Friday, August 11, 2006

Farmer’s Market Friday

Pretty uneventful week so I’ve been pretty quiet around here. Just work and commute and gym and more work stuff and blah, blah, boring. No wonder produce shopping is the highlight of my week. I got lots at the market today. I could have bought more, but I can only lug so much back to my office.

1 cantaloupe
3 ripe tomatoes on the vine
1 eggplant
3 squashes of a variety I’ve never tried before (mysteriously labeled “white squash”)
1 bag mixed onions
1 bunch asparagus
2 ears corn
1 lb string beans
1 Haas avocado
2 yellow nectarines
2 white nectarines
1 bag mixed bell peppers
1 bunch carrots
Total: $15

I got my shipment from Robert’s American Gourmet this week. I’ve heard such wonderful things about their Pirate’s Booty and other assorted snack foods that I ordered one of these nifty samplers. I paid no shipping yay! I must say the caramel Booty was very good, it’s all gone now. I also received my order from The Better Health Store. I was somewhat less satisfied with the customer service from this place, some of the items I ordered were out of stock so they just sent me an e-mail saying they canceled part of my order. I did get my first bottles of KAL stevia and Bragg’s (which leaked a bit) so I’m pretty excited about that. I also got this product for my dog called “anxiety free” with St. John’s Wort and valerian and some other stuff. I keep hoping there is going to be this magic thing that makes him not crazy so I keep trying, but really after everything we’ve tried I go in with low expectations. If valium didn’t work I don’t see why valerian would, but I try anyway because maybe I am also a little bit of the crazy too.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Blogger Vicki said...

i'm a big pirates' booty fan...soo good. and score on the farmer's market run -- what's the eggplant plan? i'm kinda afraid of that vegetable for some reason...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

Finally someone besides me who's kind of afraid of eggplant! I'd love to hear what you wind up doing with all of that fresh produce. I'm going to our farmer's market tomorrow and I can't wait. I don't get to go often cause it's so far away and I'm just giddy with anticipation.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Your farmer's market is so great..

Can't wait to hear what you do with your score.

I love KAL Stevia.. it says that 1 tsp= 1 cup of sugar, but I find that is actually way too sweet. I start with 1/2 cup stevia for 1 cup of sugar and add by the 1/8 tsp.

We make KoolAid with it all the time using 1/2 tsp to 2 quarts of water. If you use too much it is bitter and gross.. so don't give up if you first few tries with it are weird..

10:28 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Good bye chemical sweeteners, hello KAL. You now join the ranks of KAL stevia users, congratualtions. You know have the power to sweeten things naturally without sugar or calories.

Good looking market produce! I did a weird oven broil thing with my eggplant last week and we liked it pretty good. I laid t on a black cookie sheet, broiled it at 500 for 5 minutes. Topped with thick and chucky spaghetti sauce, broiled 3 minutes, added soy mozzarella and broiled 2 more. It was pretty good to me.

1:00 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

please please pleeaaasee
go to the tofu festival in LA this weekend and post ALL about it. I am!
I just got home and i HIGHLY recomend it. It's in little Tokyo and tomorrow Iron Chef Morimoto will be there! I was so sad I missed him


9:41 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Hi Shan, love your booty from the Farmer's Market there, very awesome!! Will be interested in how the squashes wrk out. Haven't had caramel Booty but have seen it at the store!

Let me (us) know how you do with the KAL stevia! I have stevia at home but haven't really used it very much.

Best with the St. John's Wort/Valerian combo for your dog. I sure do hope it helps out!

Hope your weekend is going great!!

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Glitter/Aleka said...

Pirate booty. The name alone just makes me laugh my ass off

1:21 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I **LOVE** Pirate Booty (and not just Johnny Depp's. heheh) but I havent heard of any of those other snacks. Let us know how they are!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

My basic eggplant prep usually involves peeling, slicing, salting, then place the slices in a colander in layers separated by paper towels, place a bowl or a plate over the eggplant and put a heavy can or something on top to weigh it down. After 45 min – 1 hr rinse the excess salt off the eggplant. Now you can do anything you want with it. You can bread and deep fry, but I usually toss the slices in a bowl with some type of marinade. It can be as simple as some oil and spices, dressing, sometimes I throw in some bread crumbs. Then I usually broil the slices till tender, the size of the pieces will determine how long that takes. Dori, that sauce and soy cheese sounds like a delicious idea!

All the snacks I’ve sampled from Robert’s gourmet have been good. The ranch flavored soy crisps had too much of the powdered flavoring on them, I think they would have been better plain. Tings are like vegan crunchy cheetos, I highly recommend them. The coco and caramel Pirates Booty and Potato Flyers all get an A+ rating.

Melody – Stevia sweetened KoolAid sounds awesome! I plan to make some sweet iced tea with it soon.

Teddy – A few of my friends went to the tofu festival last year and really had nothing good to say about it. Looks like you had a good time and some good food as well though. I kind of hate going anywhere near downtown. On the weekends I don’t really travel east of Bundy if I can help it. Curses on you LA traffic!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

mmmmmmmmm, I LOVE me some booty. Pirate's especially! yummmmm

1:26 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

Wait..have you tried Rescue Remedy? i heard that's a miracle worker...or did we discuss this already?

anyway, stevia...eww...i'm doing marilu henners total makeover in 30 days and i can't have sugar OR my beloved Splenda. I got my coffee this am at the co-op and saw some i put like a tablespoon in, not knwoing how sweet it was...holy SHIT...that was SWEET! but not as bad as i rememberd...i'll have to figure seomthing out since i can't have sugar anymore. poop.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

Yes, at one time or another Dexter has been on Rescue Remedy, amitriptyline, valium, acepromazine and CLOMICALM (clomipramine hydrochloride) all to no avail. If anyone else has more ideas other than shooting him in the head I am ready to hear them.

I think different brands of stevia vary greatly in quality, so you might want to try a few different kinds. The powdered stuff I have tastes gross.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

I have yet to try Pirates Booty. Is the sample worth the $30?

6:34 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I love Pirates Booty - it's like a very cheesy popcorn. Addictive! The potato flyers are delicous too, especially with a dill-pickle chip dip.

The latest is "tings" - I tried them when I was in NYC...very cheesy and crunchy.

Do report back on whether the sample was worth the $30!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

I figure each bag is $2.50 and has about 4-5 servings each, so it’s definitely as cheap or cheaper than buying specialty snacks at the store. And it was really nice to get a variety of things I hadn’t tried before. The thing is I don’t really need $30 worth of junk food at my house all the time, because even “healthy” junk food is still junk food. It was a bit of an impulse purchase and I’m enjoying having the snacks around, but I probably wouldn’t order another case. I would however buy the products I especially enjoyed if I could find them at a store. Tings are probably my favorite so far.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

i used to live in LA and this blog makes me homesick :( Who knew there was such good food in So Cal??

1:09 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

thhttppth...this little piggy went to the market too!

well damn. your dog needs some thorazine! poor baby...or some transgression therapy. vodka might work too.

1:38 PM  

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