Thursday, June 26, 2008

OLS Week 4 - A Patchwork of Veggies and an Egg

One Local SummerI've got tons of local produce to use up this week, so I got my OLS meal in early this week. It was a bit of a patchwork meal, with some inspired dishes that I randomly put together into a meal. There was the tomato and red onion salad that Michelle made over at Bleeding Esspresso. And the pickled kohlrabi inspired by Mikaela at md*intake. The poached egg was just inspired by a craving I've been having for days.

One Local SummerFor my tomato salad, I made about half the amount Michelle did, and I used a spring onion instead of red onion. It was exactly what I expected. It's pretty amazing how something as simple as farmers market tomatoes and spring onion; fresh purple, cinnamon and Italian basil from my garden; fresh oregano from the CSA; and a little ground pepper and sea salt can be so incredibly flavorful and satisfying.

I've never had kohlrabi before, and when I read about Mikaela's pickled kohlrabi, I knew I had to try it. I was right. It was tangy and crisp, and I imagine it will be even better by this weekend--if it lasts that long. The only thing I'd do differently is cut the kohlrabi into smaller pieces. Otherwise it was perfect.

Then there was the local egg, simply poached and placed on a toasted slice of Ezekiel bread, the only non-local ingredient outside of the olive oil, salt and pepper that I used in the salad and pickles. And I topped it all off with a glass of Deer Run wine that I bought at a local winery when I was visiting my family for Christmas (That counts as local, right? It was local when I bought it.). It was a patchwork meal for sure, but it hit the spot.

4 comments:

Tiffany said...

Mmm. . . I agree with you on the tomato salad. Sometimes a simple meal with fresh ingredients is SO much tastier than a complicated one. That looks delicious!

bleeding espresso said...

Salad looks fabulous! Simple, delicious and fresh...doesn't get much better, does it?!

I think I'll make another for lunch today now that you mention it ;)

mikaela said...

Mmm... that kohlrabi recipe is *so* yummy, isn't it? :)

smtwngrl said...

tiffany - Thanks for stopping by. Give that salad a try and I'm sure you'll be impressed by the flavors.

bleeding espresso - Thanks for the inspiration! I love reading about your recipes and your life in Italy.

mikaela - I liked them so much I wanted to make them again, but I couldn't find kohlrabi at the market this week. I hope I didn't miss it all...

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