June 28, 2010
I am absolutely loving my CSA box - I've wanted to do this for years but there was always some excuse why it wasn't convenient (I was going to be away, I didn't have time to pick it up, my dog ate the application form - you get the picture). This year was no different except I ignored the excuses and ordered the box. Three weeks in and I'm in love!
Yes, there is the freshness of the produce and the fact that I haven't been to the grocery store in weeks, but the real surprise is the creativity it's inspired in me. It's like getting a surprise every week! There is usually at least one fruit or vegetable in the box that I would not buy on a regular basis and, because the produce is seasonal, the same ingredient will appear for several weeks so I'm needing to find new and creative ways to use produce. Love it!
Week 3 of CSA brought more delicious strawberries and rhubarb and, with my first strawberry pie under my belt, I wanted to try something different. Keeping with my resolve to keep some semblance of balance in my life, I also wanted it to be guilt-free and a parfait seemed, well, parfait!
Inspired by Canoe's recipe for rhubarb compote I simply added halved strawberries towards the end of the cooking time and cut back a bit on the sugar. Very quickly my kitchen was filled with the scent of fresh strawberry.
As the compote cooled I spooned nonfat Greek yogurt into dessert goblets and pondered the mystery of Greek yogurt. Until very recently, nonfat Greek yogurt was extremely difficult to find in Toronto grocery stores. Given the size of our Greek community I've often wondered why that might be and would be grateful to anyone who might be able to enlighten me!
Enter Liberté, with the recent addition of a 0% fat Greek yogurt to its lineup, and it's a cause for celebration. Thick and tangy, it's a great base for guilt-free desserts. It's finally starting to appear widely in supermarkets but often sold out. If you can't find it and you're feeling indulgent, try their Méditerranée line; full fat and creamy, it gives ice cream some serious competition.
The tangy yogurt was a perfect pairing with the sweet-tart compote. Can't wait to see what next week's CSA brings!