Thursday, June 11, 2009

Market to Table - June 11, 2009

Although I ate some of my usual all-local fare (pecans and fresh fruit, veggie stir fries, etc), I was having serious wheat flour cravings this week (usually I can skip the breads and it's no big deal). So I indulged...

Blueberry pancakes (vegan) - I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I ate pancakes, but as I was resting on the couch trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner one night, I swear I could hear the wheat flour and dried local blueberries calling to me from the other room. "Heather... In here...Hello?"

Right. So, being vegan, I don't eat eggs or dairy, so I had to get creative and did some major editing to a typical pancake recipe. Here's what I came up with:

Heather's Awesome and Totally Vegan Blueberry Pancakes
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (ground locally)
  • 1 tbs cinnamon sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tbs veggie oil
  • handful of dried blueberries (local berries that I dried myself)
Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add additional milk as needed for desired consistency. Place on warm (greased) griddle. Flip when bubbles start to form on top of pancake. Enjoy with your favorite syrup or jar of preserves!

Note: This only serves 1 person - lucky me! Feel free to double, triple, whatever and don't forget that pancakes freeze really well for a easy morning meal. Just save those plastic cereal liners to separate the pancakes in the freezer for easier retrieval.

Black bean dip on whole wheat crackers - Ok. A little more of that locally ground whole wheat flour for you. I haven't made these crackers since the last time I mentioned them on this blog (see recipe here). Again, the wheat flour is ground locally. The honey is also local. I topped the crackers with a homemade black bean dip and enjoyed a few fresh local plums on the side. Mmm, mmm! Right, so that bean dip:

Heather's Bean Dip
  • 1 medium tomato, diced (local - from the backyard)
  • 1 small onion, diced (local - also from the back yard)
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked
  • olive oil (farmers' market)
  • salt to taste
Smash the black beans up with a fork. Add the diced tomato and onion. Drizzle with olive oil and just a pinch of salt. Stir together and enjoy. Now wasn't that easy? And it tastes great on top of those homemade whole wheat crackers.

Pasta, salad, and corn on the cob - Here's one of Dave's meals this week. The egg noodles were from the farmers' market. Unfortunately, the sauce was not homemade (still working on a recipe for that so feel free to give me help). Complimenting the meal was steamed corn on the cob (farmers' market) and a green salad (lettuce and onion from the backyard; mushrooms local from the produce market, carrot from the farmers' market).

All I can say is that it was a really tasty week! And what's with this wheat craving? Who knows what it'll be next week. Stay tuned to find out. In the meantime, Happy (and mindful) eating!


Sam said...

I don't know why but everything looks especially delicious this week. I think I'm having pancakes this weekend...

Unknown said...

A little blueberry pancake goes a long way!

hmd said...

Beany - It tastes especially delicious this week too :) In fact, yesterday I ended up making a second round of whole wheat crackers and black bean dip. VERY tasty!

Molly - They really did hit the spot!

Notwasted said...

now I really really want bean dip. thanks for the recipe!

hmd said...

Notwasted - you're very welcome. Hope you enjoy it!

ttammylynn said... black beans are germinating so we could have local black beans if all goes well, lol. Is anyone else growing black beans? I honestly think they like the heat as the germination speed is way better than the black eyed peas I planted at the same time(and the other stuff, too, for that matter). Pumpkins and black beans both are coming up quickly, with watermelon, then cukes, then black eyed peas, then green beans with honeydew melons barely coming.
I want to put in some purple hull peas next... I just need to find a spot.
Lil Chris wants to do sunflowers, but his limited motivation means I will probably have to clear out a piece of flowerbed so he can plant them. He wants to grow and roast the seed for food. I have grown giant sunflowers before, they do well here, the massive blooms are beautiful, but the stalk of the flower is difficult to clear afterwards...anyhow...

hmd said...

Tammy - the only other person I know growing black beans is (as of this past week) me. I put in a couple squares of them a few days ago and am looking forward to seeing how well they grew.

Did you see the pumpkin at this morning's market? I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It just reminds me of fall and we are soooo far away from fall...

ttammylynn said...

No, I missed the pumpkin. I planted mine recently in the hopes of having viable pumpkins for falltime. I was actually thinking about canning or freezing some pumpkin puree for the holidays. I can't pressure can so I would need to use somebody's stove to do it if I go that route. All of the pumpkins I planted were sited as pie pumpkins that could be used as decorations, etc. Lately I've been microwaving butternut squash(after piercing holes) and have found that it makes a wonderful side dish, I am certain that a small pumpkin could do the same thing, for those of us who have our lazy moments in cooking, lol. Normally I would use the oven, but the past few days have been hot...too hot to turn on an oven. Today I need to utilize my steamer. I have a boatload of veggies--winter and yellow squash, zucchini, onion, peppers, purple hull peas, green beans(yellow, green and purple), spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cabbage, broccoli and more.I went to market needing nothing and came away with armloads of it is my duty and honor to use it all before I go back for more.
And, I want to visit the Wednesday market this week.
I'd like to pick a few more peaches and blueberries but I just don't know if that will happen. I've been working too much lately and my stress level has been at an all-time high.

hmd said...

Tammy - Mmm! Summer tastes good, doesn't it? You'll have to let me know how the Wednesday market goes. We have vendors there that don't come on Saturdays and since I've never been to the Wednesday market, I'm curious to hear how it is...