Photos and Recipes~Rita Calvert 2007
Eggplant, Potato, and Chickpea Casserole
It's always efficient to have a luscious casserole handy and ready-nothing else can fill the efficiency. You can trade out herbs if you like although the basil is especially "flush" right now at Clagett Farm.
1 large red or yellow bell pepper, roasted, skin removed and cut into strips 3/4 pound peeled Yukon gold or red potato, cut into 2-inch cubes 1 cup basil leaves 1 cup cilantro sprigs 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 2 garlic cloves 2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 1 pound) 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 (1-pound) eggplant, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges (about 1/2 pound) 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 6 lemon wedges
Place potato in a medium saucepan, and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes; drain.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine basil and next 4 ingredients (basil through garlic) in a food processor; process until finely minced. Combine bell pepper, basil mixture, tomato, and next 6 ingredients (tomato through chickpeas) in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; cover with foil. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover, stir, and bake an additional 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.
Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Walnut and Roquefort
6 smallish eggplants, of the same size 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 small white onion, diced 6 tomatoes, diced 1 small sprig of fresh rosemary 1 small sprig of fresh thyme virgin olive oil salt freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup walnuts 1/3 cup toasted fresh breadcrumbs 8 oz Roquefort or Blue cheese
For the tomato sauce 3 1/2 pounds ripe and meaty tomatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 1 medium onion, very finely sliced 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped 10 small fresh basil leaves, shredded fresh chopped oregano
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
Cut the eggplant in half, leaving the tops on and score the surface with a knife. Place on a baking tray cut side up and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes until soft.
While baking, sauté the onions and garlic in oil and add the tomatoes and herbs and cook to soften.
Remove the flesh from the eggplant, keeping four of the skins to be stuffed. Add the eggplant flesh and the lightly chopped walnuts to the tomato mixture and season well.
Place back into the shells, top with the cheese and breadcrumbs and bake back in the oven to warm.
Brown the tops under a hot grill.
Cut the tomatoes in half. Discard the inner liquid and seeds, leaving only the flesh and coarsely chop. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for five minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the tomato and bring to the boil, add the chopped oregano reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. At the end, add the shredded basil leaves. Add some salt to taste. (The sauce keeps for a few days in the fridge, but is best if eaten when freshly made.)
Serve the hot eggplant with the hot tomato sauce in warm bowls.
This Indian style recipe also makes a lovely dish at room temperature.
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted or dry roasted 1 1/4 cup natural yogurt 1 1/4 cup water pinch ground turmeric pinch chili powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin pinch salt 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar 2 green chillies 1 pound potatoes, par-boiled for four minutes, cooled and cut into cubes fresh coriander leaves lime wedges, to garnish
Place the yogurt, water, turmeric, chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, salt and sugar into a bowl and mix well.
Add the yogurt mixture to the pan of toasted cumin seeds. Return to the heat and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for three minutes. Add the whole chillies and the par-boiled potato cubes and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the potatoes are completely cooked through.
Serve with the garnishes.
Swiss Chard-Tomato Peasant Pasta
This recipe was relayed to Julia (grand Dame/farmer of Mariquita Farm in Watsonville, CA), who wrote it all down as best she could. Add your own touches.
1 bunch chard, cleaned, stems removed, and very roughly chopped (can be in fairly large pieces) olive oil garlic cloves, peeled and chopped (3?) 4-5 medium sized ripe tomatoes, chopped fresh pasta or dried spaghetti splash of white wine or squeeze of lemon salt and pepper to taste
**note: have tongs or other utensil to fish cooked chard out of the water so you can boil the pasta in the same water. another note: save a little pasta water for the final dish....
Bring one large pot of water to boil, then add a couple of teaspoons of salt. Add chard pieces to the water and cook until blanched, 2 minutes or so. Fish out the chard with tongs or strainer. Add pasta to water to cook if using dried pasta...
Meantime, cook the garlic in the oil in a large saute pan for 1 minute over medium or medium high heat until softening a little, make sure it doesn't burn. Add blanched chard & chopped tomatoes. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Cook up the pasta now if you're using fresh pasta.
Now the fun part: toss everything together, with a splash of white wine or lemon juice, and add a little of the pasta water to make everything a tad soupy. Adjust seasoning (add S & P to taste) and EAT.
Steamed Chard with Candied Ginger
Recipe adapted from Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider
3/4 pound chard salt and pepper 1 tablespoons full-flavored olive oil some grated lemon and or orange zest lemon juice to taste chopped candied ginger
Prepare chard by washing well and slicing up coarsely. Steam leaves (with the little stems too) for 5 to 10 minutes. Toss chard with salt and pepper, grated lemon and/or orange zest, lemon juice, candied ginger, and olive oil. Transfer to serving dish. Serve warm or at room temperature.
from a West coast CSA member re: the above recipe: I have "gilded the lily" and made a light, full meal from the "Chard and Candied Ginger" recipe. I added a good serving of finely chopped firm tofu, sauteed it with the garlic and onion, put in a llittle arugula and stuffed it all into a pita. Tasty! Thanks, Naeda R.
Swiss Chard Tian
from A Complete Menu Cookbook for All Occasions by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette
1 pound (or one generous bunch, if that’s what you’ve got!), trimmed olive oil, as needed 1 leek or 1 onion, chopped (if using a leek, make sure it’s cleaned, and only use the white and light green parts) 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 eggs salt and pepper to taste 4 teaspoons water bread crumbs, as needed
Chop the chard, both leaves and stems, and then boil the chard for about 8 minutes in lightly salted water. Drain the chard and set it aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pour some olive oil into a large skillet. Add the onion and saute lightly over low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, and saute for another minute. Add the Swiss chard and continue sauteing for 2-3 minutes more, blending the ingredients well. Beat the eggs in a deep bowl, add the salt, pepper, and water. Mix well.
Grease a long, ovenproof dish. Place the chard mixture in it and spread evenly. Pour the egg mixture on the top and also spread evenly. Sprinkle some bread crumbs over the top surface. Place the dish in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Serve hot.