Thursday, April 23, 2009

Market to Table - April 23, 2009

It was a pretty routine week in food here at SGF. Each day started off with some of those gorgeous strawberries Dave and I picked last Sunday. Lunches meant more of my favorite: all-local stir fried veggies with either wheat berries or rice (which are also both local). It was at dinner that I tried a little something new this week. I had been craving potato salad lately, and well, let's just get right to it...

Vegan Potato Salad - As you may remember from my lastest Vegan Adventures post, I had my little heart set on potato salad. So at the farmers' market last week, I was sure to pick up some of those wonderful potatoes from the Vaughns - one huge white potato and lots of medium sized red potatoes. All I did was wash them, cut them up into  bite sized pieces, and steam them in my steamer for about 30 minutes. Once they cooled, I added some chopped onion (local) and my first attempt at vegan mayo (Bryanna's Tofu Mayo). I'm not totally sold on the tofu mayo, but the wonderful commenters over at McDougalling with Chile and Friends were nice enough to give me a whole list of mayonnaise substitutes to try. Guess that means more potato salad in my future. Mmmm! Not a problem!

Stir Fry Veggies and Wheat Berries - More of my "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" stir fries for lunches this week. I toggle back and forth between local rice and local wheat berries, but the veggie goodness is always a constant. This week's featured stir fry was all local (well, except for the salt) with kohlrabi, carrots, onion, and olive oil from the farmers' market; bok choy from a friend's garden; and mushrooms from Madisonville (about 40 miles away). Don't be shy. Just pull out whatever you have in the fridge that sounds good, chop, toss in a frying pan with a little salt and olive oil, and enjoy the best stir fry ever!

As for the rest of the family, Dave enjoyed the local steamed carrots I made him to go along with the homemade mac and cheese (not local) as well as some local fried eggs with toast from my homemade bread (wheat and honey from the farmers' market); and Kelsey has been nibbling on the puppy cookies I got for her from the farmers' market a couple weeks ago. I think those puppy cookies will be back on the shopping list this week. She LOVES them!

I'm just about out of veggies in the fridge and looking forward to another farmers' market trip this weekend. I hope to see you locals there and hope that everyone else has a farmers' market nearby. Mmm, mmm! Once you discover the wonderful world of local food, eating is never quite the same.

Happy (and mindful) eating!

7 comments:

Seraphim said...

Mmm potato salad. Sounds like a good idea, I like mine with spring onions and sweet corn kernels in.

Looks like you had a mindfully munchy week as always, well done! (And yum...)

- Sera

Heather @ SGF said...

Sera - ooh! The corn sounds great. I didn't get to can any last year. I'll be prepared for sure this year!

Beany said...

I was wondering if you'd try anna banana's suggestion as I liked her suggestion the best. Then again it wasn't quite the American potato salad.

Beany said...

Just read that Lola at Vegan Yum Yum has potato salad two ways

Heather @ SGF said...

Beany - The more I think about it... If I'm going to cheat on the whole local thing, I'm SO going to try the mashed avocado next as a sub for mayo. As much as I love avocado... Mmmm! They look like great recipes though! If I don't have any luck, I'll try one of these. Thanks!

Kerry said...

Good looking eats! I love reading what other people are doing with their farmer's market finds.

This post would be great for the Farmer's Market Report. I hope you'll consider submitting it! http://toeverymeal.blogspot.com/2009/04/farmers-market-report-april-27th.html

Heather @ SGF said...

Kerry - Thanks! Monday's post is probably more applicable to what you're doing though...