My love for ginger is getting out of control. It’s been going on for weeks, and I blame the Hungry, Hungry, Hippie. I went to pick up a bottle of white wine at the liquor store this weekend, and when I wandered over the the vodka section, I noticed that Absolute made one of their city named vodkas (Brooklyn) a permanent flavor called Orient Apple. It’s ginger-apple flavored. EEEE! Ginger spritzer, crystallized ginger, ginger-apple vodka and a splash of lemon juice make an amazing drink.
I couldn’t resist this giant local watermelon. Even though the seedless variety was cheaper, I had to go for the real thing. This baby was only $4 and I’ll be eating watermelon all week, so that’s $4 well spent. Random plug: East Nashville! We have a daily farmer’s market at 5 points now, close to Marche and across from Three Crow. They are there from 11-8 EVERY DAY.
I wanted to make kale chips this weekend. I had a giant bunch of purple kale, so at the East Nash farmer’s market, I picked up a purple/ivory bell pepper to make cheezey sauce for the kale chips. While I normally like the recipe I used, this was too…bell peppery for me and I’m probably going to throw away $7 worth of ingredients-not including the kale that ended up smelling super funky. so yeah. Wasted ingredients unless someone in East Nasty wants to come grab this.
Cashews, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt, sambal olek, and an heirloom bell pepper. I should’ve left the bell pepper out and added garlic!!
My husband loves okra, and it’s not in season for very long. It’s also quite expensive. Every downtown farmer’s market merchant was selling okra for $4/lb yesterday except for one. I paid $2.75/lb and hooked the hubby up. I’ll fry a little bit of this in just cornmeal for him, but the rest is going in jambalaya. I told you, I like spicy food when it’s hot!
I only spent $14 at the big Farmer’s Market yesterday. I cleaned up pretty nicely. I got the above okra, still dirty red potatoes, sweet potatoes, 4 peaches, 3 bulbs of garlic, a giant 1 lb cherokee purple tomato, 3/4 lb of purple hull peas, a vidalia onion, and two nice sized eggplants. I’ve been given so much zucchini this year that I haven’t bought very much. I’m actually quite sick of zucchini and I used to not understand people who said that…but I’ve reached that point. Now if I only had the same problem with basil…
And lastly, something my mom bought me the Smoky Mountains back in April, some good old southern grits from The Old Mill. These bad boys are getting cooked up with mimic cream and daiya pepperjack if I can find it. Tempeh bacon and Greens will likely be involved in this dish. I’ll share the recipe when I make this dish.
How was your weekend readers?
I also made some gingerbread waffles with walnuts and chocolate chips and topped them with a gingered almond butter/coconut cream sauce. I’ll share the glorious photographs of my new sauce as well as the details about how it came together tomorrow!