Rhubarb grows like a weed but hardly anyone keeps it on their land because it is a bit of an eyesore. It is however, one of my favorite flavors of springtime! Strawberry rhubarb is my second favorite pie flavor behind pumpkin. Given my shortage of butter and oats I was stuck looking up some recipes for my rhubarb. I found a cake recipe on a Rhubarb website (yes there are entire sites dedicated to the stuff) that did not involve butter or oil, so I was sold. I cut down the sugar and made it half whole wheat. I also used pecans instead of walnuts because I am allergic, and I have a big bag of pecans on hand. Lastly I added some lemon zest to the batter because it really helps to bring out the flavor of rhubarb.
This was delicious! The cinnamon, pecans and rhubarb really came out in this. I had some rhubarb leftover after making my cake so I whipped up a quick compote to slather on top of my oatmeal and toast.
Just boiled sliced rhubarb, a little water and a little sugar. I might need to figure out how to get one of these growing at our non-existent future house!
Farm eggs, ramps, asparagus, and cut flowers. Sissy inspected and approved.
I am a day late with Farmers Market Tuesday (now Wednesday!). I got home from yoga late last night and all I wanted to do was eat some dinner and go to sleep.
The pickin’s are getting slim at the market and I will miss summer produce, but one surprise I found was a huge bunch of cilantro (root and all)! I really wanted it but one person cannot eat 3 cups of cilantro before it goes bad. I opted for making cilantro pesto!
I wanted it to be semi-thick because I want to use it on bread. I also do not have pine nuts because they are super expensive.
Simple Cilantro Pesto
- 2 cups cilantro
- 1/4 cup pecans
- EVOO to your thickness taste
- juice of 1/2 one lemon
- 1/2 jalapeno
- pinch salt
I cannot believe from 2 cups of cilantro I only got 1/2 cup of pesto! I guess that is why the stuff is kind of expensive.
What would you use cilantro pesto on?
p.s. I am never cooking rice on the stove top again…my new rice maker we got as a wedding gift is amazing!
I am going to make this addition of Farmers Market Tuesday short because I have been up since 4:45AM and to Lancaster and back. I know lasts week’s was short but we are in wedding crunch time and things are cray cray in crunch time.
If you have not enjoyed a summer peach or stone fruit, get on it. They are leaving soon and it is sad. The week of rain we just had killed a lot of the tomatoes too, so get on those too.
One peach and one nectarine. Fuzz vs. no fuzz.
Nectarine = winner!!!
Besides hitting up the farmers market, I checked on our growing wedding flowers, had my final walk through at Rock Ford (which got me flusters because there were so many details coming at me fast…), 2+ hour in the car annnnnd my final hair cut and color!
I also threw in a 6:30AM yoga class just because I was already awake so why not?
Final sprit woot woot!!
Just stopping in for a quick Farmer’s Market Tuesday!
Can you guess what this is?
It is used in a lot of Asian dishes and has great medicinal properties such as a digestive aid.
It is fresh ginger!!! I had never seen this stuff before so I had to grab some. I didn’t have time to make anything super special with it so I just grated a little bit over my soup last night. It has an amazing fresh taste to it and is not as concentrated as its brown scabbed over ginger cousin.
The Farmer’s Market is a place to find more than just veggies. I also get meat, eggs, scones and today I happened to pick up some flowers for my Farmer’s Market Tuesday post.
Nick and I dined outside with my zinnias in one of the glass bottles I have picked up for the wedding. Now, I usually do not buy flowers or plant them because I think you should get something out of things you buy or plant. My mother would disagree with my on this point saying that they bring you beauty and happiness. I told her she could be my gardener.
These flower; however, are special because they are from a farm that is run based on horticulture physical therapy. The growing of these flowers has another purpose than to be gorgeous! Plus they are only 50 cents each.
Almost wedding color!
It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Farmers Market Tuesday!
Today we have lemon cucumber!
Another difference is the seed structure. Here we have 5 wells instead of one solid seed bore.
They still make you burp!
What is your favorite way to eat a cucumber? Have you tried lemon cucumbers???
Today is Farmer’s Market Tuesday!
I was going to make some white bean beet burgers but I guess the fates had other plans for me when then stuck this screw in my tire on my drive to work.
When I came out to my car my back tire was totally flat. At least it happened in the parking lot and not in the ghetto that I drive through every day, otherwise my first call would have been to the police not to AAA. About 45min later my spare was on and I was on my way. Thank goodness for AAA! Seriously worth it, thank you momma beans!
Probably the most stressful thing about the tire was that I might not make it to the Farmers Market! Thankfully I got there and I was able to score some awesome apricots or apies as I used to call them when I was a kid.
I love fresh apricots because of their mild flavor and easy popability.
If you can get your hands on some this season, I highly suggest you do because they are so much different than their dried cousin.
Want a hair preview???
Ha! I am cruel and trying to keep some things secret!
Super exciting engagement/wedding celebration party with my CT family this weekend! AND Katherine my MOH will be there!!!!!!
Have you ever seen purple okra?
Well I hadn’t until I went to the farmers market today.
Obviously I was game!
When I asked the farmer what they tasted like she said she wasn’t sure they were the first purple crop ever and they were just picked last night…give them to me anyway. I honestly don’t have many veggies I don’t like…radishes? It looks the same on the inside.
Guess what happens when you cook it!
I served my okra stars with onions, tempeh, S&P, EVOO and balsamic.
Okra is furry.
Have you ever had purple okra? Did you notice a difference? I did not, it was just as delicious!
This morning was my last trip to the Fells Point Farmers market. Not that big of a deal because there are some out where we are moving. There was a new vendor today!
I decided to make my favorite breakfast – french toast. Two slices of multi-grain bread dipped in almond milk, egg whites, vanilla, almond extra, flax, cinnamon and nutmeg. Topped with Naturally Nutty vanilla almond butter blueberries and banana.
Time to clean, organize and get a Goodwill bag together. The best part of moving is seriously purging!
Got to get started!
Yes, Saturday morning!