Thursday, December 10, 2009

CSA cooking: Top Chef Las Vegas edition

basket inventory: beets, kale, 2 kinds of lettuce, carrots, arugula, small radishes, mint/cilantro/chives, valencia oranges, mandarins (gone already), bells, large toms, limes, macadamia nuts

in honor of the finale of Top Chef-Las Vegas, i decided to celebrate with my own inspired challenge: cook a 3 course meal from your CSA basket using only 5 extra ingredients from your pantry (not including oil and s & p).

basic simple salad: wash and tear the lettuce greens, chop the chives or various herbs.
dressing-in an old jar with a lid: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, s&p, mustard...shake until you like the flavor.
tomatoes: slice them and put them into a small bowl. cover with balsamic vinegar, pepper and a little olive oil and salt....mix well and let it sit for 30 min or more. put on top of salad or some crusty bread or meat.

  • tilapia fillets
  • 1c. flour
  • spices (i like cayenne for heat, or nothing)
  • finely chopped mac nuts
  • 2 eggs (add some cream to the eggs if you want), whisked
  • s&p
  • carrots: see cumin carrots recipe, just sub orange juice for the lime juice
heat oven to 350 & wash the fillets. bowl 1: flour and spices/bowl 2: eggs. dip the fillets in the flour, then in the eggs, then place on a oiled baking sheet and sprinkle with the mac nuts. bake for 15-20 min. serve with a lime wedge.

CSA MOJITO (2 drinks worth)
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • between 4-6oz lime juice (basically 1 lime cut into slices, the other reserved for more juice)
  • 4 oz rum
  • 2oz fresh oj and some water mixed in + some zest
  • ice
  • 1 large mint sprig, plus a few for garnish
muddle the mint and slices of one lime. add the oj, lime juice and rum in a separate glass and taste. add to mint mix, add ice and shake...pour into glasses!

*and yes i count the drink as a course-who do you think i am-the Voltaggio Brothers!

total non-CSA ingredients
(fish dish) eggs, flour, fish =3
(salad) balsamic vinegar, mustard =2
(mojito) rum, sugar= 2
total ingredients used=7...OK so i lost my own Top Chef, but i guess i could have had straight oj, but what was the fun in that!

1 comment:

Gustavo Arellano said...

A great victory for the media chica!