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….

Stuffed Red Peppers

I have already misplaced the recipe for the red pepper recipe this week…but i made it! It was an ATK recipe challenge email featuring season produce

I slightly mashed some canned garbanzos 


Added capers, lime juice, olive oil, gluten free bread crumbs, garlic and crumbled goat cheese.


Roasted the pepper


Stuffed it..added some goat cheese on top with and olive oil drizzle.


Baked it


Served it up with a pile of salad

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.

Third street promenade farmers market

We are blessed to have a year round growing season, and we are on the verge of the moment where the most of those riches shine!  Saturday at the santa monica third street promenade farmers market, the following are a prelude to the full summer bounty:

Figs!  I forgot to take a pic before i cut up the ripe ones…it was a nice basket of 1/2 ripe and half ripe in a day or two

My fav farmers market cheese for years…i got the mozzarella and asiago…dont for one minute think its traditional mozza or asiago…they surely have their own style .  Spring hill jersey cheese from nocal.

Lemon cucumbers

Baby red leaf heads

The very first of the tomatoes

Citrus!!!

Cucs abound

Herbs

Its still cherry and peach season

Jim Taylor waits for these puppies all year…high price, small fruit, big taste


One years i will buys these and spend the day shucking them.  Can you imagine fresh garbanzos!?!

So tonight the figs will be sharing a plate with goat cheese and a Bordeaux cherry balsamic ibought in  palm springs

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!

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

 

Fun food finds 1/2/16

 We were Santa Monica farmers market bound today and since winter is usually bland I wasn’t taking any pics until I ran into this this thing so I started with the food pics….

Having no idea what it was, I bought some.  Wikipedia and several sites have cleared up my lack of knowledge…Mountain yams are a Asian tuber that turn into goo if you grate and get mucilaginous plus have an itchy skin that needs soaked in water and vinegar to neutralize…sounds like a winner here :-p

  

Kohlrabi are also in season as I found baby ones last weekend

Sun chokes have been about for a month or so but few in attendance this week–one vendor said the ground was too frozen to harvest  

  

Sweet limes…which I always look at but never buy….and they aren’t green!
  

Unhusked walnuts which I haven’t seen in person since I used to have to collect them from my grandpas yard

  

Mushrooms!  Including white truffle which I passed on hoping for black truffle soon…but I picked up some hedgehogs

  

My favorite cheese vendor provided me with a raw 1year aged white cheddar

  

Jim found giant macaron that are gluten free at the newly opened Lemonade
  

And I picked up the foodies coloring book at Barnes and noble!

 

Farmers market 11/1

whats this?

  

Can you see the lines that run along it?  It sorta looks like a long bean but not really and it has basically no smell…anyone?

Also the radishes and carrots are in which are pretty

   
    
  
    
    
 
Persimmons and apples

  

I did get onion sprouts and wheat grass (the latter for the cats)