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Box 10 – Roundup

Actual usage & thoughts:

  • Komatsuna – Monday night was the inevitable stirfry, featuring the komatsuna along with five spiced beef, and the spring onions. June didn’t blog about it, even though it was pretty tasty, as she’s getting a little bored of constantly writing about very similar stirfries… but I’m not complaining.
  • Baby Rocket/Arugula – As a quick lunch on Saturday, I threw together some turkey, rocket & radish sandwiches, which worked surprisingly well together. The rocket wasn’t as potent as I expected (even though I put probably excessive amounts of it on the bread), but the radishes helped add that heat as well, which boosted the normally flat taste of turkey into something far better. There’s still just under half the bag left I think, but they’re holding up, so should keep for another week without problem.
  • Spring Onions/Scallions – We managed to make a reasonable dent in this huge bundle, but there’s plenty left. The major hitters to use it were the beef & komatsuna stirfry, followed by a chicken fried rice the next day using the remaining cooked rice.
  • Radishes – The majority of the radishes went in the sarnies with the rocket, the remaining ones somehow managed to get munched while the sandwiches were being prepped. If anything, these ones were a little spicier and also a little moister (well, you know what I mean) than the french breakfast ones of previous boxes, but that’s just how I like them!
  • Thyme – As mentioned previously, June made the Lemon-Thyme cookies and they turned out surprisingly well. I say surprisingly, as I really didn’t expect a cookie (which should be sweet) to work with a herb (which should be savoury), but these cookies have opened my eyes. The thyme had a mild citrus kick, which works perfectly with the lemon, and the sugar of the cookie helped balance out the tartness of both into a well rounded final taste. Definitely highly recommended!
  • Carambola/Starfruit – I ate the smaller of the two at the tail end of the week, and it was either still not ripe enough, or just not a very sweet example. The larger starfruit is still out on the counter, as I don’t think it’s ready yet (especially going by the other one), so hopefully next week it’ll be good.
  • Ponkan Tangerines – As mentioned in the week 11 newsletter it appears we weren’t the only ones for whom the tangerines rotted away in less than two days, which meant that unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to eat these ones.
  • Canistel – Still sitting out, slowly ripening…

Ratings:

  • Hits – Komatsuna, Rocket, Spring Onions, Radishes, Thyme
  • Near Misses – Carambola
  • Total Flops – Ponkan Tangerines
  • Not Rated – Canistel

Final Opinion:

Apart from the tangerines which rotted on us, and the slow-ripening canistel, this box lived up to its promise of being one we could easily use everything in there, and while we haven’t used everything completely, we got to try it all, which is an important first step. Given that we’re still reeling from the frosts, the quality of the items we did get to try was for the most part still excellent, which is always reassuring.

Box 10 – Opening

What’s inside our half box #10?

  • Komatsuna – one large bundle, plus a smaller bundle from the extras box
  • Baby Rocket/Arugula – one bag
  • Spring Onions/Scallions – one huge bundle!
  • Radishes – one bundle of ‘Red Globe’ variety this time
  • Coriander/Cilantro – returned to the extras box for the komatsuna
  • Thyme – one baggie
  • Carambola/Starfruit – two
  • Ponkan Tangerines – four
  • Canistel – officially 1, in reality 2 (one large, one tiny)
Box 10

Box 10

Initial thoughts:

A box full of either repeats, or items that will be easy to use, so shouldn’t be too tricky to find uses for everything this time around. I’m not going to repeat last week and forgot to try anything, so expect to see real reviews of everything in this box!

Usage ideas:

  • Komatsuna – Since we’ve got twice as much as normal, there will definitely be at least one big stirfry in the near future with komatsuna as a key player. However, I’m hoping that we’ll also try a different approach as well, since we’ve got enough here to experiment with too.
  • Baby Rocket/Arugula – June doesn’t like the taste of rocket, so this will all be mine, and, since I’m not very exciting, I think you can guess how I’ll be using them… yes, in sandwiches and salads!
  • Spring Onions/Scallions – This is a *huge* bundle of spring onions, and they’re both numerous and very tall, so we’re definitely going to have some left over at the end of the week. As for what they’ll be used for, I’ve no idea, as they can play a role in so many dishes.
  • Radishes – Like the rocket, these are all mine, and like the rocket, I foresee salads and sandwiches. However, I’m hoping we’ll get to cook the tops as well (perhaps in the almost-guaranteed-to-happen stirfry), since it’s a shame to let those go to waste.
  • Thyme – June found an old cooking magazine that featured a recipe for Lemon & Thyme cookies, which sounded interesting. Since I’m very late with posting this weekend, she’s actually made those cookies already, but I’ll withhold my final verdict until the roundup ;). The rest of the thyme could be used for anything, since herbs are so versatile.
  • Carambola/Starfruit – We’ve left these on a counter to help ripen up some more, but since we’ve got two I’m thinking of eating the smaller one, and perhaps doing something with the juices of the larger one.
  • Ponkan Tangerines – Since we’ve got so many of these, I’m expecting at least one to just be eaten out of hand. With the rest of them, I’m thinking of juices, since the previous box’s ones were so low in pulp and high in juice. Maybe in combination with the carambola juice? More thinking needed on this one…
  • Canistel – You might have noticed that the canistels have been mentioned a number of times over the weeks since we got our first ones, and in all cases we’ve not yet used a single one. That’s not to say we can’t, as they’ve all been fully ripe for at least a week now, we’ve just not managed to commit to using them yet (June’s insistence that they’re getting rotten isn’t helping their chances). This means that these two are definitely going to just sit around ripening for at least the next week, but probably longer than that. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

Photos by me, edited by June:

Komatsuna

Komatsuna

Baby Rocket/Arugula

Baby Rocket/Arugula

Spring Onions/Scallions

Spring Onions/Scallions

Radishes

Radishes

Thyme

Thyme

Carambola/Starfruit

Carambola/Starfruit

Ponkan Tangerines

Ponkan Tangerines

Canistel

Canistel