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tasty Saturday 
7th-Jun-2008 07:13 pm
food, Bascove peaches
Wow, it has been way too long since the monkey and I got down to the Grand Lake Farmers' Market in Splashpad Park. My farmers' market reflexes have gotten rusty — I didn't even do the usual scope the whole market before deciding where to buy thing, I just headed for the first stall selling stone fruit.

Nectarines are one of my favorite fruits, and they had a mix&match $2/pound deal, so I got a couple of varieties of nectarines and some pluots. I also picked up some pattypan squash and a basket of strawberries at another stall, then we headed for the food booths for lunch.

Donna's Tamales were there as usual. Also as usual, they run out of hot, ready-to-eat tamales early on. We lucked out and got the last 2 tamales they had — goat cheese, swiss chard, and sundried tomatoes — and a couple of packages of cold tamales (one of green chile and cheese and one of butternut squash) to take home for later.

Oh, and kettle corn. Can't miss the kettle corn when you're at the farmers' market.

The strawberries got a bit smushed on the way home, so I think I'm going to puree them and pour them over some sliced nectarines for dessert. Gotta remember to bring some Ziploc containers or something else hard-sided for delicate things like berries.

Right now there's a fresh batch of ginger syrup simmering on the stove as well as a batch of ghee quietly bubbling away, and I just made up a batch of rasam powder for black pepper rasam with tamarind. [Note: in the recipe, the ingredients list refers to "yellow split peas", but the directions refer to urad dal. I use the urad dal.]

There's leftover dal in the fridge, which I might re-tarka to freshen up the flavors a bit, and the squash will get turned into New Delhi-style summer squash. Yogurt and cucumbers mean raita, although I'll probably do it in southern Indian style and add a tarka, which turns it in to pachadi. (Out of curry leaves, though. Grumble grumble Berkeley Bowl grumble bozos grumble.)

*long deep inhalation* Mmm, it smells good in here.
8th-Jun-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I like the stone fruit place next to the "fill your own bags" lettuce place on one of the corners, or one of the ones along the parking lot side near the middle -- the former for consistency, the latter for taste. Those two stalls don't move around a lot. I miss the insane gap-toothed lady with the awesome peaches and plums, though. Haven't seen her in years.

Rasam.. mmm...
8th-Jun-2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
OMG food pr0n!!!
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