Saturday, August 11, 2007

box no. 09 | contents

I have a confession to make: I have never used my Anise Hyssop. I don’t know how other shareholders feel, but I put pressure on myself to use everything from the box, every week. So I always feel guilty when I open the box and see the bunch of anise hyssop, knowing that it will sit in the refrigerator, unused, until I have the guts to shamefully throw it away.

Once or twice, I’ve consoled myself by putting the pretty bunch of herbs in a Ball jar with some water and making use of it as a nice arrangement on the kitchen counter. But it ultimately meets the same fate: in the garbage at the end of the week.

This week I am bound and determined to use it. In fact, I’m so determined that I took an extra bunch from the swap box. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and hopefully share some recipes for using anise hyssop.

Click here to download a pdf of the Angelic Organics Farm News for box no. 09.


sbfren said...

I'm SO glad I'm not the only one! And I'm looking forward to updates.

I just ended up here by accident as I was looking for info on Asian Sun Jewel melons -- I'm also a second-year AO shareholder, also struggling to do justice to the bounty, and I couldn't be happier to have found your blog. Thanks for posting!

Eat Mem said...

Feel guilty no more. A way to use a large quantity of anise hyssop with no wastage is to infuse it into stock broth, particularly beef (use osso bucco.. cuts with bone and marrow. I tell you what, a Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup will never taste better if you use a beef stock infused with anise hyssop.

Kristen said...

Soup-minded me says experiment with the anise-hyssop in an italian ribollita (sp?) soup, which traditionally calls for fennel, zucchini, tomatoes, spinach, beans, carrots, celery, onion.... It can be a little like the "quiche" of soups - uses up lots of veggies from the fridge.

Someone said...

Not to nitpick, but a big part of organic is sustainability, and throwing "green" kitchen waste in the garbage kind of defeats the purpose. Compost isn't hard to do, and doesn't have to be dirty or smell bad (use worms).