Farmers’ market produce during the summer is my big thrill. Juicy grapes and blackberries, and figs. Figs! It was blazing hot, and by noon everything was wilting, but those figs were so plump and beautiful.
When Sundays come along, there’s a few things I have on my to-do list (and getting up early for crossfit or pilates ain’t one of them… so, no crossfit workout today, sorry). Sunday is my lazy day. I have to lift grocery bags full of fresh fruits and veggies instead.
Since today was over 10o°F degrees, no cooking (or thinking about cooking) was a possible option. What to eat, then? I poured an iced matcha tea (a glass of rosé too) and assembled all of the farmers’ market finds, et voila. I thought about making frosé (frozen rosé is way too easy to make) but it was seriously too hot to do anything (except lift the ice cube tray). So I used the ice cubes and made a light rosé refresher. I really wanted to have a picnic in the backyard garden under my orange tree. Perhaps dinner alfresco once it cools down.
Can we talk about juicy green olives for a minute?
So I bought stacks of containers full of hummus, olives, feta, and these giant Italian lupini beans marinated in tomato sauce from a lady at the Eliki olive oil stand. Those olives. Gorgeous green fleshy olives, meaty and salty and just too good. I ate them all.
A few kitchen and random notes:
- The 12″ round wooden board in the photo above is this one, and it’s great because it’s the perfect size for serving (me, with a pile of figs and olives) and my sweetheart, or a good way to put out a bunch of snacky things for the kids.
- I have had a mandoline for awhile and find the best ones at the Asian supermarkets, which, by the way, can be absolutely amazing for finding all kinds of fun things you never knew you needed. So far, I haven’t cut myself. I have developed a safety technique or using a fork (I lost the grip protector) to hold the veggies I’m slicing so I don’t slice my fingers. In the above case, I sliced the cucumber up and all went well. If you want to prep veggies, there are lots of cute slicers that help make your crudité platter so much prettier.
- I find fresh herbs, fruits, veggies and assorted produce from my local farmers’ market on Sundays, or I dash to Trader Joe’s for things when I can’t find it at the farmers’ market. Or if I can’t get to the farmers’ market. Envious of those people in Italy and France that always go to the open markets any day of the week. Anyway.
- The newly renovated Ralph’s market just went through an incredible transformation. I was absolutely gobsmacked because for a moment I thought I walked into the Whole Foods produce section. Dragonfruit was on display like it was all fancy gourmet hipster shopping. Therefore, friends, I have new feelings for Ralph’s. It’s gone from my go-to market on the side into a serious romance. It’s like the market version of a shy nerd in glasses that asks you out, but you always date the bad boys and say no, but then you finally say okay, and then the shy nerd suddenly goes from Clark Kent to Superman.
I’m not saying that my local farmers’ market is necessarily equivalent to a “bad boy” but perhaps it’s the one that you like more than he likes you. You’re always trying to see him, yet he doesn’t try as hard to see you. Trader Joe’s, while we’re on the subject, is quite dependable, but doesn’t do produce that well, but you still like him for trying.