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Farmer’s market

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Once again, the market was delightful.  I made my way home with local strawberries (last of the season – so sad), sweet potatos, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, and beets.

And then…there was pie, made from this recipe.

Pie is good.  That is all.

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June 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

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Quiet foodie Sunday

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It was a quiet day today, as I’m usually of the opinion that Sundays should be.  I woke up early – as I do pretty much every day now – and had some time online before calling my dad and wishing him a happy father’s day.  I had some breakfast, took a bit of a bath while reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”, and then went for a bit of walk.  While I was out, I picked up some organic cocnut oil for baking and a book on keeping chickens (although that may go back in favour of a different one, once I’ve had a chance to look through it).

Although I had plans to write a bit this afternoon, they got a bit pushed aside in favour of a trip to the grocery store and some kitchen time.  Really, it needs to be cleaned before someone comes to look at the leaky fridge, but I also spent a good deal of time making food.

Garlic scapes were turned into a fresh, garlicky flax seed pesto and, with green onion and tomato from the market and basil from out back, became pizza.  The strawberries from the market and rhubarb from friends became what I think is my first-ever pie, complete with lattice top (pictures to follow – so proud!)

Tomorrow, work will get done, as will more cooking, and the eating of the tasty leftovers.  Today, I’ve cleaned the kitchen, made some good food, and learned to make some new things, which is just fine by me.

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June 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

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More local foods

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I woke early this morning and ventured out to the farmer’s market at the north end of the city.  I was pretty excited about it yesterday, and wasn’t disappointed when I arrived this morning – more vendors than I expected, plus lots of great offerings.

I came home with a number of things in tow, and it probably would have been more if my fridge weren’t already fairly full.

Here we have: fresh lettuce, spring onions, beefsteak tomatoes, strawberries, cheese curds, Italian sausage, and bacon.

Since I currently have access to a car, I also took a trip up to the Arva Flour Mill, which is fairly close by.  I walked away with 5 kilos of locally milled flour (without preservatives), plus some of their wheat bran, which I’m looking forward to trying out.

While part of me does still get a bit weird about prices of things in general (I find that grad student funding and strict budgets can really mess with your relationship with money long-term), I really enjoyed shopping at the market and bringing home really good, really local food.  And, in all honesty, the strawberries alone were worth it.

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June 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm

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Local foods

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Today, I went with a friend to her mom’s place an hour away so she could leave for vacation – I brought her car back, and will be driving it while she’s away, mostly so the battery doesn’t die.

Her mom has a garden out back and they rarely if ever use all that they produce.  So, after hearing that I love garden-fresh produce and have an idea how to use it, she gave me a few things to bring home with me.

Fresh garlic scapes (some of which got used in fried rice tonight).

Rhubarb.

A jar of her apricot jam, canned from the apricots that grow on the tree in their backyard.

I am delighted beyond belief.  I love rhubard, scapes, and jam in general, but the fact that it was local (albeit with a bit of driving on my part) and grown in the backyard of someone I know is a really nice feeling.  Tomorrow, there will be scapes in my omlette, jam on my toast, and rhubarb crisp for dessert, and I will enjoy it all immensely.  So excited!

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June 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm

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Upcoming projects

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Since I seem to be surprisingly productive recently, I’m hoping to get a few more projects off the ground soon.   Admittedly, I also need to work on the dissertation more, since it has been lagging a bit in the post-wedding exhaustion, but I’d like to get a few additional projects off the ground.

Container garden – my patio is in a rather questionable state.  I recently got rid of a pile of stuff from it – chairs and plant stands and general crap dropped by the neighbours, oh my! – but it still needs a whole lot of work.  Ideally, I’d like to pick up some extra seedlings to go along with my lone basil plant (which has sadly been besieged by bugs).  I have the pots for them, and although they could use some additional soil and a way to get them a bit more sun, I think this is a reasonable project, especially since I’ll be staying put for the rest of the summer.

Worm composter – I think (and hope perhaps somewhat too desperately) that I may have found a local supplier of composter-appropriate worms. Assuming that I’m not wrong, I’d like to start making my own compost.  Traditional composters aren’t typically allowed outside my building, but I could probably start a worm composter outside and then move it inside without anyone really noticing.  And, given that I need to beef up the soil for my much hoped-for container garden, a worm composter would come in rather handy on that end too.

Kombucha – I’ve only found one local supplier of the SCOBY needed to make kombucha, and their products are a bit on the expensive side.  Happily, I’ve found online instructions for making my own, and as soon as I can find a bottle of raw, organic kombucha, then I’m going to give that a try at home to see how it turns out.

That’s probably enough for now, since the death of my productivity usually comes when I have too much on the go at once.  But it’s nice to have something akin to a plan ready to go and specific things to work on over the next little while.

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June 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Fermented food

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While I’ve always loved food, I’ve found myself even more fascinated with it recently, especially in terms of making it.  I’ve always cooked much of my own food, but I increasingly find myself wanting to make even more now, and delving into new territory when it comes to time in the kitchen.

I got home from campus earlier than expected today, and spent a bit of time in the kitchen.  They don’t look like much yet, but the fruits of my labour are starters for sourdough bread and ginger beer.  They’re currently sitting in the warmth of my kitchen, waiting for yeast to happen along and for fermentation to begin.

I’ve cooked and baked a lot in time, but fermentation is new to me, and I have to admit that I’m excited in a weird way about it.  Actually, I don’t think I’ve been this excited about making food in a long time.  It’s exciting to be able to make something at such a fundamental level (goodness, who knows how I feel when I finally get to have chickens).  And, if this works out well, then it’s on to saurkraut and kimchee and maybe kefir.  And then?  Who knows?

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June 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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