todays finds combined with the farm fresh to you box became…
todays finds combined with the farm fresh to you box became…
i knew this would happen…someone I follow posted about a buckwheat chia flour great for crusts and hand pies etc….but now that I bought buckwheat flour and chia seeds I cannot find the blog:-/
So today was more foodventure than normal…started out like a Saturday with a trip to Santa Monica farmers market…which blossomed in whole foods (a new location) and Bristol Farms which I didn’t even know what still around!
Leaving home a tad later than normal meant that Starbucks was insane so we had to hit the one at third street promenade inside Barnes and noble.
Which led to me buying the new George RR Martin book and, I believe , my 30th consecutive Food and Wine magazine thanksgiving edition
Santa Monica farmers market Saturday is always one of the biggest around and the weather can’t be beat!
This week I took some random shots of interesting things:
Fresh peanuts, some baby jicama near the back
I just loved the color of these…they weren’t the deep purple of all the others
Kinda the last remaining non hothouse tomatoes…
I ended up with a few things…Thai green onion, garlic jack cheese, tomatoes, eggplant and that about it. I’m still missing the avocado!!!!
Next stop was a whole foods bigger and larger than the one in downtown Santa Monica for a change…and boy was it a change! They had things that my uber large new store in Tarzana doesn’t even have and I loved it! This is going to be our new goto Whole foods
Look! Mochi !
The olive bar was large than normal and I left with Castelvetrano olives
And the cause of much excitement resulting in it being our dinner tonight—gluten free gnocchi!
Somewhere I thought I took pictures of cheese–and oh yeah we bought some because this store has samples unlike ours so I end up buying any cheese I sample!
I grabbed this for dinner or maybe a wine but I couldn’t find any decent lambrusco–last time, I ended up having a case shipped from Italy because it’s so hard to find any here that’s not Riunite…but I digress
The jackfruit faux meat is in many recipes as being yummy so we are trying it out without the elbow grease of making it from scratch So driving onward towards the 405…I spy Bristol farms I had no idea one was here…I thought they close down! So in I pulled
The high end tequilas locked in a case….I have the Don Julio Real and am eyeing the 1942 and the 1800 milennia, and the stuff from San Miguel de Allende (my friend just moved there so I’m hoping for the peso price not the dollar price)
Holiday chocolate treats
I think there is more but I’m simply overwhelmed by the bounty and all the new finds. We have a whole new way to venture home after the farmers market now….wow!
okay…and we are off to lacto fermentation experiment number 1
I’ve made canned pickles like nobodies business but this lacto business is a whole new deal. I’m trying it out with the help of Phat beets youth pickle company and their kit
I found these beautiful pickling cucumbers at Sprouts.
Pickling spice on the bottom and bay leaf (the recipe said to use and oak leaf or grape leaf for the tannins to help keep them crisp…I’m hoping the bay leaves work:-/?!
I found this sea salt hanging about and I needed a NON iodized salt
Hers the finished product (well finished for now)…I filled it with dasani as that was the only still water I had about. Notice the bubbler air trap thingy in the lid. That is filled with water as a trap for badness coming into my fermenting cucs.
So I opened it and shoved them down with a spoon
Kids…the coriander is way over the top and a tad too much….but the saltiness is still high but oddly mellowed since yesterday. I’m thinking tomorrow is when I will slow fermentation by adding them to the fridge…but we will see
A little scum today that I swept off….an interesting first try
I added on blackberry honey which is yummy but I think wildflower is still my favorite (yes, the box arrived a few minutes ago and I already have sampled the honey)
Also added is the chai current oatmeal
As for the rest:
Purple daikon…yep purple daikon
Red leaf lettuce
Tomatoes….um they are not meant to be green so I’m gonna deal with that.
Lots of good things to make:-)
I don’t think I’ve ever made watercress in any form other than soup. This was a hefty batch that I decided to leave as greens with a creamy dressing.
I threw in some cheese cubes, tomato, red onion, zucchini and avocado. And dressed it with penzeys creamy peppercorn
Of Finland chilled glass;-)
I’ve been making this yummy loaf for years. I followed a recipe once and have winged it since. It’s mushrooms (I used a mixture of whatever is managers special because they are getting chopped so they don’t need to be pretty) and nuts (I use what’s handy… This time was sunflower seeds and hazelnuts) chopped up (this was the first try in the vitamin so it’s less chunky then normal).
Slap it in a loaf pan (ps…I don’t like this silicone one…the sides bow out if you fill it full and cooked in grease never comes off so it doesn’t look pretty) that is oiled and bake at 3:50 until it’s done.
About 1 hour and 15 minutes it was firm enough that I knew the inside wasn’t mushy and I pulled it out
Flip it out
we haven’t been here in forever (since like Mother’s Day 10 years ago…) but we had friends in town for another doll convention (thankfully Jim has some limits) in downtown long beach so the QM seemed like the perfect ace to meet up for Queen Mary Sunday champagne brunch .
Upon entering the queen Mary, you will see the hotel entrance (onboard the ship) , Sir winstons fine dining at the queen Mary, shops etc
The dining room for brunch is ginormous
The desserts kept changing! Rebecca say my carrot cake and when I went back there was none but chocolate covered strawberries had arrived and when Rebecca went back there was a time chocolate tart that wasn’t there before…
The price tag for this whole affair is like 56.95 a person plus parking…so this is not a brunch for just any old Sunday…..but the atmosphere is nice (come on! It’s the queen Mary! And you are eating on the water and there are portholes for windows) and the food is pretty good and there is the harpist:-). Then you get to wander the ship after.
After a brunch filled with numerous mimosas, you have to look around the ship.
Things like the worlds longest Lego brick model ship
A Lego Winston Churchill
Take in the views from the observation deck
And play in the phone less phone booths
Fall has encroached upon us and wreaked havoc on my food seeking adventures…and has left me feeling kinda unenthused about cooking.
I started my Saturday with Starbucks on the way to the Santa Monica farmers market Saturday….upon arrival I notice there isn’t a single avocado anywhere which is sad for me who eats one daily if we are home
From there we went to Penzeys Santa Monica store where I had two coupons for free cocoa and free curry plus they had a sale that you got free smoked paprika or chili 3000 if you spent 25 dollars…
The bags were to replenish my supply for things I know I love, of course the three free jars, then I usually try things out with the small jar, if I like it, I buy the big jar, then if we use it a lot I upgrade to the bag.
Made a trip by the Santa Monica whole foods and look what’s in season:
I’m gearing myself for a long boring food winter…
Tomorrow is my nutty mushroom loaf:-)
its Thursday so my box greeted me at the door when I awoke…
This week we had free range eggs, omnivore salt, horseradish mustard, watercress, kale, radishes, tomatoes, carrots, hothouse lettuce, oyster mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, butternut squash, fennel, cilantro, tarragon, chard, green onions, sweet dumpling squash , white turnips, and three trial apples: northern spy, spite burg, and golden russet
I’ll show you what I make!