Veg Box Blues (and Blacks)

Marina and I are experimenting with what the Brits call a “veg box scheme”. Everything here is a scheme, but that’s a post for another day.

One of the benefits/problems with veg boxes is that you never know what you are going to get. And you get stuff you might not have bought yourself. If you didn’t want it because you hate it, that’s a problem. But if you didn’t want it because you didn’t know what to do with it, that’s an opportunity!

Our first veg box, from a provider who shall not be named (because we’re not completely satisfied yet but still giving them another chance), came with a mysterious dark rough leafy thing. It reminded me of the kale we used to use to decorate the salad bar at Wendy’s when I had my first ever job. I went to where all answers to mysterious vegetables come from (the Internet, duh) and found Veg Box Recipes which explained that what I had in my hand was Cavolo Nero. I’m going to sauté it in olive oil and garlic and we’ll eat it with rewarmed homemade bread. You can also use it in a soup, but I made potato-carrot-turnip soup on Monday, so no more soup for a few days.

Marina is working hard studying, but at least I know she’s eating well!

Update: I thought it turned out OK, but Marina said she felt like a cow, chewing on grass. I promised to make soup next time, which should make it softer.

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