Fun Cocktails for a Portland Holiday Brunch – Orange Spice Mimosa and Carob Affogato
A couple of lovely brunch drinks to celebrate the holiday season!
Yesterday was something I really look forward to: the day we get our CSA box delivered to our doorstep. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it is a system where you subscribe to buy vegetables from local (or at least fairly close) farmers and basically skip the middleman of going to the grocery store. The service we use is called Organics To You, and we could not be bigger fans.
This week’s box is one of our best ever:
All of these delicious looking veggies are organic, and are delivered to our door for $33. Today’s haul: red lettuce, collards, about 2 lbs. of carrots, 2 lbs. of potatoes, a bag of bing cherries, a cucumber, a bunch of radishes, two large handfuls of fresh peas, a head of garlic, three ears of sweet corn, probably 1 lb. of asparagus, four plums, two peaches, and three nectarines.
Just look at those new potatoes! I wanted some right away, so we roasted them with the carrots, doused in a mustard and olive oil dressing. We had them with just a simple, pan-fried chicken breast last night for dinner.
… And this is what I’m having for lunch. Ok, maybe not all of them, but I did bring a nectarine and a plum (the peaches are not quite ripe). That will be in a addition to a salad made with the fresh red lettuce, mozzarella, raw almonds and some fresh organic strawberries we bought this weekend.
CSAs might not be right for everyone and definitely can be had in different amounts (we get a box this size every other week). One of the best things about it is that it definitely stretches our food imaginations (remember my fava beans?). But (and this can be adjusted) the downsides are that sometimes we get stuff we don’t like and would never have bought in the first place. It’s also been a problem that the food is definitely varying degrees of ripeness – it’s great if we have a few days before some of them are ready, like the peaches, but sometimes things arrive that only have a day or two left. However, that is definitely an infrequent occurrence.
We love our CSA and it is an absolute pleasure opening up the box every other week. We plan on keeping this service around for sure!