Thursday, August 14, 2008

Farmer's Market

I've been trying every week lately to hit the market when it is downtown, or the tiny local one three blocks from my house. My only complaint is that they are on the same day, so at least every other week I have to miss it and end up going to the large one downtown. I have been getting much much better about being regular, and it has resulted in some nice surprises.

The first is that M likes zucchini. My husband swore he hated the stuff until I made it for him the first time I cooked for him. The key I guess is to not overcook. I marinate then grill. Last time I grilled I made some for M and he was upset that he wasn't going to get any, so M had to share. The grill ran out of gas this week, so I improvised with the beautiful baby ones I found today. Pan fried very lightly in a little salt, pepper and olive oil, then toss with fresh herbs and a very small amount of balsamic vinegar before chilling for tomorrow's dinner. M loved the few I let her taste tonight after she devoured the rest of her veggies.

The other is what to do with baby red potatoes other than boiled potatoes with butter and fresh herbs. That one never seems to be as popular with the rest of the house as me. Instead I made a baby red hash of sorts with quartered potatoes, onions, Spam (yes that spam), and fresh herbs. I only use a small amount of Spam, and M only gets the potatoes anyways. I don't add any extra salt since it adds enough. The nice part about this is the potatoes stay firm, but caramelize on the outside a bit. It used to be every time we had Spam (A loves it) I thought of Monty Python. Now I think of Monty Python and City Mama.

I'm waiting for the fall items to figure out what to do with them. (I may never like squash) I'd also like to try to cook the small Japanese eggplants like they do in restaurants, I just haven't been brave enough yet. While I wait for new challenges, I'm using the last of the good cucumbers to make what may be the last batch of refrigerator pickles.


Marketing Mama said...

You lost me at Spam. Just kidding. But I do think those potatoes would be yummy without the Spam, ya think?

Another idea would be to smash them, add a ton of garlic, butter and salt. Yum.

Jill said...

I cooked up my first ever batch of refrigerator pickles just last night! Coincidence!

Christina said...

I've got a bag of baby red potatoes to find something to do with, too. I wish I knew how to cook!

I love the local farmer's markets. I can't wait until next month when the apples start to come in season.

Kerry said...

The zucchini sounds wonderful! I'll have to give your recipe a try.

I'm hosting a "Farmer's Market Report" Mr. Linky. Maybe you'd like to submit this post? Come on by and check it out:

tere said...

the japanese eggplant are an ingredient of thai green curry. it's awesome and I know you like thai food. I've made the green curry from scratch or you can buy the paste in the store. When you make it from scratch you have the option to make it milder or add more cilanto to your taste and for M to try. coconut milk with all this is great.

Red potatoes make a great potato salad as they don't mush up like white or yellow ones. They are also great roasted (or grilled) for the same reason. Roasting them with other vegies, like peppers, onions, zucchini, and later when the beets and winter squash -yum yum.

Oh you can add meat to any of these things too, I'm just not to into spam all those different animals (even if they are the same species) ground into one can...