It was most exciting to see a bag full of orach, the purple cousin of spinach featured in this week's installment of Mariquita's The Ladybug Letter, because proprietor Andy Griffin weaves a fascinating tale about how, despite its high nutritional value and hardiness to hot climes, orach is a rare find because of the high cost of the seed.
A breakdown of the evening's loot includes adorable baby Russet potatoes, tentacly parsnips and Parisian round carrots, all of which soon took a sauna in the oven with some Filipino sea salt and black pepper. There's also purple, white and Minicor baby carrots, all in celebration of what Mariquita informs us is National Carrot Month; black Spanish and watermelon radishes; lettuces in baby and Amazonian sizes; collard greens, mizuna, Pan de Zucchero radicchio and curly parsley.
with some olive oil and garlic. I actually prefer it to the taste of
cooked spinach, which makes it a bit of a shame that it might not be so
easy to get again unless I can correctly solve another mystery in advance. And my roast of potatoes, round carrots and parsnips came out perfectly tender and full of flavor. I honestly feel better than I have all day, thanks to this infusion of goodness.
I've got enough veggies to play with for another week, and would welcome any suggestions on what else I can make with them (especially the radishes). -- Tamara Palmer