This afternoon I harvested the first green beans from the garden. Just the thing to add to the potato salad a planned to make for dinner with new potatoes I picked up from the CSA on Saturday. As I stood there watering the garden I decided it was time to finally open the can of smoked trout I bought at Trader Joe’s a few months ago and didn’t know what to do with. Next time you go to Trader Joe’s pick up a few cans of smoked trout. Then you can make this delicious (if not very photogenic) salad, which is the perfect thing to eat for dinner on a 90 degree day.
Boil some halved or quartered new potatoes. I was surprised to find that mine were bright pink all the way through. During the last minute or so of cooking throw in a handful or two of green beans.
While the potatoes are cooking make a little vinaigrette with some white wine vinegar, grainy mustard, olive oil and salt and pepper. And maybe a little squeeze of lemon.
When the potatoes are tender but not mushy and the green beans are bright green but still a little crunchy drain them and run them under cold water for a minute or two. Toss the potatoes and beans with the vinaigrette and put them in the fridge for a little while to cool off a bit.
Meanwhile, finely chop a handful of chives and parsley and little lemon zest. When the potatoes have cooled down to more or less room temperature, drain a can of smoked trout and add it to the salad. Sprinkle the chopped herbs and zest over the top.
Last week I went out to San Francisco to visit some friends and Teddy, Stella and Vicent and I took a weekend camping trip to Bodega Bay. We arrived at our ocean front campsite Friday night just in time to pitch our tents and watch the sun set over the Pacific. We built a fire and made a simple dinner of sausages and corn on the cob with s’mores for dessert. Continue reading →
Last week I kept thinking about dumplings (of the filled pasta variety, not the doughy blob variety). Then as I walked around the farmers market smelling the bunch of ramps in my tote bag I started thinking about how delicious they would be mashed with the potatoes that were also in my bag. On my way home I stopped into the grocery store to pick up a few things and the packages of delicious Brooklyn-made pierogies caught my eye. I thought about buying them but then quickly remembered the bag of potatoes I was already walking around with and thought better of it. That was really enough potatoes for one week.
It wasn’t till half an hour later that I put all these thoughts together. I could make my own pierogies filled with my mashed potatoes and ramps! I really didn’t know the first thing about making pierogies but the fact that I am mistaken for a native speaker of Polish every time I set foot in Greenpoint gave me just enough confidence to proceed.Continue reading →
For some reason I thought that ramp season only lasted a couple of weeks so I was very excited to see that there were still lots of them at the market today. I have big plans for this bunch and the potatoes. I got some arugula and mustard greens, which are among my favorite foods lately. And a bottle of milk and a dozen eggs, three of which broke when I dropped my bag on the subway coming home. Better the eggs than the jar of precious maple syrup, which cost every last dollar I had.
I didn’t think I’d make it down to the farmers market this week, but I was able to get down there late Saturday afternoon. When I got to Union Square it was so jammed with people that I nearly turned around and went home again. But I braved the crowds and was rewarded with something that only comes around once a year– ramps! Ramps are a wild member of the onion family with a delicious garlicky flavor.
I got some pheasant eggs, which are about half the size of a chicken egg. The shells are brown on the outside and blue on the inside. They’re very nice hardboiled and added to a salad. I got some delicious spicy micro greens and some arugula, some chevre, a sourdough baguette, and a handful of fingerling potatoes. And I got basil and spearmint and rosemary plants, which are now repotted and lined up on my windowsill along with the parsley and thyme I got a few weeks ago.
It seems that I always get more or less the same things at the farmers market. Soon things will get more interesting. This week I came home with some milk which I’m going to use to make some rice pudding, I think. And some arugula and crimini mushrooms and some teeny, tiny potatoes. Some are smaller than your fingernail. Some are pink and some are purple. They’re just adorable. And some delicious Cato Corner Bloomsday cheese. Also I got some shallots and onions, but I forgot them in the bottom of my bag and by the time I found them I had already eaten half the cheese.
There’s been a little bit of a shake-up at the Union Square Green Market. Apparently they’re starting some construction on the park, so the market has been moved form the north side to the south side. Some of the farmers are a little cranky about their new spots I think. Nobody knew where to find their favorite stalls. The “artists” who used to sell their tourist shlock on the south side have been displaced and were half heartedly protesting. I can’t say I’ll miss them. I was a little disoriented at first but I think the new space is ok.