Spring has sprung in the Bay Area and after a winter of gestation, so has my Gather Weekly blog!
Last Thursday, shoppers at the Marin Farmers Market were greeted with an abundance of seasonal offerings including strawberries, green garlic, spring onions and asparagus.
It was glorious to see tables overflowing with potatoes, leeks, kale, greens of all kinds, citrus and even a few winter holdouts such as butternut squash. Everything was so beautiful and fresh, I couldn’t resist-which would explain why I came home with 21 items. Yikes!
From left to right, here’s what I grabbed. Siberian kale, celery, broccoli, milk and 1/2 & 1/2, yellow beets, red beets, spring onions, green garlic, watermelon radish, carrots, cauliflower, strawberries, pork, brown rice, spinach, chives, italian parsley, asparagus, pullman (loaf of bread) and little gem lettuce. I bought so much that I couldn’t find my butter from Straus Family Creamery eventually discovering it under all the produce in my basket!
Since Thursday, I’ve been cooking like a madwoman and have managed to make quite a dent in this haul. With the root vegetables, I made my favorite Roasted Carrot Soup & root vegetable carpaccio. This simple dish highlights the earthy flavors that I find many root vegetables to have. I simply shaved each vegetable (yellow and red beets, watermelon radish and carrots) with a mandolin.
I have a very fancy mandolin, but I find myself reaching for this Progressive Mandolin it’s easy to use and compact.
Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, vinegar (I used Moscatell, a sweet white wine vinegar to off-set the earthy flavor but champagne would work too) and a dash of Maldon sea salt. I didn’t use pepper as the watermelon radish was peppery enough. A sprinkling of chives finished off the dish.
Of course, the strawberries and bread were finished off in no time. The other produce has been used in salads, both roasted and steamed. I have a few more days to use up my purchases, always a challenge on the weeks when I’ve bought more that I should have. I see a cauliflower dish in my near future! Maybe this delicious Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower ?