Monday Musings 07.15.2013 Edition July 15, 2013Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
Another market week! I so love our public market in the summer – more and more, I’m finding nice, local produce, and, after a few years, we get to know the vendors well enough that we know who the local farmers are, where they’re from, and whose stuff may be worth an fifty cents. . .
Now if I could only get moving early enough to get a decent parking spot!
I finally got a chance to get out to the garden the other evening – it wasn’t raining, and it wasn’t a million degrees out – and I found that, even without my supervision, the beans (not to mention the weeds!) had carried on just fine without me.
And by completely full, I mean I picked 3 and 1/4 pounds – so we (of course) had fresh beans for dinner. And we dropped some off for Peeps’s mom. And I took some to work to share. AND I still had a bunch left for the freezer.
For the first time EVER – there was a local vendor at the public market who is an importer of truffles.
The kind they use pigs to find – THOSE truffles. (Though these guys are from Italy and I think they use dogs.)
Since it’s something I’ve never tried before, I splurged and bought an ounce – any thoughts?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. Boy, I guess when summer is here, it’s here, huh? We’ve got yet another week of “steamy” weather – warm and humid, more pop-up thunderstorms, and even higher temperatures – oh. . . yippee!
Monday – Well, it looks like salmon season is starting – our supermarket had wild Alaskan coho salmon this week. I’ve never had coho salmon, but we were so happy with the wild sockeye salmon last year that we had to give it a try! We’ll keep it simple – probably just grilled, along with some simple grain – brown rice or barley, plus (guess what!) green beans!
Tuesday – A few weeks ago, we made a batch of souvlaki, but, since there are only the two of us, we put half the marinated meat in the freezer, which we’ll enjoy with some fresh pita, probably some grilled potatoes, and some veggie – salad, green beans, leftover beets, or some sauteed kale from the freezer. Decisions,decisions!
Wednesday – Finally – I found fresh shelled sweet peas at the market – life is just too short to spend it shelling peas! I am more than happy to pay an extra buck for the luxury of already-shelled peas! Peeps reminded me that we had a small lamb roast in the freezer, which will be lovely rubbed with some sort of herby rub – say. . . mint, rosemary and marjoram (all from the garden) – then slowly grilled over charcoal. Add some baby potatoes, and, well, you get the picture. And believe me, we’ll make sure we’ve got leftovers, too!
Thursday – Two of the most popular things I’ve seen to do with those truffles are to shave over scrambled eggs or over pasta or risotto. Well, I just wasn’t feeling “breakfast for dinner” – y, so we decided to go with a pot of basic risotto (using the pressure cooker – natch!). But then Peeps mentioned that there’s a last pound of ravioli in the freezer, so we may go with that. I guess we’ll what we’re more in the mood for. Either way, it’ll have salad alongside it.
Friday – And here it is again, pizza night. And again, I think the choice will be between salami and cheese or fresh herbs and cheese. I can’t wait for my own tomatoes!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.