Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mizuna in the Box

My CSA box is back and so am I!  I survived (sort of) our biggest deadline date of June 15th.  It was quite a taxing season - pardon the pun!  Cooking is now all about what's in the box.  This week we received beets, French breakfast radishes, kale, mustard greens and mizuna.  Great box!  Oh but mizuna, that's a tough one and Matt claims that he hates it.   I was determined to cook every bit of these lovely vegetables!  Well, I am proud to say that we ate all of the mizuna and loved it!  So this is what I made:
Mizuna and Goat Cheese Quiche with an Olive Oil Crust

My daughter Cailyn found an olive oil crust recipe that she wanted to try.  We didn't want all of the butter or God forbid lard found in most pastry recipes.  We need to reserve our butter consumption for the radishes!    The crust recipe couldn't have been any easier and it was tasty - who knew?! 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ice water
Mix flour and salt together.  Whisk the water and olive oil together.  Combine the flour and oil/water with a fork.  Press into a pie plate.  Crust in minutes! 

I used my go-to quiche recipe found here and substituted sauteed mizuna for the asparagus.  (Wash the mizuna thoroughly, remove stems and chop).  I baked the quiche at 400 until set (35 - 40 minutes).  Fabulous!

Soba Noodles with Mizuna
I was inspired by this recipe from the lovely blog Clean & Delicious with Dani Spies.  I changed up the recipe a bit by stir frying the carrots, using about 2 inches of minced fresh ginger instead of dried and cooking the garlic for about 30 seconds (with the ginger).  The carrots were sweet and still had a bit of crunch to them -yummy.  What a delicious and healthy lunch!


  1. I've never heard of mizuna so am already intrigued. The dish looks like summer - I am going to try that crust and I also have some lovely fresh radishes which I will save the butter for! I am in the midst of deadlines - so know your relief. I will have that relief in July!

  2. This looks great! I have never heard of mizuna but I'm sure it's delicious. I love the addition of goat cheese...yum!

  3. What a nice assortment you got in your CSA box - such fun! What a great idea, trying mizuna in quiche and a stir-fry noodle dish.

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  5. Both dishes have me drooling. I will save the olive oil crust. It really does sound so easy that maybe even I could do it!


  6. Your CSA box sounds IDENTICAL to mine! I stir-fried the mizuna with the mustard greens in some soy sauce and ginger and then steamed salmon on top. SO GOOD. But this quiche also sounds amazing! I hope I get some more!

  7. I've never had mizuna! I'd love to try it though, and your quiche is really beautiful!

  8. I've never made an olive oil crust before. This quiche looks AMAZING!

  9. I love reading about CSA boxes. Mizuna is a new one on me. Great quiche recipe too. I can't wait to try an olive oil crust.

  10. Mizuna is a new one to me too! Looking forward to your future posts. Love the concept of the CSA box and the challenge to use the vegetables.

    Happy summer to you.


  11. I use a similar olive oil crust recipe from Chocolate &'s easy and so good!
    You know I love quiches....looks great!