Fresh from Malipayon farms, formerly Kitchen Herbs Farm, of long-time reader and frequent commenter, Gejo Jimenez. After a couple of months of heavy rains and strong winds, farms in Silang and Tagaytay are starting to recover and fresh produce is now starting to re-appear for consumers to enjoy. If the weather holds up, it looks like great produce towards the holiday season and into early next year! Gejo is kind enough to deliver to me when he does his restaurant delivery schedule and it’s always a great pleasure to see what he has in his van for me. I typically order some items I definitely want/need, and often ask that he sends whatever else he thinks I should try. Here is a sampling of what was delivered earlier today… Up top, an abundant supply of fresh arrowroot. Made into flour, and the more commonly known uraro cookies, I have written about this ingredient once before, here. I still haven’t ever cooked with it, nor do I know how to make the flour, but I think I will start off by simply boiling it and enjoying it with some sugar, as suggested by some commenters in that previous post.
Gorgeous tiny radishes, fresh out of the ground. The attached radish leaves were so incredibly fresh looking as well. Great in salads, to eat by themselves or with some butter and bread.
Very lush and healthy leaves of sawtooth coriander. I recently noticed our own plant in the backyard is doing rather nicely, but it was good to receive this bounty of sawtooth coriander. Will have to cook up a proper tom yum gung or spicy sour thai soup using these fragrant leaves.
A huge portion of fresh curry leaves. I never quite know what to do with these, but if I recall correctly, they were useful for the crab with butter and salted egg yolk dish that Millet brought to our attention a few months back… Any other ideas how I might use the curry leaves? Suggestions appreciated! :)
Lots of french beans or haricots verts — perfect blanched and added to a salade nicoise, a green salad, or enjoyed as a side dish. As a general observation, the local versions are just a bit too big and are left on the vine a bit longer than you would find in Europe and elsewhere. I know this is partly to make them weigh heavier, and partly because it does seem a bit bizarre to enjoy them when they are straw thin, or even thinner. But it’s one of those luxurious peculiarities of the produce world… If you have an abundance of the beans, blanche them and toss them with boiled baby potatoes and a sharp mustard vinaigrette dressing… delicious!
Particularly fresh and vibrant baby arugula. Perfect in salads, as a garnish for sandwiches needing a peppery kick, and wilted into pasta sauces. I am a huge fan of arugula, and this stuff Gejo delivered is lightyears better than the humongous leaves now typically seen in grocery lettuce mixes.
Finally, some fragrant mint, with tiny leaves bursting with aroma and flavor. I also got some rosemary, tomatoes and other goodies in today’s delivery. Thanks, Gejo!