Monday Musings: 06.04.2012 Edition June 4, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, meal plan monday, Musings, random stuff.
Tags: garden, menu plan monday, public market, rochester public market
As you can tell, this was a market weekend, and, well, lots of stuff is coming into season.
I do love in-season stuff, don’t you?
I mean, how can I choose among green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, or Boston bibb?
And how can a girl pass up fresh spring onions – or spinach? Or Swiss chard? Or the beautiful escarole? What may be the last of the season’s asparagus?
Now do you see why I only go to the public market every OTHER weekend?
Say, has anyone been watching the BBC series Sherlock on PBS? This season’s THREE episodes are available to watch online at PBS, and I’m told the first season (all three episodes) are on Netflix. Also, if you’re at all familiar with the lore, I don’t think Season 1 is really necessary to enjoy Season 2, just so you know.
While we’re generally not huge fans of “adaptations” – Sherlock Holmes lived in the 19th century, and that’s where he belongs, darn it! – even Peeps has to admit that this program is extraordinarily well done.
Watson, wounded in “the war” is now a blogger, Mrs. Hudson is still fussing over the men, and Sherlock, well, he’s delightfully brilliant and snarky, just as he should be.
The Kitty was on the job, supervising all the lettuce- and other greens-washing I spent a couple of hours over when I got home Saturday.
I even offered her a piece of lettuce while she was there, but, not surprisingly, she wasn’t terribly interested.
Darn cat just doesn’t know what’s good for her, that’s all.
Right on schedule, just as the ramps wrapped up for the season, I started seeing scapes on the garlic – last year we let them go too long, and they were sort of tough AND the garlic was stunted. This year, we cut those suckers off the minute we saw them – they’ll be tender and garlicky in some mashed potatoes, and, hopefully, our bulbs under the ground will continue to grow!
Thanks to the mild spring, the daily watering (and recent rains) and the beautiful warm weather we’ve been enjoying, the garden is quite happy – there is kale up in the background, and the two rows of green beans, which, honestly, you can almost hear growing!
I’ve left an empty row – once the beans are established, I’ll put in one later row, for my later summer picking enjoyment.
What’s not in the photo are the wee little beet sprouts, the new lettuce plants I put in to replace the seeds that some nasty cat dug up, or the blossoming tomato plants.
I do love my garden!
So, remember all the greens I picked up?
Yeah, you know, it’s funny how, once you get them washed and cut up and stuffed into bags, they all look remarkably similar, don’t they?
Yes, I know it’s better not to wash them until I’m ready to use them, but I also know that, if they’re not washed and ready, I’m less inclined to want to use them at all.
Anyway, I solved the problem of “which one is the Swiss chard and which is the spinach” by simply labeling the bags. I wrote on a piece of blue painter’s tape and stuck each label on its respective tape – the tape will stay put in the cold, damp refrigerator, and it’ll peel right off when I’m done with it, so I don’t end up with a mis-named zip-top bag.
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. June notwithstanding, we’re looking forward to a cool, rainy week.
But hey, at least I don’t have to remember to water the garden, right?
Monday – Our supermarket has whole chickens on sale this week, and, honestly, I am just a sucker for roasted chicken. I mean, how can we go wrong? On top of that, the potato lady at the market gave me the ABSOLUTE LAST of her fingerling potatoes – I’m talking, these were a handful of random potatoes that were mixed in with the regular spuds – since I’m a “regular” and all, she kindly said to just take them. Which means, of COURSE we’ve got to roast our chicken along with the fingerlings – for the potato lady! Plus, we’ll be enjoying some sort of green thing – probably asparagus, since the clock is ticking the fastest on that.
Tuesday – We were going through a folder full of recipes, when Peeps stumbled upon this Halibut with Mustard-Nut Crust – another supermarket has shark steaks on sale, which we’ll use instead of halibut. Again with a selection of greens, and this time probably rice. Maybe even brown rice.
Wednesday – A while ago, I was in Niblack Foods and picked up a bag of buckwheat groats. I had no idea what to actually DO with them, but I like to pick up various grains when I see them – this is the only place in town I can find a lot of that sort of stuff. ANYWAY, I did a little research and found that buckwheat groats are used in Kasha Varnishkes – which neither of us has ever had but are both more than willing to try. Plus, I’ll bet it’ll make an excellent breakfast the next day!
Thursday – We don’t expect the Boy to be back from his vacation until late Thursday night, so we wanted something that he would enjoy if he’s hungry and wouldn’t mind reheating (or not) – so how about meat loaf? Not just any meat loaf, though – Sicilian meat roll has been a favorite since my mother made it when I was a little girl – right out of the original BH&G! Along with it, we’ll have a version of these slow-cooker mashed potatoes and, most likely, a nice salad. Or collards. Or, well, something green anyway.
Friday – Not sure what I’ll do with my pizza for pizza night – last week, Peeps spread some leftover barbecued pork on my pie, along with a goodly amount of cheese, and that was definitely tasty. Maybe this week I’ll simply raid the herb garden and be done with it (yay, fresh herbs!). Or we should have some leftover chicken that’ll be good. I guess we’ll see Friday, huh?
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.