To Market and MakingPosted: May 17, 2009
Today was my first visit to the farmers market in downtown B-more. Before I left I had a quick breakfast of; zucchini bread toasted with tupelo honey, vanilla yogi with granola, wheat berries and banana. Oh and a cup of TJs breakie blend.
I dragged Nick along on my market adventure, and he ended up being a good sport about it :). Once there I wanted to take a tour around before buying anything. I was really curious to I see if anyone had homemade nut butters, considering how popular they have become. Unfortunately I only found honey, jams and salsa in jars. There were about equal parts farmers to food purveyors, which was interesting to me because the farmers markets I have been to is all about the uncooked (besides baked goods). The assortment of goods was mainly greens, strawberries, and some last root veggies. I ended up getting some free range (and I asked if they really were) chicken eggs, baby leaf lettuce and a goat cheese spread with ginger and honey in it. Nick got a Thai Tea, which we waited way too long for and he said was super sweet. Next time I would like to try some of the meat from the local farms they had mainly pork and chickens and I am sure beef will be coming in the later months. I learned last night that beef is a fall time meat. TreeBaltimore was giving away free trees to anyone who lived in the city, which I thought was neat-o! The vendor pic below is NUTS! All of the bins are filled with different assortments of nuts and mixes sold by the red and white cones.
After the market I came home and transplanted my giant growing herbs and peppers into their own pots (Boy were those roots suck together!). I just hope they survive the transplant! I then bit the bullet and tried to make homemade larabar-ish things. They went a little something like this: 6 dates, 8 figs, 1/4 cup mixed almonds, pistachios, cashews and macadamia nuts, 1tbs honey and a dash of cinnamon (that is all that would fit into my small food processor).
They are currently in large bar form in the freezer chillin. I figured them out to have about 190 cal each. Will let you know how they go!
Taking a break I wipped up some scrabbled eggs with dill, tomatoes and sharp cheddar. Side item a pear and another slice of zuc bread!
My next attempt was Tofu Chips. Well this was adventure. I made cinnomon, old bay, chili powder, garlic powder and no salt added italian seasoning.Lets just say that I still have some kinks to work out and watch out for air pockets! I had a few fly off the tray and burn at the bottom on the stove, yep fire alarm wet off…After the excitement I went for a 4.5 mile run followed by 10min yoga for core and 20 min calm yoga. After a shower I was starving! I knew I wanted to use the lettuce from the market and eat some of my salvaged tofu chips. I went with: the lights and most tender baby greens ever!, white beans, black beans, half a sweet potato, 1/4 cup white corn, cherry tomatoes and zuc. To dress it I made a plain yogurt with hot sauce, cumin, red chili pepper flakes, garlic powder and oregano. Side item: garlic powder and chili powder tofu chips! (I could not turn the pic grrr…you get the point though!)