Return to the Santa Monica Farmers Market

Finally back to the market after nearly 4 months…we tried two weeks ago but protests had it closed down (the same neighborhood had had looters)…there are still lots of boarded up windows:

But the market was busy even though its way spread out for distancing:

On of the prizes and purposes for the trip was mara des bois…from Harrys Berries

Pricey but he loves them.

I went for tomatoes and they finally are debuting:

Also found were lemon cucumbers and german butterballs.

And our first goat cheese in a long while.

This is the closest to normal i have felt in a while even with masks and spacing. I needed a brief moment to be happy….

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:-)