Well, perhaps you call it grocery shopping?
It felt more like foraging yesterday, as we poked here and there. The Farmer's Market visit produced some lovely tart red sorrel and other lettuces for a beautiful salad. Our organic meat person wasn't there though, so we decided to take a ride up "to the farm."
We have a local farm, Nature's Own Fresh or something along those lines. I forget their trade name as we just call it the farm. I thought of you Deb when we pulled in! They've added the sweetest little donkey to their farm. She was shy, but allowed us to admire her from a distance.
There was beautiful fresh fennel, and lovely red and gold beets, turnips of several shapes and sizes and some tender greens for sauteeing. We chose some beautiful blood oranges as well. They had goose eggs this visit, and medium chicken eggs on special so we had both! We'll be having a scramble of eggs, this morning along with a bit of our precious smoked sockeye salmon we brought back from Alaska.
There was a local chef visiting the farm and he was sharing samples of his paté. Quite nice in a country sort of way so we purchased a small portion. There was some lovely Humbolt Fog cheese to be had, and a very earthy Italian cheese this time too. Our farmer is a sophisticated person and brings in some lovely gourmet choices from time to time.
We did get the raw milk and raw cream (cow's, for both) from the health food store, and I'm really going to give butter making a go this morning.
Oh, and then just because, we ventured into downtown Orlando (you know Wendy and Keith, the scary bit quite near the photography shop!) and visited one of those huge Asian shops. We came away with all sorts of steamed buns, and seaweed, and noodles... oh and some wonderful soy sauce and oyster sauce. Edamame too. It's much less expensive there. We did have the chance to buy a durian (frozen) but we chickened out. The sign on the freezer was great though! "No exchanges, no returns, all sales final. NO COMPLAINTS!" Guess they got it all covered in that one.
So, we spent up all our grocery money buying specialty items it seems, but it sure was fun. I do like to hunt for nice food items, but not such a fan of conventional shopping.
Oh! We found lemon verbena and lemon grass too! The verbena was at the farm and the lemon grass was at the Asian shop.
Herself is slow roasting (and lightly smoking) a pork roast today in her new smoker/roaster.
Yep. It's all about food in our house.