Saturday, July 3, 2010

Farmer's Market Haul, 7/3/10

Super-big midsummer haul!

yellow crookneck squash
squash blossoms
red carrots
lemon cucumbers
maroon snap peas
flat-leafed parsley
bush basil
Rocambole garlic (with attached scape!)

black currants
golden raspberries
Tristar strawberries

milk from Milk Thistle Farm
yogurt from Milk Thistle Farm
butter from Ronnybrook Farm
mozzarella from Tonjes Farm
eggs from Flying Pig Farm
hot Italian sausage from Grazin' Angus Acres (for July 4th, just doing our patriotic duty!)
goldenrod honey from Tremblay apiaries

Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday cat blogging, true love edition


 This is still Oscar's favorite rug, even when it's rolled up to make way for a little house cleaning.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday: It's been so long, beans


Long beans cooked with mustard seeds and red pepper, served with toor dal and basmati rice.

It's been quite a while since long beans last appeared on the blog - but it'd be more often if we could find them more frequently!  These relatives of black-eyed peas have a deep, delicious flavor with less of the harsh greennness of green string beans, and have an almost dry but chewy texture.  In this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey's World of the East, they were flavored with asafoetida, mustard seeds, cumin, toasted urad dal, dried red chilies and cayenne pepper, and at the end of cooking we added grated coconut.  If you have those ingredients on hand, you could try this preparation with normal green beans too.  We really loved this dish.

Farmer's Market Supplement, 7/1/10

Today Lizz picked up yellow sweet cherries from the Columbia greenmarket.  (Not Queen Anne cherries, the ones that are bright yellow with blush-red patches - these are a different variety which are a solid, slightly translucent light yellow.)