Posted on August 10th, 2011 No comments
My farmers’ market bags this week
First, my camera seems to be out of commission so I have scoured the archives instead of taking pictures at the market today.
I have been out of town the last few weeks and eating other peoples’ cooking. Add to that the fact that summer produce is at its peak, I got a bit carried away today at the Farmers’ Market. I had two very full and heavy bags! My refrigerator is full and now I have to be on top of things so that none of it goes to waste. I thought I would go through my purchases with you and my plans for them.
I am hungry for fruit this week. I bought strawberries which honestly will probably just be eaten as is. I am surprised I didn’t eat all of them already! Windmill Farms of Live Oak has the best berries I have ever eaten! Yum.
I bought plums, a new to me variety called Yummy Giants and yes, they are. They are for a cooking trade with a friend and will become hand pies.
I bought lacinato kale, basil, cilantro, and cucumbers from Route 1 Farms. I ate some of the kale tonight with green beans also gotten at the market from Mell-o-dee Ranch, from whom I also got some eggs, corn, and blackberries. The eggs are going into some homemade mayonnaise amongst some other things. Basil and Cilantro will become pesto, which I have written about here. Cucumbers are being combined with lemons from my tree to become soda. ( a future blog post there) The corn is being pickled tomorrow, based on a variety of recipes I found on the internet. ( also, a future blog post, provided I get my camera working!) Blackberries will be blended with some kefir tomorrow morning for a smoothie.
I treated myself to some raw cream from Claravale Dairy. I am lactose intolerant but occasionally I put raw cream in my coffee substitute drink in the morning and it doesn’t seem to affect me in the same mucus-y way that pasteurized dairy does. We are so lucky here in this part of California to have this dairy . Almost daily, I read on the internet stories of raw milk dairies being raided, shut down by the FDA. Please educate yourself on this subject and support your small local dairies.
I came home with a nice sized newly “processed” pasture raised chicken and a small bag of chicken feet from Fogline Farms in Soquel, Ca. I will roast the chicken and have enough for probably 4 meals. I am likely to eat the legs and thighs as is. I will make some chicken and fig salad from the breast. Then, the carcass and some of the feet will be turned into delicious chicken bone broth. That, in turn, will go in the freezer for future use.
I also got carrots and radishes which will go into salad and just for munching. Thanks, Blue Heron Farm.
A bottle of Mint Cooler from Creative Cultures rounded out my purchases. After momentarily forgetting where my car was parked and having to carry those heavy bags a few more blocks than planned, it gave me a boost for sure!
Please use the comment section to share what you have gotten recently at your farmers’ market.
Posted on June 15th, 2010 2 comments
Early Summer Salad all wrapped up!
Burritos, eggrolls, crepes, summer rolls, sandwiches in a flour tortilla… food in its own edible package. These are all so yummy and so not on my list of foods to eat. There be gluten, Captain! ( my favorite Star Trek movie was the one about the whales. This is my homage to the scene where Mr. Scott, always my favorite, managed to beam these beautiful whales aboard the ship. Sorry, I digress ) Why not wrap it all up in a vegetable package. Collard greens fit that bill nicely, due to their size and “toughness” and as a side benefit they are packed with good nutrition and mostly can be found fresh year round.
The only limit to the possibilities here is your imagination and what you have available. Use seasonal vegetables. Add beans. Get creative with the herbs and spices. Don’t like chicken ? I was wishing I had some shrimp. It certainly can be vegetarian or vegan with the addition of tofu or cheese.
Early Summer salad Collard Wraps
one serving ( I could have eaten another one), just multiply by how many people you want to serve
2 large collard greens leaves, trimmed and steamed ( cut out the tough part of the stem, you want to be able to fold it), cooled ( i used a pinch of salt in the steaming water)
for the salad:
Total of 1 – 1 1/2 cups of the following ingredients – thinly sliced fennel, mung bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, daikon radish, grated carrots, scallions, basil, mint. ( go wild! celery would be good, summer squash, peas, red radishes, bell pepper. just keep the pieces small)
4 oz. chopped cooked chicken ( oh please make sure you used pasture raised, free range chickens. They may be hard to find but oh so worth it!)
for the dressing:
2 T. tahini
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. raw honey
1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
for the dipping sauce:
1/4 c. whole milk yoghurt
curry powder to taste ( again, use your imagination. chili powder ? cilantro? rosemary or thyme? garlic ?
Lay out the steamed collard green on a clean surface. Smear a Tablespoon or so of the tahini mixture across a portion of the green. You will need a bit at the top of the leaf to help seal the final fold. Top that with a handful of the salad mix. Top with 2 oz of the chicken. Fold in the sides of the leave and roll from the bottom. I only got one fold . It works a bit better if the leaf is still damp from the steaming. Make it tight and neat to keep the filling in.
Dip into the sauce and eat. Easy! Delicious and good for you!
This post is part of the Tuesday Twister on GNOWFLINS .
Posted on February 21st, 2010 5 comments
Healthy Green Enchiladas
I don’t know the statistics but I bet among meat eaters, chicken gets eaten the most often. It can get hard to come up with new ideas. I have the best idea! How about switching to pasture raised “happy” chickens, that get to eat bugs, wander around and get treated humanely while they are alive ? Use this site to find some near you. If you haven’t had this kind of chicken before, you will absolutely not believe the taste difference and you will never ever want to eat “regular” supermarket chicken again. It is one of those things that IS worth the $$ difference to eat organic and well raised chickens.
Here is a wonderful recipe that is adapted from an old Weight Watchers recipe. In my personal chef business, I emphasize the importance of eating seasonal and local food, but sometimes you really want to step out of that box. Tomatillos are a summer crop. There are tomatillos available from Mexico but I purchased a can, which I think can be a good alternative to fresh when used infrequently. Vegetables that are canned are picked at their peak while vegetables that are brought here from out of the country may be picked before they are ripe.
Chicken Enchiladas Verde
for the sauce:
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 bunch green onions
1 or 2 jalapenos
1 can crushed tomatillos
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
Combine the cilantro, jalapenos, and onions in a food processor . Add the tomatillos and spices and blend until mixed. Set aside.
for the filling:
1/2 bunch of swiss chard, chopped in small pieces
4c. fresh spinach
1 T. coconut oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
splash of water
2 c. chopped cooked chicken
3/4 c. crumbled goat cheese
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Melt the coconut oil in a saute pan. Add the onions and cook until softened. Add the greens and cook until wilted, using the splash of water to steam them a bit. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 35oº. This recipe can make around 8 -10 enchiladas, depending on what kind of tortilla you use and how much filling you use for each enchilada. The size pan you use will also vary according to the size of tortilla.You will cover the bottom of your baking dish with a thin layer of sauce. I used sprouted corn tortillas which are on the smaller side. I am highly prejudiced against wheat tortillas so I encourage you to use corn ( and please check to see that they are made from non gmo organic corn. Sprouting makes them more digestible). Corn tortillas are a bit more difficult to work with as they are not so flexible. I have a gas stove and so I heat my tortillas individually over the flame of a burner, turning them a few times and letting them soften. Then I dip them into the sauce. Placing them on a cutting board, I put a heaping tablespoon, plus a bit more, filling onto one end of the tortilla and rolled them up. Place seam side down into the baking dish. continue until pan is full, or all the filling is used up. Cover with the rest of the sauce. You could add some grated cheese of your choice here if you would like. Bake for 20 minutes, until everything is hot and bubbly.
I served mine with some refried beans and a small salad. Muy bueno y mucho sabor!