June 4, 2013

Farmer's Market Time


We went to a local farmer's market for the first time this year. We didn't buy that much actually, Andrew and I were too overwhelmed and plus, I forgot to bring a shopping bag. Doh. But we came home with a bunch of honey sticks (orange blossom flavor), a half dozen eggs (Andrew doesn't believe me, but last year I bought some eggs from the farmer's market and I almost fell over at the difference in taste. SO much richer and buttery tasting, they were amazing!), and a bunch of organic asparagus. Oh and a small bag of Pink Lady and Fuji apples. Those also taste so much....MORE than what you find at the store. It's the same taste, just amplified, I'm telling you.

So for one dinner this week, we will be having scrambled eggs, with biscuits, and a side of asparagus. I am really into this idea of Very Simple Eating. I've been reading 'The Kitchen Diaries' by Nigel Slater, and I'm here to say, it has totally changed how I view dinners. And the recipes! I'm going to be buying it after I return it to the library, because I want to make nearly everything in the book, which doesn't usually happen to me with a cookbook. You know, where you want to make EVERYTHING??

I've realized that more than eating food, more than making food, what I really want to do is READ ABOUT FOOD, which is why I think I own so many cookbooks and food memoirs.

I've also been bookmarking pages from Nigel's book 'Ripe', which I already own. I am officially Obsessed with Nigel. He's my new British food writer BFF, surpassing even Nigella (gasp!) and Jamie. Nigel is the man. 'The Kitchen Diaries' is just incredible. I mean, one night he cooks up a bunch of mushrooms in butter, wine and olive oil, and then serves it on toast. It's all too fabulous.

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures and I totally get the love of recipe books! I am at my happiest sat in bed with a cup of tea devouring a cook book or browsing a gorgeous food blog.
    Heaven!

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    1. I'm with you Sophie! It's my favorite thing to do on my own :)

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  2. Such beautiful photos. Those strawberries look delicious. My favourite part of the week is roaming around our local farmers market looking for tasty morsels to buy.

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    1. Thank you Miss Melissa! Love all the Melissa book bloggers I know! I'm regretting that I didn't buy a mini pie. I love pie, and I love mini-food, I'm not sure why I passed it up??

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  3. Beautiful pictures! You make me want to go find a Farmer's Market too! I would like to have a simpler approach to cooking as well. The best meals are often the ones with less ingredients but better quality.

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    1. I think summer is such a particularly great time to really break out the simple dinners...:)

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  4. Oh! I want to go to the market now! We have such fun in the fall when we start running our own booth at the market (not that I get to go and help much more with the kids and all... but I do get there a few times) I think Trapper's family has had a booth at the SL market for nearly 18 years now, it's something crazy like that.

    Love your photos! They totally capture the feel of being there.

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    1. Wow! That's so cool that your husband's family has had such a presence there! And thank you thank you, so glad you liked the pix :)

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  5. I would totally eat mushrooms sauteed in butter, wine, and olive oil, served on toast! And no one else in my family would.

    I would love to go to the big farmer's markets, but they always involve getting up early. I'm not good at it right now. There are a couple smaller ones, but they don't have a lot of variety.

    Pink ladies are my family's favorite.

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    1. Strangely, my kid eats mushrooms. Which is funny because mushrooms made me barf when I was little. Literally! One time my mom tried to feed me cream of mushroom soup and it tasted so awful to me that I took 3 bites and then threw it up. I only wanted to eat peanut butter and jelly and THAT'S IT. My kid would prolly want her mushrooms on the side though, not on the toast :)

      We hit the market we went to around noon, I'm not a fan of early rising either!

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  6. YUM. You're making me salivate.

    I adore mushrooms. Lately I can't stop sauteing them in balsamic vinegar. It's amazing.

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  7. Beautiful photographs Melissa! I want to go to a farmers market now.

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    1. Thanks so much Hamilton! And according to Mr. Nigel Slater, there are some really divine farmer's markets in England....:)

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  8. I have read zero books about the matter and only have personal research to back my point of view, but I am 100% in support of simple dinners!!! (I should also mention I'm really lazy when it comes to making dinner, especially in the summer when it's too hot to cook!)

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    1. I think this summer, I'm going to be enlisting Mr. Andrew's help quite a bit more and utilize our grill....:)

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