Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We picked up a dozen ears of Ambrosia corn, which has both yellow and white kernels. I will probably roast it in the husk again.
The cherry and cocktail tomatoes are out in full force, although the regular ones aren't quite here yet. I am so interested in the wide variety of colours and shapes of the small ones, from very dark purple to pale green and from small marble sized to pear-shaped.
Julie picked up some smoked fish from Metropol, which has a location in Belvedere Square. I had picked up some smoked chicken curry salad from there the other day, and the had the most gorgeous artichoke heart tart!
The most stunning thing this week were the "yard long" beans in green and purple. Allegedly, they have a radish taste.See you next week!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I am sure I could find something delicious to do with the apricots, like an upside-down cake. But since I don't really cook...
I think that this is called a globe amaranth. I love how you can see tiny blooms inside the main flower.
Here's the sunflower photo of the week. I think this is a more fall or harvest season looking one, than full summer.See you at the Market next week! Let's think about doing a Baltimore Food Blogger Meet-Up at the Market before the summer's gone.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My two best friends and I, collectively known as the Blonde, the Brunette and the Redhead (BBR), chose Suzy's Soba for several reasons, not the least of which were the good food and the chance to eat outside. The place was virtually empty when we got there at 7:00, and Suzy put the three of us at a very small table, which would have seated two comfortably. There was an empty table for four, so we moved there. A little while later, she came out and scolded us for moving, saying she had a reservation for it. So we moved to where we originally were.
I always order the exact same thing when I am at Suzy's - the Ginger Lime Chicken. It's a light salad, with poached chicken, sliced mangos and avacado and a green-goddess-type dressing and some dried cranberries. B&R both ordered the salmon, which was lightly spiced and came served with rice and some sauteed spinach.
The Blonde had a glass of white wine while she was waiting for the other two of us to arrive and then we each had a glass of Suzy's limeade and ginger-limeade. We were never offered desserts, but were asked summarily if we were finished, and then the bill of $73.00 was presented.
As we went to leave, at about 8:30, the "reserved" table had never been taken, and the rest of the restaurant was totally empty. There were two other tables on the deck, but that was it.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Iron Bridge is on Route 108, a rather schitzophrenic strech of road in Howard County. There are farms and fields on one side of the road, and houses and businesses on the other. Next to Iron Bridge, there's an old abandoned house.
I got there a little before Bird, and the waitress tried to put me at a table that was three inches from the one next to it, even though there were other available tables. I balked at that, and she said I could wait until another table opened. The place was crowded from when we got there at 12:30 until we left at 2:30. It would have been nice if they opened the other side of the dining room to give people some space.
After checking to make sure that nothing she wanted had onions in it, Bird ordered the Sun Dried Tomato and Toasted Almond Chicken Salad on a croissant with herbed Yukon Gold potato wedges. I got a Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger on Kaiser Roll with Citrus Scented Orzo Salad. I'd never seen the multi-coloured orzo, but since it's a pasta, I am sure you can add anything to colour it. It was quite good and very fresh tasting.
I think I am with Cat & Dog - it's a mixed review.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Blue hydrangeas are among my most favourite flowers, and the cool, wet spring we had has made this a banner year for them. I bought a small bunch for way too much money and they never completely recovered from sitting in the car while we were at breakfast and then the Book Thing.
There were some amazing plums, and I think they're Methley plums. They're very small, less than two inches, and just the right mixture of sweet and tart.
As always, I love the varieties of sunflowers. This week, they had some of the ones with pale centers and the mille-petaled Teddy Bear variety. There was also something that I think is called "love lays dying" not exactly a warm and fuzzy name, but the flowers are wonderful. I am wondering how they dry! ***Kitchenography informs me that this is called "love lies bleeding", which isn't much better!I got some pictures of the beautiful wheat grass they make drinks from, even though I am not likely to try it.
Finally, the wonderful white eggplants are in! Those, along with their model-thin purple cousins were in abundance this week.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
- PESTO CHICKEN ROLLS Season and grill chicken cutlets. Brush lavash or any other wrap-type bread with pesto; layer with the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula; roll up and cut on the bias.
- Use a spoon or melon baller to make equal size pieces of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, or, I don’t know, Charentais. Mix together and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt or (better still) chili, sugar, salt and lime.
- Cook fusilli or other cut pasta; rinse in cool water, but don’t bother to chill. Combine with chopped seeded tomatoes, cubed fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. (Good with olives, too.) Do not call this pasta salad, because pasta salad is no good, and this is!