Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend...ours went by too quickly, as usual. No oyster picking adventures this week, but my husband made some good progress on our chicken coop and I enjoyed my weekly shopping adventure at the farmer's market. Eating local has become very important to me over the past few years, so I've really fallen in love with Seattle's farmer's markets. I love shopping there, supporting our local farmers and building relationships with the people who grow, catch, harvest and produce my food.
One of my favorite things about shopping at the farmer's market is finding unusual ingredients and then asking the vendors about their favorite ways to prepare them. This week I scored a pile of fresh, local, spring edibles that I've never cooked with before and had a blast planning my menus for the week.
My go-to sources for recipes online are usually Pinterest, Foodgawker and All Recipes. I'm a sucker for the food porn photos on Pinterest and Foodgawker, but I really like the ratings system and comments on All Recipes. Between those three sites, I came up with this amazing menu plan for the week featuring all the farmer's market goodies I picked up:
MONDAY :: spot prawn | rainbow radish | fiddlehead fern
This gorgeous recipe comes from Gourmet Fury and features three of the ingredients I picked up at the market: Hama Hama spot prawns, rainbow radishes and foraged fiddlehead ferns. (I was lucky to get the prawns from Dan The Oyster Man at the Hama Hama Oyster Co. booth...he had sold almost his entire allotment for the weekend and it was only Saturay morning.) The fiddleheads came from one of my favorite booths...Foraged and Found Edibles. Even their signage is amazing!
As an added bonus, I'm going to toss in a few sauteed morel mushrooms we found growing in our back yard. I know! Lucky us!
TUESDAY :: wood sorrel
One of my favorite farmer's market treasures this week was a gorgeous bag of wood sorrel that I picked up from Foraged and Found Edibles. It looks like shamrocks and has a bright lemony flavor. I was excited when I found this recipe from The Vintage Mixer because it uses a fair amount of sorrel. Many wood sorrel recipes I've found only call for a handful of leaves, but I've got a whole bag to use up. I believe she's using a different variety of sorrel than what I have, but I'm going to try it anyway. I picked up a nice bag of local organic Yukon Gold potatoes this morning and will serve this with warm crusty bread and butter.
WEDNESDAY :: mizuna
I've been hearing a lot about mizuna lately, but have never used it in my cooking. I found a few bunches of both regular and red mizuna at the market, so I bought one of each. This recipe from Burp! looks so simple and fresh. Look at that green! My husband and I both love traditional pesto, but haven't spread our wings to try any new variations...looking forward to this one!
THURSDAY :: salmon | rhubarb
I love Strawberry-Rhubarb pie as much as the next person, but there's only so much pie a gal can eat. (Full disclosure: I once ate an entire strawberry-rhubarb pie by myself during a rare break in my morning sickness while pregnant with my daughter!) But back to the story...I bought some rhubarb from Stony Plains this week hoping to find a way to work it into a sweet and savory entree.
The recipe I found from Food & Wine fit the bill perfectly...especially since I had also purchsed a nice piece of salmon from Seattle's own Loki Fish Co. My only regret is that my own peas aren't big enough to sacrifice a few shoots for the topping. Guess I'll have to make this again later in the spring. (wink.) As a side to this dish, I'll be sauteeing up some rapini that I also picked up at the market. I love it in quiche, but this week it shall stand alone.
FRIDAY :: take-out
Friday night is not usually a cooking night for me. Happy hour happens with our friends down the street and we take turns springing for take-out. Gotta love Fridays!
WEEKEND :: stinging nettles | red mizuna
Weekends are tricky for meal planning around here. We never seem to know what we'll be doing and with weather as flaky as it is in the northwest, we jump on the sun whenever it shines...leaving no desire to be in the kitchen. As a result, I've been trying to plan ahead to make quiches, casseroles, etc. that can just be popped in the over for a quick and easy weekend meal. This plan also helps me extend the life of tender greens from the market and is giving me lots of ideas for how to use up all the eggs our chicks will soon be laying!
This week I'll be making two:
This quiche from Babyccino Kids is super easy and sounds d'lish. I'll be skipping the puffed pastry and using whole wheat pie shells from my freezer. I've never cooked with stinging nettles, but have been told that with gloves or tongs, I should be able to escape the stinging part...once they are cooked, they are harmless. We'll see...
We're pretty much obsessed with bacon around here, so I'm very excited to try this recipe from The Paelo Periodical. I'll be using the red mizuna I picked up at the market, so I'm hoping it will add a nice splash of color to the dish.
So that's the week. What do you think? Got a favorite recipe for spring edibles? I'd love to hear about it, so please feel free to leave some comments. I'll shoot out some photos and recipe feedback throughout the week, so feel free to follow me on Facebook or Twitter for the extras. :)