Saturday, May 03, 2008

Sixty Nine


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Today I got out of the Farmers' Market for $69:

2 organic navel oranges - 2 organic lemons - 1lb organic Straus butter - 1 squoodgy Buffalo mozzarella - a large bunch of basil - 2 gleaming organic little gems - a bunch of beautiful dirty organic radishes - an organic cauliflower - a bunch of organic leeks - handfuls of favas - sturdy stalks of rhubarb - organic King trumpet mushrooms - half a pound of grass fed beef skirt steak - an avocado - a pain epi - two croissants - three punnets brimming with Swanton's wonderful strawberries.

Things left over from last week I can add to the mix:

milk - cream - eggs - celery - onions - carrot - shallots - cheese - guanciale

what I am, perhaps, thinking about:

stewed rhubarb and strawberries - orange caramel strawberries - classic ragu and homemade taglietelle - simple salad with French-style vinaigrette - Paul Bertolli's cauliflower soup - roasted mushrooms with mozzarella and basil - favas roasted whole in their pods.

I don't know about you, but I do this every Saturday - you know - make up all sorts of ambitious, delicious-sounding plans for the produce I've just bought. It never seems to turn out quite how I imagine though. I wonder how many of this week's ideas will actually end up on my dinner plate?

Either way, I think I need a nap before I get to work in the kitchen...

QUESTION OF THE DAY graphic copyright sam breach
?What did you buy at the market today and what are you thinking about doing with your bounty?

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© 2008 Sam Breach
Sixty Nine


  • At 3/5/08 11:10, Anonymous Allison said…

    Today at the farmer's market: a bunch of lettuce, 2 cucumbers, half a pound of baby carrots. All for $4.50 This week, it will all become a fantastic salad! Yum. :)

  • At 3/5/08 11:17, Anonymous T Shane said…

    Can you make some mint julep's? The Derby starts at 1:30.

  • At 3/5/08 11:27, Blogger Sam said…

    allison - that sounds like a bargain.
    T Shane - can you see MINT on my list, huh?

  • At 3/5/08 12:52, Anonymous EB said…

    I woke up with the best intentions of going... I mean LOOK at it outside! But then crepes called me for breakfast (using strawberries from this week's Fruit Guys delivery) and well... crepe coma trumped market.

  • At 3/5/08 13:12, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    You Brits.
    I hope you make the tagliatelle.
    We are dealing with asparagus, onions, eggs, yogurt. There's an omelette happening in the kitchen right now (and I'm not in the kitchen!).

  • At 3/5/08 13:12, Blogger Kitt said…

    I still have a massive leek left from my visit to the Ferry Building two weeks ago that I'm going to use to make a variant of scallion pancakes tonight.

    Meanwhile yesterday I went to six Asian markets looking for a Chinese rolling pin, but only bought stuff at the first place: Chinese chives (also for the pancakes), yu choi, water spinach and a mango. I was very restrained! I know if I buy too much it will go bad before I can eat it all.

  • At 3/5/08 13:23, Blogger Casey said…

    I just got around to posting about my purchases at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market two weeks ago --all that's left from that foray are a few eggs. Tomorrow we'll bike to the California Street market in Palo Alto--and I'm already looking forward to the Basque cake I'll be buying from one of my favorite vendors.
    (The baskets are on MY bike--so cake, berries, greens are OK to buy --but I repeatedly tell J: "No potatoes; no large bags of onions; no mammoth sacks of citrus."

  • At 3/5/08 14:35, Blogger ChrisB said…

    CC so what do Americans call punnets?

  • At 3/5/08 18:40, Blogger Barbara said…

    One iceberg lettuce (sorry Jamie Oliver but I like them),1 avocado,2kg roma tomatoes, 1 bunch basil, 4 unwaxed lisbon lemons,6 apples (unwaxed yay),1 large ciabaata,500gr fresh pasta from the lovely Italian man,bunch green beans, bag of waxy potatoes, two purple potatoes, 1 bag macadamia nut muesli.
    Tomato and basil - salad.
    Apples and muesli with yogurt for breakfasts.
    Iceberg lettuce - sandwiches during the week.
    Lemons - preserved lemons.
    Pasta for dinner tonight.
    Ciabatta for bbq today.
    Waxy potatoes for potato salad for bbq.
    Purple potatoes and green beans - to serve together 'cos I think it will look fun.

  • At 4/5/08 01:55, Blogger Bron said…

    today's Marshall loot was smaller than yesterday's big city haul, our wee country bumpkins market is small!

    *1 kg of Manuka honey - winter flu insurance and cheaper than doctor visits!
    *500g tomatoes - because we used the last of our own last week
    *fire flame chillies - they were pretty

  • At 4/5/08 11:23, Anonymous Susan said…

    Kumquats, strawberries, rhubarb, basil (I made a galette with these, which is here.) Also fennel, salad greens, new potatoes, lemons, summer squash, garlic, sweet potatoes, red onion, bok choy, goat sage cheddar, pepper jack.

  • At 4/5/08 17:01, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    ChrisB: We just call them baskets. Not as poetic.

  • At 5/5/08 13:10, Blogger Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said…

    I stocked up on avocados! I can't get enough of them ... I like slicing them up in salads or making big bowls of guacamole ... Yum! Also, the roasted mushrooms on your list sound fantastic!

  • At 6/5/08 06:49, Anonymous enidd said…

    yum, sam. enidd had her own version of pasta primavera last night - pasta, asparagus, courgette, peas, topped with a little cheese. nice way to add lots of green stuff...

  • At 6/5/08 08:17, Blogger Farmer de Ville said…

    Our local market hasn't opened for the season yet, but the hills are popping with black morels!

    Here is what I'm talking about:
    Oregon Morels!

    So, the plan is to make "cascade morels with silver falls chevre and local hazelnut dust"

    Cheers -


  • At 6/5/08 08:30, Blogger Aaron Kagan said…

    Sadly the fantastic farmer's markets of the Boston area have yet to fully reappear, though I've managed to find both rhubarb and fiddle heads.

    I baked uncut sticks of the rhubarb (with sugar and ginger) wrapped in whole wheat pie dough, pinched in the middle so that they looked kind of like rhubarb cannolis.

    I steamed the fiddle heads in beer, and then drank the rest of the beer.

    Otherwise I'm still polishing off the remains of my apples, pumpkins, potatoes and frozen marrow bones.

  • At 6/5/08 10:49, Blogger Scott at Real Epicurean said…

    Unfortunately nothing from the market for me - despite knowing that the farmer's market was on, I totally forgot about it.

    Still, a day spent at the beach and fish 'n chips on the way home isn't all bad!

  • At 6/5/08 16:24, Blogger nicole said…

    I totally know what you mean! I got a lot of strawberries and was going to do something fun with them (shortcake?), but then we ended up just eating them all ... which wasn't half bad :) Your roasted mushroom/mozz thing sounds delish.

    Yay, spring.

  • At 7/5/08 08:08, Anonymous Hillary said…

    I have not - eep - ever been to a farmer's market so I enjoyed this list with price and all. I always thought they were so expensive, but this doesn't sound bad.

  • At 9/5/08 10:25, Anonymous leela said…

    Wednesday at the farmer's market in Austin, Texas:
    6 medium lovely leeks
    5 or 6 enormous beets
    4 purple kohlrabi
    dozen fresh eggs
    massive bunch of little carrots with tops
    ~1 1/2 pounds tiny new potatoes
    8 or 9 peaches
    pint of blackberries
    that's all i remember now, but it was only $24 for all of it! the eggs and leeks have already come together in a delicious fritatta.

  • At 10/5/08 12:00, Anonymous Maggie said…

    Here in the Garden State (NJ) it's too early and cold for the farmers' markets; but, we have a fabulous market, Wegman's ~ yesterday's purchase was fresh ground chicken & pork for a loaf with Vidalia onion, red & green peppers, two tiny zucchinis, and salad greens.
    Today I bought vanilla yogurt for my dogs ~ I mix it with a glucosomine/joint support for their arthritis, milk bones for senior dogs, and lean pockets
    Not too exciting!

  • At 27/5/08 22:10, Blogger Katie's blog said…

    I love going to the local farmer's market in St. Louis. When there, I always buy herbs, cheese, lettuce, beans, potatoes, and anything else that looks good. I just love the market.


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