Recent food finds

I am constantly taking pictures of food that i see and i have fallen so far behind in sharing lately.   Im going to try and do a catch up of the last couple weeks of things that I thought were fun enough to share.  Passionflowers are blooming, figs and squash are in season.   We are like a week or two away from the Southern California summer cornucopia of ridiculous bounty.

My neighbor at the community garden has a full on passionflower wall growing.  I have never had the fruit.   I was planning to trellis one in my backyard this year but a young plant wont survive our july vaca so after we return.

The van nuys german deli is sooo close to my house:


Usually i will get two smoked brats, 2 swiss and 2 neurenberger for the 2 of us and simmer in saurkraut and wine…

Head cheese anyone?


Does everyone know that i love marzipan!   British cadbury chocolate and marzipan enrobed in dark chocolate are two wonderful things. 

Gooseberries!

If you zoom in, you will notice flavors of soy sauce in this chinese whisky

Fresh almonds

Dragonfruit

Banana blossoms


No name whiskey shots for your carry on bag

I thoroughly enjoy stroopwafel and if you have had an am flight on United, you have been gifted with a stroopwafel…not sure of the cocktail i would make with this

Last weekend was a roadtrip to the BH branch of Laduree to get the much coveted Barbie box

And of course view the special promo display dolls

Macaron!!!!!  

Its fig season!   I have some in the fridge waiting to be covered with cheese and balsamic

Its still peach season

Jim is scoping out his fav variety of strawberry



Tomatoes are breaking in.  Next week will be full blown tomato explosion

Look close…bok choi and cress flowers

The aquash in unstoppable now.


So that updates like 2 weeks of non restaurant/non home cooking pics….home tou saw something fun or unique.

Blt salad inspired by bon appetit email

Okay….this got posted incomplete!!!

Here is my mise en place for this email inspired idea…romaine, parmesan, homemade dressing, smoked blue cheese, tomato, avocado, bacon, garlic, radish, shishito (that i grew!), cucumber….i took like 4 pictures because this has the red pepper that i removed but didnt have the egg i added, etc


Grilled romaine…yep, i flipped and grilled again


Grilling avocado. They made nice grill marks


This is my first try at a grilled chopped blt salad.

It was good:-)


Tonights cocktail was bubbly rose with some Pama splashed in it.

Omg….bordeaux cherry balsamic

Holy crap?   My plan was to blog my whole dinner which was yummy but last we we hit the palm springs street fair and i bought the shit!

I previously bought cranberry walnut balsamic from the Farmers Daughter from hemet at the palm springs street fair….that rocked

But the cherry is ridiculous….and wordpress just put the pics in reverse order…..and im to tired to change it

Santa Monica Farmers Market today

Farmers Market today was rife with new surprises.


First i ran into my favorite white eggplants


The remnants of fig season…guavas


My favorite vendor with a huge array every week


Fresh ginger and even galangal


Kohlrabi


The nearby whole foods had dragonfruit


And my prizes were:


Sunchokes, zuchini blossoms, two kinds of white eggplant, potatoes, kohlrabi, chienese green onions, and baby butternut squash!  Like super baby butternuts!

German deli kinda day

Im deep into projects with a short time horizon so wine simmered kraut with grilled sausage sounded like the trick for this saturday


I bought two each neuremberger brats, swiss brats, and smoked brats

Saurkraut


A riesling to drink


Yummy marzipan


And here goes the kraut:


One bottle of dry white wine, juniper berries, bay leaf, peppercorns, clove….and its off to simmer

And a potato and beet salad


Gluten free pizza and salad wednesday

Easy day with gluten free crust and a salad..   
    
 
Its not frozen but i love this anyway

   
Leftovers from last night…tastes like a feta but texture like a jack

   
   
 
Added some olive oul, sherry vinegar, an acocado, olives (leftover from pizza) and some italian broad beans with penzeys greek seasoning (i love it!) 

   

#pulsepledge 4 days in a row

Pulses day three

Coincidence…i had a plan inspired by kevins closet cooking but the only gluten free soy chorizo is the wrong texture…i havent made pasta in a bit so i went that route…

 First i gathered sauce ingredients:

Elephant garlic

  
 
   
 
  
   

 Gluten free pasta

   
  
Some cheese..i love this brand… Feta tastes like feta but the texture is more like jack

    
Salad parts:

 
  
   

 

  #pulsepledge

With a canned speed it up:-)

  

Adzuki fried rice reenvisioned

Last nights leftover rice gets a new cibe with shrimp and bamboo shoots…with a side of stir fried kale and chard   

It needed more singapore to stir fry the shrimp in
  

And a dash of one of my new favorite things

  

Stir fried greens with bankok spice and red pepper flakes…elephant garlic, ginger, leftover orange pepper, and some mushrooms…veggie broth too
  

The shrimp get goingbwith the bamboo shoots and singapore spice

  
    
 

Yes, my akbar sushi pieces came to visit again

#pulsepledge

1/9 food finds

while at the farmers market and out and about we found a few fun things to try or think about trying.

Root veggies are the spotlight at the farmers market this week   

I bought some pretty pink and blue potatoes…these are colored clear through so they lose their color less than those with just a colored skin

It’s been cold so the avocado su ply train is getting a bit week.    
  

Tiny iceberg lettuces!

  

Assorted cute little lettuces

And a Penzeys trip  

  
  

My penzeys haul this week… The Turkish oregano was free (coupon)

  

Macaron for Jim at lemonade
  

Buffalo milk butter at whole foods

  

Cognac barrels!  I already have the bourbon barrel version at home waiting to be savored
  

Needed to try my Singapore spice from penzeys so made a sort of Singapore noodle

  
  

And some tofu lettuce cups