Sunday, May 23, 2010

Broccoli, Beet Greens, and Turnip Pizza

The garden has been doing great and in the past couple weeks we have been enjoying some of the delicious fruits of our labor. We have been eating lettuce for almost a month, asparagus (fruits of Linda's labor :) ) for almost two months, broccoli, beet greens, and various other fun spring yummies. Our favorite recipes are simple - roasted asparagus with a little olive oil and sea salt, steamed broccoli and beet greens, raw turnips sliced thin with a little balsamic vinegar, sauteed kale with garlic and olive oil...the list goes on. Here are a few things we have made recently.
First: Broccoli and beet green pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese. We grabbed some broccoli from the garden,

and some of those delicious beet greens from when we thinned all the beets,
and got some pasta boiling on the stove. When the pasta had about 5 minutes left, we threw in the veggies to cook along with the pasta. Strain, serve with a little butter and some fresh cheese.

Next: Pizza
Shawn LOVES to make pizza, and he is really good at it. This weekend we had Mark (bee partner and great friend) down for a visit to come to the fair and hang out with the bees! For dinner Mark (also a proficient pizza maker) and Shawn decide to make two delicious pizzas. The first was a traditional pizza with crisp crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil from the garden. It was unbelievable.

We had also picked some young turnips to sell at the fair, and Mark came up with a really cool idea for the second pizza.
After Shawn worked his magic on the crust, Mark drizzled an olive oil, garlic mixture over the crust, then added paper thin slices of turnips, some turnip greens, Parmesan cheese, coarse sea salt and a little more olive oil mixture. Into the 500 degree oven, and out came this:
It was SO good; the turnips crisped up like chips, the greens seared from the heat, the salt and garlic olive oil flavored the crispy crust...heaven! It's amazing how well (and how cheaply) you can eat with a little creativity.
Stay tuned for some more delicious eats....:)

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