Saturday, February 6, 2010

Change of Plans

Yesterday, we received another CSA delivery, and I was so excited to share it with my mom. My mom grows her own organic fruits and vegetables, and I knew she would really appreciate all the fresh produce.

Here is what we got:
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • 1 mango
  • Avocados
  • 1 butternut squash
  • Collard greens
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • Onions
  • Red potatoes
  • Red radishes
I made a big pot of butternut squash soup last week, and we all liked it so much that I decided to make another pot yesterday for dinner. My mom was hanging out with me in the kitchen when I made the soup. I sautéed a huge onion, four cloves of garlic, five celery stalks, and five carrots. Then I cut into the butternut squash. Right away, something didn’t seem right. Cutting the squash was way too easy, and I realized that it was all mushy.

Here is what it looked like:

We were so disappointed. However, I decided we were still going to have soup for dinner. Instead of the butternut squash, I added some of the red potatoes to the veggies that were already sautéing. I seasoned the veggies with salt, pepper and some organic ketchup. Then I added about 8 cups of water and simmered everything for 30 minutes. Toward the end, I added about 15 basil leaves. I pureed everything with my handheld mixer.

Here is the end result; different than what I had intended to make but very good.

I called the CSA right away to tell them about the butternut squash (and an avocado that was missing from the box), and they said they’d comp me next time.

Lesson learned: It’s always good to be flexible. After an initial disappointment, dinner turned out delicious nonetheless. This is so true when it comes to cooking (I have switched gears many, many times when things went “wrong,”) as well as in life in general…

Question: Did you have any unexpected changes of plans recently? If so, how did they turn out? Were you flexible? What are your weekend plans?
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  1. I used to get mad when something unexpected happens, but with time and with many disappointments, I learned to be flexible, otherwise I'd be unhappy all the time! :D
    weekend's going fine, stay home working and looking how everything is turning white! :D It looks like that we're in ice age.
    Enjoy your weekend! :)

  2. wow, I love how the fresh produce runs in your family!

  3. Nothing is better than butternut squash soup in the winter! Sorry about the mushy surprise you found inside. It is definitely valuable to learn to be flexible. I actually try to never set plans that are exact so my life kind of flows in crazy directions sometimes. It's fun though and very low stress!

  4. I love hoe green that lettuce is. Nothing life receiving a fresh box of produce.

  5. I love that square bowl -- our dishes are so simple (not that that's a bad thing, just doesn't make for fun pictures!). Sorry about the squash, I bet it would've been delicious! Have a great weekend, Andrea!

    P.S. Are you going to BlogHer Food by chance?

  6. ya know when we had our csa in san diego i used to get rotten or un-usable foods. It really taught me that when things are truly local and not sprayed and that they're organic, that bugs happen. Pests, nature, it happens. And the thing is in the groc store, we only see "pretty food". Being in a csa taught me that not all food is pretty. Blemishes, bumps and bruises are part of food. OF course, rotten or infested is not :) but yes, this used to happen to us're not alone but yes, frustrating!
    p.s. would you ever consider removing your word verification?

  7. That has happened to me before. Thank goodness they are happy to replace things or credit me. Averie is right that organic fruits and vegetables are often not as "pretty" or as perfect as those that are sprayed to death. But the flavors are so good. I had some beets last week that were so good after roasting them that I just wanted to pass them around to everyone I knew and say "Taste these!!!"

  8. That happens to me too. One time I was going to make chicken noodle soup but realized I didn't have any chicken. Oops. so instead we just had a great veggie soup. I still really wanted the chicken though!

  9. Oh no! Bad. Good thing they will recomp you!

    I was planning to go to Costco today. I was so excited, but found out it closed. Gr. I cried and wailed and kicked a fuss. HAha, kidding, but I was disappointed. I cheered myself up by walking to another grocery store nearby.

  10. That happened to me recently with a different type of squash. It's definitely good to be flexible with cooking!