Sunday, October 30, 2011
This weekend was a good one for me. Saturday I had planned a long day of activities for me and my fiancÚ. We haven't had a lot of time together the last few weeks. It seems like every single weekend something is planned or we have obligations. We got up early, went to the final farmer's market which made me a bit sad. Then we went to meet my father for lunch. My relationship with my father is complicated. It was bad for a very long time. One day I decided to not be angry anymore but that is not what this blog is about. Anyway lunch was interesting and sadly all that really brings enjoyment to him, eating. He still lives in my hometown so after lunch we went to grandmother grave. She died November 11 of the last year. I cried but I was glad I went.
We left my town and drove up the coast to this shop that used to a farm stand when I was a kid and now has become pretty commercial. They sell their own veggies and meats and all of it is organic. I was stunned how much cheaper food is outside the city. Near me, a dozen farm fresh eggs are $5. Absurd, I know but at this farm $2.50. The whole bag we bought was $26 and I bought organic chicken and bacon. Whole foods near me that would have been $75. We both love farm animals so we walked around the farm and said hello to the llama, goats, mini horse, piglets and sheep. Truly I don't know why I love farm animals so much but I as long as I can remember.
The farm is near my mother's house and she had a bunch of house wares and stuff from when I was younger for me to pickup. She is selling her house and moving so there is a lot that I have to take back or it is going to Goodwill. It was fortuitous because now that I am getting serious into my food blog I needed items for staging the photos and did not want to spend a great deal of money. Worked in my favor. We had planned to head to a vineyard around the corner after that but since you are probably already tired from reading this you can imagine how tired we were. My mom lives 50 miles outside of Boston so we headed back home to the city.
I had decided earlier in the week that I wanted to start Christmas shopping early. We don't make a big deal of gift giving. Usually just one main gift and 2 smaller ones. Both of us like to give to charities year around instead of focusing on material stuff for ourselves once a year. I wanted a camera for blogging and he wanted a Northface jacket. I thought it would be a good idea to buy them now before the holiday shopping nonsense starts. Crowds are not my thing. I don't have the patience for it. RAVENSONG37 is an amazing photographer and she recommended a great camera for my purposes and I managed to find it on a special this weekend. Score! We grabbed his jacket and headed home for the day. Time never seems to be on our side on Saturday's.
For dinner I made the last of the organic pork chops from the farmers market with mashed sweet potatoes and rhutabega's and a sauce that I made of local cranberries, brown sugar, thyme and red wine. He loved it. The thyme just didn't thrill me combined with the cranberries but it was different than anything we normally make so I think the recipe has potential. ALOFA0509 had suggested to me to write a cookbook which she didn't know is a secret dream of mine. I decided to start with my blog and work on building the my recipe base for an eventual book. So from this point I will only be posting recipes on my other blog where I have the rights to them. Some will be quick and easy for the novice cook and full-time parents and workaholics. Some will be more involved for the weekend meal or something I saw in a restaurant or magazine.
This morning I met with guy who wants me to work at his new business. We went over the menu he wants me to create for him and the role he wants me to have in the business. Pretty much Operations Manager and Catering Sales. He gave me a surprisingly generous upfront payment and I like a lot of his ideas. I am hoping this turns into what I want it to be and will allow me the time to really focus on my blog in my spare time. Keep your fingers crossed!
Friday, October 28, 2011
I will admit it. You ready? I am addicted to the Farmer's Market. There, I said it out loud. There is something about the thrill of the hunt. The wonder of finding something new. The sites, sounds, colors and textures. The promise of new, exciting and healthy meal that I just need to pluck from the piles and head home to whip up. All of it local, organic, and delicious. I live all winter dreaming of the first weekend of June when it returns and I am upset any weekend I can not go. I missed one this whole season. Pretty good if I do say so myself!
Tomorrow is the final day. The day when I will buy several sugar pumpkins to use for my first canning adventure. I will hoard winter squash and anything that will last a few more months in my cupboard. One of my strange obsessions has always been preserving food. When I was small I remember staring in wonder at all the glass jars that lined my great grandmothers cellar stairs. Heirloom recipes of pickles, jams, chutneys and her famous piccalilli, all but lost to my generation. Somewhere inside me even then was a fledgling foodie determined to have jars of my own. I am reading a book on the process and my first foray into this new world will be organic pumpkin puree. At $2.50 a can around here I am determined to make my own with no added junk. Just healthy goodness.
I have thought all week about what I will do to fill the void that the market has left in my Saturdays and in my weekly menus. There is a local organics delivery service. A few times in the past I have be close to joining but always questioned if it was a waste. I think I will give it a try and see how it works out for us. Time is a factor for me. Getting to the store on a regular basis and being able to find fresh produce is difficult. The Farmers Market is just down the street and easily accessible. I will find a solution to being able to eat clean year around even in New England even if it means I spend a great deal of time next year preserving and hoarding. At least I will have some great photos for my other blog! www.simplytastefuleats.com Thanks to some fantastic advice from my girl RAVENSONG37 we are camera shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!!
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