Sharing the Share: CSA Week #6
A few days late on this post, but I hope you’ll enjoy the lovely combination of green and purple this week. We had some new vegetables in the share, along with two gorgeous bunches of deep purple basil.
Here’s the rundown:
- braising greens
- purple basil!
We were away visiting some friends this weekend, and they were telling me about some scallion goat cheese muffins that they recently made…that’s top on my list to try this week with our bunch of scallions. And, between the basil we’ve been picking in our garden and this purple basil we got in the share, I’m always looking for new ways to use it: Friday night it was sprinkled generously over pizza; it’s gone into many a batch of pesto, tonight I tossed it with some penne with swiss chard and bacon, and much of it already this summer has gone into one of our new favorite drinks: orange basil spritzer. It’s similar to a mojito in process; you muddle basil leaves with some orange juice and sugar in a glass, fill up the glass with ice, and top it off with fizzy, crisp club soda. Make it as a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, or add a splash of white rum for a new twist on a mojito! It’s so very, very tasty.
Orange Basil Spritzer
6 whole basil leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
juice of 1 Valencia orange — about 1/4 cup
Place the basil, sugar, and orange juice in the bottom of a tall glass. Use a wooden spoon or a muddler to bruise the basil leaves with the sugar and oj, to release some of the oils in the leaves. When the sugar is dissolved, fill the glass up with ice cubes. Pour club soda into the glass to the top, and stir if you like to mix it up a bit. Garnish with a sprig of basil or an orange slice.
If you want to make it alcoholic, add about 1 ounce white rum to the glass before you add the ice (but after you bruise the basil leaves.)