Farm markets, goat cheese, knitting and finally Wheatland is here!

veggies at the market

Well this started out as a food, knitting and brewing blog and got a little side tracked by all things food. I just started a new knitting project. People all around me seem to be in baby having mode, so I have started a baby blanket for my good friends who think they are pregnant with a hairy squid. They are two people who have lots of hair and are worried about the end result – the baby. It will probably be bald for the first two years out of spite for it’s nickname. None the less, I have chosen a sex free color that is water themed (baby should be an Aquarius too). As soon as I have more than 2 inches I will post a pic, right now it just looks like the beginnings of anything.

Oh and I read Harry Potter. Finally it was my turn. I was number 523 on the library list and my turn finally arrived. It’s a good one folks, but most of you have already read it. Now we need a new series like that, one that is magical and can transport you away with a few words, even if it is a kids book.

We visited the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and Zingerman’s Deli on Saturday and will post about my recent round of farm market trips soon. I have been doing some local research. We managed to spend way too much money on cheese, salted capers, cured sausages and smoked paprika. We did purchase wedges of about 10 goat or sheep cheeses (research again).

heirloom garlic at the farmer's market

Heirloom garlic

Tonight for dinner:

Homemade naan (with spelt)

Dal with garden tomatoes (the one pint out of 48 that didn’t seal this weekend while canning), red beans, curry leaves, fenugreek leaves, black mustard seeds, onion seeds, coriander, black cardamom, onion, ginger and garlic ( I just got it cooking so thought it best to write up the recipe right now)

Indonesian Beef Redang ( I know the rest of the meal is Indian, but I wanted to try it.)

Pakora’s with cilantro mint chutney – this time I really will post the recipe for the chutney. Mint, Cilantro, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, yogurt, salt, lime juice and a splash of oil to emulsify.

The naan turned out wonderfully, flaky, soft and tender with a bit of tang. Thank goodness for my little toaster oven as my gas oven heats the entire kitchen. The Saag was great too, best batch yet. Beef Rendang – tasty, a bit too spicy hot (and I like it hot) and a bit to heavy on the coconut oil. Dal – creamy, spicy and healthy to boot.

OK, we are off to Wheatland Music Festival this weekend – a nice long, well deserved weekend with many of our friends. There probably will be about 8 different homebrews on tap and one cider for me, so we may never leave the camp as from our site we can hear all the mainstage music. We volunteer so in turn receive early passes in for camping on Thursday. I might even play my mando. Certainly I will knit. On the menu, Carne adovada, chicken curry, hash browns and various snacks, including my white bean truffle spread – all our friends like to cook up a batch of something to bring.

Whappy heatland (happy wheatland for those of you unfamilar with the fest greeting)

i’m out and i’m festing….

2 thoughts on “Farm markets, goat cheese, knitting and finally Wheatland is here!

  1. I would give anything for a local farmers market like that! Mine is much more rustic (read: country). On the other hand, I have a butcher who could make some serious pork product happen for you.

    When is Charleston? Has it already happened? I’ve been lost in the first month of school.

    P.S. ROLANDS has the GF Wasabi Peas. They use glutinous rice (which is sweet rice/GF) but no wheat or soy. YAY!


  2. To the other Ginger:
    Charleston is Sept 24 – 26. I think I have one night free for dining, the rest is conference food, although I did call the hotel to let them know to have a gf option for me. I am staying right downtown and won’t have a car, although other conference goers will likely have one.

    Rolands is the name of the brand or the store? Either way I will keep my eye out for it. I do miss Wasabi peas.

    Too bad about your farmers market sources – maybe you should see if someone wants to get one started once a week on an evening or on a Saturday. If farmers know people will be there, they will come…..

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