I Dub Thee Oscar the Meyer Lemon Tree

ImageIn spite of the fog and cold summers in the Bay Area you can still quite successfully grow citrus fruits.  Since we have a smaller patio we went with a dwarf meyer lemon tree.  Although the exposure is to the Northeast, the fact it is nearly rooftop will allow for 8+ hours of sun every day.  The only concern will be too much wind and we are prepared to deal with that if the need arises.  This tree is straight, about 4 feet tall, and is blossoming already.  In fact, I am hoping that by the end of the summer there will be some fruit to harvest!  Last but not least, we named this plant Oscar.  As in Oscar Mayer.  Mayer = Meyer!  BOOM!  My cleverness knows no bounds! 


Eatwell Farm CSA Box: 04/11/2013


This weeks box is fantastic!  The quality of produce that is coming from Eatwell Farm is making me extremely happy.  Here’s a list of this week’s awesomeness:

  • Green Garlic
  • Red Cabbage
  • Snap Peas
  • Polar Spinach
  • Baby Lettuce
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Scallions
  • Lemons
  • Navel Oranges
  • Tokyo Turnips
  • Chard
  • Red Ace Beets
  • Half Dozen Farm Fresh Eggs (these are AMAZING)

Door to Door Organics Delivery – 03/02/10

This week’s delivery included the following:

5 – Grapefruit
6 – Navel Oranges
1 – Bunch Spinach
1 – Butternut Squash
6 – Bosc Pears
6 – Braeburn Apples
2 lbs Bananas
1 lb Carrots
1 – Bunch Red Kale
2 lbs Yellow Onions
3 – Roma Tomatoes
1 – Head Green Leaf Lettuce
5 – Avocados
1 – Celery

Since we are headed to the Poconos for the weekend we are going to have to take a bunch of this stuff with us.  We’ll see what we end up cooking!

Door to Door Organics Delivery – 02/16/10 – Curry Parsnip and Carrot Soup

This week’s delivery included:

1 – Leek
2 – Cucumbers
6 – Valencia Oranges
6 – Braeburn Apples
1 lb Bananas
1 – Broccoli
6 – Bosc Pears
1 – Bunch Spinach
3 – Avocados
2 – Mangos
2 lbs Yellow Onions
1 lb Carrots
1 – Head of Red-Lead Lettuce (not shown since Brie had already shredded it for salad)

I used the parsnips from last week with the carrots and leek from this week to create a delicious winter soup.  My recipe:

Curried Parsnip and Carrot Soup
1 lb Parsnips, peeled, roughly chopped
1 lb Carrots, peeled, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 leek, rinsed, white part only, roughly chopped
2 tsp curry powder
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
3 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp olive/vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 450F.  Toss vegetables in oil.  Place vegetables and garlic in oven-safe pan and roast at 450F, stirring/rotating vegetables every 10 minutes, until lightly browned and soft.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.  Place vegetables, spices, salt, and broth in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into pan and bring to simmer over LOW heat.  Once heated through, place in preheated bowls and serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream/yoghurt and some parsley flakes.

Door to Door Organics Delivery – 02/09/10

This week’s delivery includes:

6 – Red Delicious Apples
2 – Leeks
6 – Valencia Oranges
1 – Parsley Bunch
1 lb Mushrooms (in the brown bag)
1 lb Red Potatoes
1 lb Carrots
1lb Parsnips
1 lb Bananas
2 – Avocados
2 – Tomatoes
1 – Bok Choy
1 – Green Leaf Lettuce Head
1 – Orange Cauliflower

Due to the leeks and potatoes I believe a soup is in order.  I think we might throw together a pizza tonight and put the mushrooms on that.  Oh the myriad of choices!

01/26/10 – Door to Door Organics Delivery

This week’s box is absolutely gorgeous.  It has the following goodies in it:

1 bunch Red Beets
1 bunch Kale
1 head Romaine Lettuce
4 – Roma Tomatoes
6 – Gala Apples
2 lbs Bananas
1.5 lbs Purple Potatoes
1 bunch – Broccoli
1 lb Carrots
4 heads of Baby Bok Choy
6 – Bosc Pears
4 – Sunburst Squash
2 – Avocados
6 – Valencia Oranges

The bok choy and broccoli is destined for stir-fry sometime this week, and let us see how creative I can get with the remaining ingredients.

01/19/10 – Door to Door Organics Delivery

This week’s items include:

6 – zucchini squash
1 – bunch green chard
1 – head green leaf lettuce
1 lb carrots
2 lbs bananas
6 – navel oranges
1 – firm tofu
6 – golden delicious apples
1 – TINY melon
1 – bunch parsley
3 – lemons
1 – large yam
4 – Roma tomatoes
5 – purple potatoes

I think I will make a marinara sauce tonight and then maybe stir in sautéed spinach.  Perhaps a side of sautéed zucchini?

Door to Door Organics Delivery

The weekly delivery of organic fruits and vegetables has come in. Now to create some meals from the following items:

1 – head red-leaf lettuce
6 – mandarin oranges
5 – red bartlett pears
6 – naval oranges
2lbs bananas
2 – cucumbers
1 – bunch spinach
1 – bunch scallions
6 – red delicious apples
2 – avocados
1lb carrots
1 – butternut squash