OK, first, an admission: when we went out for dinner on Friday night our celebratory mood overcame our willpower and we broke the no-alcohol rule–so our Whole30 was thusly tainted. But note that we really, really enjoyed that wine. And, we got back on track the next day. Saturday was our first pick-up of the season for our chicken and egg C.S.A. share from Jodar Farms. This is our second year doing this C.S.A. and we are really happy with both the products and the farm philosophy. Yesterday I turned a bag of chicken wings into hot wings, using some homemade chile sauce stirred into melted ghee to coat the wings. I bake hot wings by first roasting the wings plain for about a half an hour (until the skin looks taut and crispy) then I toss them with the hot sauce mixture and put them back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
They are nice and crispy and you can use as much or as little hot sauce as you like. We like a lot, so for about twenty wing sections I use 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of hot sauce mixed with a few tablespoons of melted ghee (or butter).
I also made a fun kind of dessert using fresh strawberries. I warmed some coconut butter with a little coconut oil and some ground cardamom (ratio: about a third of cup of coconut butter, tablespoon of coconut oil, and a half teaspoon of cardamom). I dipped (o.k., dredged) the strawberries in that mixture.
I’m going to play around with this idea more and see if I can come up with something that works as a glaze, probably with some added honey.
I was at a workshop for most of the day yesterday, so Harrison made the trip to the Farmers’ Market. He came back with an enormous bag of fresh spinach (really–like Costco sized), carrots, and some hibiscus-ginger-lemon kombucha. I am now picking a good number of vegetables from our own greenhouse and raised beds: spinach, leaf lettuce, cilantro, rainbow chard, green onions, and garlic greens, plus tons of fresh herbs (rosemary, tarragon, three kinds of thyme, oregano, chives, lavender…). Coming soon: rhubarb and radishes. Tomato plants will probably go in this week.
Harrison is making dinner tonight: sole fillets, steamed spinach, and probably some acorn squash that has been hanging around too long.
Thanks for reading,