Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Pears are perfect just as they are; when fully ripened, they are sweet, juicy, and full of fiber. But ever since I made the recipe for Caramelized Apples with Almond Topping this past fall, I've been waiting to do the same with pears. Instead of cooking all sides of the fruit as I did with the apples, I found that caramelizing only the cut side leaves the rest of the fruit somewhat crunchy but still maintains a soft center. Cream topping optional.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
4 to 6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
There are may aspects of the Minneapolis farmer's market that I enjoy. The variety, of course. Stall after stall of fresh sweet corn, juicy heirloom tomatoes, and all manner and shades of greens and herbs. My first experience in an American farmers market was not here but in St Joseph, Minnesota where I attended college. A little background: this was a small college town with a couple bars, couple churches, one coffee shop and one grocery so you can guess that the options for fresh produce were minimal. Until summer came around and the farmers came out. It was as though I was tasting fresh food again for the first time. The Minneapolis version is like that for me but on a much larger scale. There is always something new and interesting to try and, consequently, some new inspiration. Last weekend, it was yellow string beans. (See recipe below for Yellow Bean Coconut Soup.)
Oddly enough, it is the size of the market that also attracts me. The sheer volume of people who throng the Lyndale location is unlike much of the city during the rest of the year, with the exception of the State Fair. Saturday morning crowds turn that part of town into a scene more characteristic to uber metropolises like New York City and Los Angeles. Maybe it's the fact that for most of the year nothing comes close to the the noise and outdoor energy that I just savor the congestion while it's here. Or the the notion that everyone there, at that one moment, is connected by the same purpose: searching our wholesome food, for themselves or to feed their families.
There are many more reasons we should try to eat locally, especially during the summer when it's more convenient. My feeling is that, more than anything, it bridges the gap between producers and consumers by allowing for direct contact between the two. These farmers bring high quality, wholesome, fresh foods to an area or population that otherwise would have had to pay more than almost twice the price in conventional grocery stores. Of course for many people, including myself, it is not always convenient to shop locally but when there's all of that fresh food and endless variety just a quick three and a half miles away, I just can't help myself.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
What is the last film you saw?
Your favorite series?
I'm a LOST junkie! It's the first series I actually followed from season one and I'm still hooked. Also watch Law and Order, CSI and anything interesting on Discovery and National Geographic.
What kind of breakfast do you have usually?
It depends on whether I'm eating alone or with my husband. Alone: some sort of cereal. With my husband: pancakes and omelette, or a traditional Trinidadian breakfast.
Which kind of food can't you stand?
Badgley Mischka, Cache, Banana Republic, BCBG, Adidas.
If you could take the aeroplane to go somewhere, where would you go?
Tough one...Hawaii or Tahiti.
Hawaii. I could seriously spend my days snorkeling, hiking the Na Pali cliffs, and eating fresh seafood.
My last: my father and youngest sister had visited; I hadn't seen them in more than three years.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee! I started drinking coffee in college to stay up to study. Now, it seems I cannot start my day without a cup. Nothing fancy, just regular coffee; I grind my own beans though. I do have tea on most evenings.
My sister Nancy in Toronto. We speak to each other almost everyday.
Sweet or savory?
Sweet! My sweet tooth is going to be the end of me.
The day of the week you prefer?
Wednesday night because LOST is on!