I was 21; that I ate relatively good and that I knew my way around a grocery store. That all changed when I watched Food Inc. My son was still only months old, but I swear that movie changed our lives. That movie was the tipping point of my foodie education and research into eating right.

Granted, my mother did feed us well as children. We had outings to go pick blackberries and such at farms, knew how to make our own granola, ate carob and even had our own apple tree in the backyard that I readily abused. But we also knew top raw-men and hot dogs with mac and cheese and on request could tell our mom and dad which donuts to buy us at the local bakery.

Now that I have my own son and I am a little more educated on foods from the various amazing documentaries I have watched, my diet has dramatically changed from when I was a child.

My son doesn’t eat McDonald’s food. We ride by it and call it “dirty food”. I grew up with a toy-box we called “McDonald toys”.. because the whole box was acquired from happy meals purchases from my parents. Now, with my sons our version of top raw-men is soba noodles and grilled pork. So I say, things have changed a lot for me.

One thing that has not changed is my education of fruits and veggies. Going to a farmers market for me now is like a kid in a candy shop discovering new candies, for I always find a new veggie each time. I feel both uneducated and liberated each time I discover a new veggie or fruit to try. And the best part, is my son is right there with me, trying each new thing.

Here are a few unknowns to us, maybe known to you. That I discovered at the farmers market. They are certainly worth a try, and most of them are easy to grow at home in your garden. I will try and find recipes for all and the best pics, but I have personal experience with most of them so you will get my amazing photos of each in something.

Fun Veggies to Discover at the Farmers Market or in your CSA box

  • Stinging Nettles– iron content in nettles and dandelion are amazing! Use caution when purchasing stinging nettles fresh, wear gloves as to not get stung by the fibers all over the plant and the leaves. When you have some fresh, boil the leaves to make tea and save them for a replacement spinach in any spinach recipes.
stinging nettle and melissa
stinging nettle and melissa
green nettles herb drink
green nettles herb drink

http://www.livestrong.com/article/164690-nettle-root-for-iron-deficiency/#page=2

http://www.herballegacy.com/Vance_Medicinal.html

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-stinging-nettles-7521.html

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/stinging-nettle-benefits-zmaz81mazkin.aspx

http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail107.php

http://consciouslifenews.com/29-nettle-tea-benefits-sipping-nettle-tea-better-health/

  • Dandelion- Dandelion salad is great, you can also use dandelion in your iron rich tea with some nettles and sweeten it up with some Melissa aka (lemon balm).
dandelion leaves before cooking
dandelion leaves before cooking

http://www.leaflady.org/health_benefits_of_dandelions.htm

http://www.naturalhealthmag.com.au/content/health-benefits-dandelion

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-dandelion.html

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-eating-dandelion-greens-4433.html

http://realfoodforlife.com/dandelion-root-health-benefits/

  • Lemon Balm- Oh my sweet Melissa. I love lemon balm tea, by itself boiled the leaves make a great tea, and you can also add it to any other medicinal blend such as dandelion and nettle to help make them taste better.
floral and nettle tea
floral and nettle tea

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_officinalis

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-437-lemon%20balm.aspx?activeingredientid=437&activeingredientname=lemon%20balm

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-lemon-balm.html

  • Green Sorrel- Sorrel and lemon balm have a very similar taste as they are both lemon tart. I love to freeze chopped green sorrel and add it to my eggs in the morning for a refreshing breakfast treat.
cooked greens and eggs
cooked greens and eggs
cooking greens and eggs
cooking greens and eggs

http://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/herb-to-know-sorrel-rumex-scutatus-r-acetosa.aspx

http://gracelinks.org/2374/real-food-right-now-and-how-to-cook-it-sorrel

http://m.wisegeek.org/what-is-sorrel.htm

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/zesty-sorrel.aspx

  • See how to freeze herbs here:
chopped mint, greens and sorrel
chopped mint, greens and sorrel
green sorrel ice cube trays
green sorrel ice cube trays
freeze until use
freeze until use
nettles iced tea and mint ice cube
nettles iced tea and mint ice cube

http://www.simplycanning.com/freezing-herbs.html

http://www.food.com/recipe/herbal-ice-cubes-111461

http://www.thekitchn.com/freeze-herbs-in-olive-oil-173648

  • Mushrooms– Talk to your local mushroom grower about what variety to get and how to cook it, I have come to find that each variety had its each distinct flavor and needs to be cooked differently.

mushrooms close up
mushrooms close up
cauliflower mushroom
cauliflower mushroom
mushrooms in chopped salad
mushrooms in chopped salad
mushrooms and green beans
mushrooms and green beans

http://cal.spoonuniversity.com/food-thought/4-mushroom-varietals-buy-farmers-market/

  • Watermelon Radish- watermelon Radish is very tart, but pretty. If you like radish flavor, chop it up into a salad and try with a acidic dressing. Here are some pictures of watermelon radish.
raw watermelon radish
raw watermelon radish
root slaw salad with watermelon radish
root slaw salad with watermelon radish

http://www.livestrong.com/article/540838-the-nutrition-in-a-watermelon-radish/#page=1

http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2010/10/meet-watermelon-radish.html?m=1

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Watermelon_Radish_1788.php

  • Yellow wax beans/Purple Beans- cook like you would green beans.
cooking long beans
cooking long beans
farmers market bounty, including purple green beans
farmers market bounty, including purple green beans

http://mycarolinakitchen.blogspot.com/2011/08/purple-french-heirloom-beans.html?m=1

http://cooklikeyourgrandmother.com/purple-bean-salad/

http://www.addictedtoveggies.com/2011/08/gourmet-purple-green-bean-nicoise.html?m=1

http://www.marthastewart.com/334122/in-season-wax-beans

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Yellow_Wax_Beans_602.php

http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/07/why-do-purple-beans-turn-green-after-cooking/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/467867-how-to-cook-fresh-purple-beans/#page=2

  • Purple Carrots- Purple carrots are so sweet. If you have the chance to grow some andbuy some do so, they will be the sweetest most vitamin packed carrots you have ever tried.Here is some information on purple carrots. there are also amazing purple bell pepper if you get the chance to find any.

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http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Purple_Holland_Bell_Peppers_805.php

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/surprising-health-benefits-purple-carrots

  • Fava Beans- first you shuck them, then you shell them, then you cook them. These beans are a whole lot of work, but if your into making your own hummus and bean spreads, they are worth the try. Here are some pictures of Fava beans and some recipes to go with it.
cooking fava beans with garlic
cooking fava beans with garlic
fava beans surrounded by other market bounty
fava beans surrounded by other market bounty
shucked and shelled fava beans
shucked and shelled fava beans

http://www.saveur.com/article/-/Fava-Bean-Recipes

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/saute-of-fresh-fava-beans-onions-and-fennel-106490

http://www.food.com/recipe/gabriel-s-sauteed-fava-beans-117520

http://www.thekitchn.com/5-fantastic-ways-to-cook-fava-beans-190674

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/fettuccine-with-fresh-fava-beans-and-pancetta-recipe.html

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1428426

http://theforestfeast.com/post/55275033732/purple-greenbean-salad

  • Red/Black Currants- I love baking with currants they taste like mini cranberries and are super great to cook with fresh or even dried like raisins.
red currant icing on banana cake
red currant icing on banana cake
  • Recipes for currants:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3749957

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g205/currant-recipes-0606/

http://leitesculinaria.com/4328/recipes-floating-islands-black-currant-sauce.html

http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/miscellaneous/mobile.php?rid=misc-floating-island

  • Kohlrabi – I am trying to fall in love with this veggie. Its taken a whole lotta work and a few interesting recipe fails to find that this marriage between turnip and cabbage.. isn’t one of my favorites.

    raw kholrabi
    raw kholrabi
steamed thinly sliced kholrabi
steamed thinly sliced kohlrabi
Kholrabi steamed with tomato tapanade
Kholrabi steamed with tomato tapanade

http://www.inspiralized.com/2013/10/31/how-to-spiralize-a-kohlrabikohlrabi-green-apple-noodle-arugula-salad-with-goat-cheese-dried-cranberries-walnuts-with-a-honey-dijon-dressing/

http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2006/11/roasted-kohlrabi

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Saveur-100-2011-Butter-Braised-Kohlrabi

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/stir-fried-rice-noodles-with-kohlrabi-and-basil

http://www.girlsgonechild.net/2011/01/eat-well-kohlrabi.html?m=1

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/health/nutrition/vegetarian-spring-rolls-with-shredded-kohlrabi-recipes-for-health.html?ref=nutrition&_r=0

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2012/03/09/discovering-kohlrabi-its-a-vegetable/

http://www.gracelinks.org/485/real-food-right-now-and-how-to-cook-it-kohlrabi

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1597114/slideshow/232716#slide-8

http://www.thekitchn.com/top-five-ways-to-prepare-kohlr-60321

close up Rhubarb
close up Rhubarb
rhubarb syrup
rhubarb syrup
making rhubarb syrup
making rhubarb syrup

Here are few recipes for rhubarb.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/rhubarb-cobbler/

http://www.decotartelette.com/rhubarb-sweet-orange-meringue-tartelette/

http://thevanillabeanblog.com/2013/05/meringues-with-rhubarb-curd-and-rosehip.html

http://localkitchenblog.com/2011/06/07/cranberry-orange-rhubarb-popsicles/

  • Huckleberry- Huckleberry grow wild where I live now. So does salmon berry and blackberry. We use our huckleberry in jams such as this one and inside cobblers and pies like this one shown below with blueberries.
fresh huckleberry jam
fresh huckleberry jam
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blueberry chia applesauce lattice whole wheat pie

http://www.whitefishwave.com/newsletter/juicy-facts-about-huckleberries/

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-huckleberry-8277.html

  • Squash Blossoms- Delicate little suckers, I bought some fresh and by the time that I got home they were wilted and I still stuffed them with a cheesy ricotta with steamed carrots, but it wasn’t easy. They are definitely a tasty alternative to regular party poppers and I brought them to a work party and they were gone in 15 min. here are a picture of my stuffed squash blossoms.
stuffed squash blossoms
stuffed squash blossoms

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2010/07/12/market-watch-squash-blossoms/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/385150-nutritional-value-of-edible-flowers/#page=2

http://figgyandsprout.com/squash-blossom-salad/

there are also edible flowers like pansies and nasturtium.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/18/42-edible-flowers.aspx

http://www.diynatural.com/edible-flowers/