Friday, August 27, 2010

The Out-Of-Towners

Today is Friday. August is almost over. Nice day yesterday, hopefully more to come as I'm not ready for it to be cold yet.

Started the day with some frozen blueberries and blackberries, as I didn't have time to go buy fresh yesterday, covered with organic granola and yogurt with a little flax oil. A nice hit of antioxidants is always a nice way to get going. Flax oil is a nice touch as it as various properties to promote a healthier body, if used properly (http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/flaxseed.htm). It is supposed to make your hair nice and silky too, if that floats your boat. Like anything, educate yourself before using it. You never know, it may not be right for you. Mrs. Urban Eater had the same. As a matter of fact, this was her idea. I used to have the same kind if thing all of the time years ago, but for some reason I just stopped doing it. Granola and yogurt are both quick, easy and healthy ingredients for breakfast as well, as long as your not celiac. Making your own granola is nice, but if I can buy organic for a decent price and let someone else do all the work, I'm good with that. The yogurt (I'm not going to try and make that) we buy is usually organic or is high in acidophilus. The low fat is a good idea, but if you have plans to make Butter Chicken or something with yogurt in it, you have to use 3% or higher as the low fat just doesn't work as well, if at all. Cooking is all about forward thinking. It's also about staying healthy.

Our little girl O, AKA Little Miss Urban Eater, had a little change up last night for supper. We opted out on the chicken with veggies for her and instead went with just veggies: carrots, sweet potato and zucchini with EVOO, sea salt, pepper, Italian parsley, rosemary and thyme. Dessert was a mix of apricot, papaya with half a fig mixed in. Yep, she likes figs. We finished the rest of them off after she went to bed by cutting them in half, shredding a little prosciutto over top and a little dab of Gorgonzola over that. Threw it in the oven under the broiler for 2 minutes. Done. If you have never tried figs, you don't know what you are missing. Very healthy (http://food-facts.suite101.com/article.cfm/fabulous_figs) and very tasty. A fellow asked me last week what a fig looked like, and I couldn't tell him really. The only thing I could think of was they look like a small pear kinda, sorta. Stumped me. They look like a fig, I guess. They are a natural fit with the prosciutto and blue cheese. A drizzle of aged or reduced balsamic vinegar is always helpful as well. O seems to have no issues with them and they seem to aid her little body in doing what it needs to do. The ones we get here usually come from California, but they are fairly numerous in Europe, usually around the Mediterranean and Adriatic areas. Don't ever walk past these without at least taking a look and considering a purchase.

This afternoon, my in-laws are coming to town. Nice people, always good visiting with them. They have to drive for about 8 hours or so to get here, so we have to feed them well, of course. Make work project for me. Gives the mom-in-law a chance to relax and visit with her daughter and granddaughter without having to worry about what's going on in the kitchen. It's always nice to take them to one of the many Farmers Markets in town. They are from a small city, so they don't get to see what we get to enjoy here very often. Farmers Markets are the best way to support your local produce farmers, buy organic or pesticide free items and help cut down your carbon footprint by buying local. There is a new one by our house. I have been there a couple of times now. Great selection, great quality. The big one in town is also a great place as it has more vendors and more selection. Oddly enough, they will be moving within 3 blocks of our house in January, so we can start walking there. We will be surrounded by farmers. Not a bad problem to have, if you like that sort of thing.

I was quite surprised they were as adventurous as they were when they started eating my food. They are pretty much meat and potatoes people, but when I started serving up salmon and asparagus poached in orange juice, they were pretty skeptical. Got 'em hooked now though! This weekend, I think we will venture forth with with eggs purgatory tomorrow morning (eggs poached on tomato sauce). Try this one sometime. Very filling, healthy and flavorful. Make your favorite tomato sauce (not buy, make) and just simmer the eggs over top on medium heat to your liking. The women both like the eggs well done, but us men like them a little runny, just enough to dip your toast in. Supper tonight will involve something from the garden. Zucchinis for sure, hopefully the flowers will still be growing and we can have deep fried zucchini flowers stuffed with a ricotta mixture. Awesome. We have 4 plants and they have been nothing short of spectacular this year. Couldn't keep up with the flower production. We've been giving zucchinis away like soup in a soup kitchen, non-stop. See the attached picture.
That's it for today. Breakfast time for little O.

Until next time, good eating everyone.

Mark

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