2012 January

Stir-fried Broccoli

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2 heads of broccoli
2 Tablespoons California Olive Oil
2 green onions, cut into bite-sized sections
1 1/2 Teaspoons Bragg’s liquid amino acids
2 Tablespoons crushed macadamias
1 Tablespoon flaxseed oil

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Break your broc into florets, and slice the stems thinly on a diagonal. Heat your wok or skillet over high heat and add olive oil. Stir in broccoli and onions and cook until tender, 4-5 minutes or so. Lower heat and drizzle Braggs over your stir fry for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with macadamias and flaxseed oil and serve.

Basic Avocado Tuna Salad

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Here’s another quick fix! Usually prepared using the 7-8 ounce canned tuna, I encourage everyone to try baking their own tuna and preparing this recipe fresh. It’s amazing, and super fast and easy. Trader Joe’s sells a respectable frozen, vacuum-packed Ahi tuna which is great in this recipe. Bake with a little lime juice at 350 until white and flaky. Don’t overcook.
You can fork it into flakes, or use your Cuisinart for a lightning speed blend. Don’t overdo the Cuisinart action or you’ll have tuna pate.
2 regular sized cans of tuna, which are sold in 7-8 ounce units, or bake your own from scratch as recommended above
1 ripe avocado
dash of lime juice for both baking the tuna (unless you are using canned) and for the salad
3 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
3 Tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 cups spinach/mizuna greens
salt and pepper to taste
Mash avocado with lime juice. Gently mix in flaked tuna and blend in parsley and onions. Serve over spinach or mixed greens.

Broccoli/Spinach Macadamia Dusted Frittata

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Okay, frittata sounds fancy, but it’s just Italy’s answer to an omelette and is a quick and easy way to whip up a healthy meal in no time. For the record, the primary difference between a quiche and a frittata is the quiche has a crust, and the frittata doesn’t. Additionally, quiche is traditionally served warm, and the frittata is traditionally served warm or at room temperature. I’m not sure I’m all over a room temperature egg dish, but that’s just me….

Here’s a base recipe, feel free to add other things you have to the mix:
1 Tablespoon California Olive Oil or butter
2 broccoli crowns
2 cups chopped spinach
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives; halved
6 organic eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of Tabasco or Frank’s Hot Sauce
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons finely ground macadamia dust

Preheat oven to 350. Butter or oil a 9 inch round pie pan. Put the veggies in the pan, and pour the egg/herb, hot sauce mixture over the top. Bake for 35ish minutes or until the center has set. Then at the last minute before serving, sprinkle cheese and then macadamia dust over top and let melt. Cut into pie wedges and serve either hot or at room temperature.

What's New In January 2012

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So, we’re finally cracking out our macadamia nuts this week. The harvest, considering HALF the farm is planted to macs, is disappointing, as I’ve mentioned before due to squirrels running amok on our organic farm. There is NO organic solutions, and this year our CCOF inspector point blank suggested we give up, as others have. We’re accepting defeat and will start chain sawing the West grove this week. We’ll maintain the East grove, in the hopes that someday a solution will arrive, or until we need the land for something more productive. We plan on planting olive trees in the West grove.

This week is pretty much the last of our persimmons, you’ll find only one each in the large shares. I’m trying to dry the ones left on the trees that are overripe. You’ll begin to see an avocado or two in boxes most weeks now for a while.

The greenhouse is rapidly filling up with our heirloom tomato starts. I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!

We moved our sprouting production to our greenhouse, thinking that would solve the problem of how slow they’re sprouting in this cold time of year. Didn’t work. Although the greenhouse is quite warm in the day, without a heating system, it eventually goes down to the same temperature as the outside, which absolutely stops sprout production. Stop start, stop start, the sprouts were beautiful this week, but with all that stopping and starting, they took twice as long to grow. So we’re moving the sprouting production AGAIN, this time to a heated little house that is being insulated. That should do the trick! Assuming success, we will have our amazing sprouts back in boxes on a weekly basis shortly.

We harvested three different spicy leafy greens this week: cress, arugula, and mizuna. All three can be eaten raw in salads, or lightly sauteed.

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