Tag Ana Sortun

Ana Sortun’s Beet Tzatziki

I love Ana Sortun’s beet tzatziki. Love it. Think about it when I don’t have any, which is most of the time. And then sometimes run over to Sortun’s cafe, Sofra, to buy some. Forget about The Professor for the moment, who has an aversion to dill. I could eat a pint of Sortun’s beet tzatziki straight. And actually, I might have, because I craved it when I was pregnant last year and eating … robustly.

In any case, my CSA box from Siena Farms this week included beets and Ana’s tzatziki recipe! Now, at the very least, I’ll be able to satisfy my cravings without waiting in line at Sofra. And I might even be able to tweak the tweak the recipe (replacing the dill with a mix of parsley and basil maybe?) to make it more popular with The Professor. He does love beets, after all.

Ana Sortun’s Beet Tzatziki

2 tsp fresh lemon juice or to taste

1 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups yogurt or labneh

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill

ground pepper

1 to 1/2 cups cooked shredded beets

Combine the lemon juice, garlic, and salt in a bowl and let stand 10 minutes. Stir in the yogurt, olive oil, dill, and pepper. Fold in the beets and adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.


My First Siena Farms CSA Box Is Here!

This winter, I became part-owner of a farm in Sudbury. Which is to say that I paid up-front for a weekly box of produce from Siena Farms. You’ve probably already heard about community supported agriculture (CSA) and maybe you’ve even tried it. But this is my first time signing up.

Yesterday and every Monday this summer, I will receive a mystery box of fresh produce. I’m both alarmed and excited by the prospect.

The Professor, I think, is just alarmed.

My first box of vegetables from Siena Farms

In any case, I didn’t sign up for a CSA share with Siena Farms because it supplies produce to Oleana, O Ya, No 9 Park, Sportello, and a dozen other top restaurants in Boston. I signed up with Siena because the owner of the farm, Chris Kurth, is married to Ana Sortun, the chef behind Oleana, and every box comes with suggested recipes, including some from Sortun herself! I figured that with Sortun by my side — or, at least, slipping me weekly cooking tips — how scary can a mystery box of vegetables be! Right?

CSA Box #1 - Spring Garlic, Radishes, Bok Choy, Cilantro

The first box contained a bag of braising greens, some spring garlic, a bag of mesclun mix that looks infinitely fresher than the halfway-to-rotten stuff they sell at the grocery store, a generous amount of baby bok choy, bunches of wonderfully fragrant thyme and cilantro, radishes that I have no idea what to do with, and two very large heads of lettuce.

CSA Box #1

I guess someone at Siena Farms read my post about making more interesting salads!