Monthly Archives: July 2011

Lazy Post

So, I was going to write up a fantastic post for the Funny Eater crowd, but I’m feeling lazy and with the number of pictures in my post over at Forks in the Crossroads, cross posting seems like a monumental task.  I apologize, but for updated fun today, please head over to Forks in the Crossroads.


Farmer’s Market

** cross posted to Forks in the Crossroad **

Sooo….it’s been a week and today I’m feeling awfully lazy. Actually, truth be told I have been really stressed out lately about various things. I know, it’s terrible. All that cortisol running around my body is not doing me any favors. I just have a hard time with things sometimes. Anyway, this is not about me and my cortisol, but about the Farmer’s Market.

Today is my last official day visiting this particular Farmer’s Market. I am totally sad about it. I wish I could just stay here and continue on this journey of getting calmer and having a life. Alas, my current career trajectory has other ideas. (I am hoping to get off that career trajectory, but I’ll leave those thoughts for another post.)

The height of summer produce isn’t my favorite. I’ll be honest. The string beans have been way too fat and tough to eat lately and other produce just tastes a bit bitter to me. I liked early summer better. All the young and fresh produce that was just making it out of the ground just tasted better to me.

As usual, I forgot to take a camera or my phone to take pictures. I also forgot to take photos when we got home. Things are a little crazy around here. The stuff that spoils got shoved into the fridge and then we tackled some life things, so I’m giving you a wordy run down instead of a lot of photos.

My sister is home and she came to the market today (yay!). We ended up having a more involved shopping excursion than usual. We also ended up showing up much later than usual since we all slept in (I actually got a good amount of sleep last night, which I really needed. I was very, very, very sleep deprived.)

First, we stopped at my favorite organic farmer. We got some french lettuce, rainbow carrots, cabbage, parsley, little yellow-orange cherry tomatoes, and a couple of zucchini.

You can’t see everything in the photo. I just snapped whatever was still on the table post shopping because I am feeling way lazy about the photos right now.

You’ll also notice in the photo that you see some corn peeking out from the right side and some plums up top in a white bag. We snagged those and a carton of eggs from another local farmer. They aren’t organic, but they are local and they are the major fruit supplier of the market that we go to.

Then, the meat guy was there. I have wanted to try some local meat for while, but this guy was missing last week. We ended up buying a couple of boneless pork chops and we had them for lunch. I am really not good with meat so I looked up a recipe on Purely Primal. We made the Lime Honey Pork Chops. My sister ended up doing most of the cooking. The pork chops were good! Easy recipe, tasty meal. I am not going to complain.

I wish I had a picture of lunch for you, especially since lunch involved some of my sister’s paleo friendly cabbage slaw, grilled zucchini slices, and grilled sweet onions. Alas, I ended up on an inadvertent fast this morning and we ended up eating at 2:30 PM, so you’ll have to understand that food was looking really good at that point. (I hadn’t even had a glass of water until 2 PM!) The only thing I have for you is that plate of mostly grilled onions off to the left side of the picture.

Back to the market. Our final stop was a winery. We bought a bottle of pinot gris (at least I think that’s what it was…I’ll have to go and check) after taste testing that and some framboise. The framboise was not at all like framboise that I’ve had and had a weird taste, so we nixed that one.

All in all a very productive market trip. Off to be productive in other ways.


Farmer’s Market!

**cross posted to Forks in the Crossroad**

Once you start eating paleo/primal and you consider what you put into your body, not only do you eat differently, but you shop differently for food. Case in point, we’ve gone to the Farmer’s Market every week since we started. It’s the highlight of my week and the food is well worth the effort.

The food just tastes better. We usually have to do a midweek run to a grocery store or farm market store, but that is never the same. The produce just doesn’t taste as good. Different foods have lots of different flavors.

I remember as a kid we had a vegetable garden and while I would eat the vegetables that came out of that garden (even the tomatoes!), I really didn’t like vegetables otherwise. Why? Food from the grocery store doesn’t really have a taste and the taste that it does have is kind of yucky. I always think that carrots taste like dish soap. Gross!

So, we’re heading to the Farmer’s Market in a bit. Just thought I’d let you know. (Don’t think the pictures are going to go up very fast though, because right now I’m in deep trouble for procrastinating on my regular life. I’ll have them for you, but not until later.)

Have a great day! (And stay cool to those folks suffering from excessive summer heat today.)


en papillote

**cross posted to Forks in the Crossroads**

I have been wanting to try this whole “en papillote” cooking thing for a really long time now.  I saw it on TV when the great Jacques Pepin was cooking (on PBS).  He did some really cool geometric things with the parchment paper…yeah not me.  Then, I saw it in a magazine as a recipe to impress.  When I saw it on Health Bent, I had to do it.

The only thing I really followed from the Health Bent recipe was the oven temp.  I dialed the time down to about 10 minutes because I was using our fantastic convection toaster oven and it was a small piece of fish.  Instead of spring onions (sadly, I ran out and have to wait until market on Thursday to get more), I put in chopped sweet vidalia onion, sliced local garlic that we bought yesterday, and some fresh basil leaves.  I did my usual coating of olive oil with some himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper on top.

The final result is a tasty fish done in 10 minutes.  Awesome.  (In fact it’s so awesome, the dog is begging for some.)

Try it out.  It’s easy and it makes you feel fancy.


Breakfast

Breakfast

I don’t have any exciting post titles in me, so breakfast it is.  I had to share this photo because I love the bright yellow carrot that is posing in the front of this tasty egg creation.  I believe I also tossed in chopped vidalia onions, chicken and apple sausage, sweet peppers, and romano beans.

We’re pretty much done with peppers around here.  We’re trying to dial down the nightshades.  (Now, I know this is a paleo, auto-immune type thing, but this definitely counts as funny eating.)  We haven’t had any tomatoes ,which is really sad, since summer has some great tomatoes.

In other news, we bought black velvet apricots from Costco.  They look just like apricots but with a really deep dark purple hue.  The taste is like a plum.  It’s really strange, but very tasty.  Try them out if you get a chance.

And, that’s about all I’ve got right now.


Farmer’s Market

** cross posted to Forks in the Crossroads **

This is a much delayed post from my Thursday morning outing to the Farmer’s Market.

This is what I got:

Zucchini and Sunburst Squash

 

Summer Spinach

 

Romano Beans

 

Rainbow Carrots and Spring Onions

My favorite are the rainbow carrots.  So much fun and the color of the yellow ones when you peel and slice them are neon yellow.  They even taste yellow to me.

Stay tuned for this week’s Market outing.


So Many Tasty Things

I have a lot of catch up to do.  I’m going to start with this post about the tasty highlights of the last few days.

First up, salmon and shrimp (see the photos below) that I made.  Super easy.

  

Defrost (or get fresh, which is even better) some frozen wild salmon and some frozen shrimp.  Coat with some olive oil.  Sprinkle himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper on top.  Pop into the convection toaster oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes.  (You should adjust the time as you see fit).  The Himalayan salt makes all the difference.  Everything tastes great and takes almost no effort to make.

You can see the shrimp above.  Now for the salmon:

Okay, now that we’re done with the protein, let’s move onto veggies.

Doesn’t it look great?!  Fresh spring onion, zucchini, and sunburst (or pattypan) squash from the farmer’s market sauteed in olive oil.  So tasty and keeps really well in the fridge.  Go make some.  You’ll love how it tastes.

I have some other fun veggie news in the form of the Farmer’s Market haul from this week, but that’s for another post.