As we cruise on into the Holy Week of Easter and March Madness, we are hoping for spring weather, but all we see is leftover winter. And you know how leftovers are, right? At first, they seem like yummy gifts, then they seem more like an obligation and finally you start to resent their very presence in your refrigerator. I’m like that with the weather right now. In August, I’ll be complaining about the heat, but right now, the cold weather just seems wrong. I want to grill something while I’m watching my bracket helplessly implode, not huddle around a pot of stew. And Miami? It’s all riding on you. No pressure or anything, but mama needs a new cast iron Dutch oven. Let’s get it right, people. Ok? Ok.
Moving on back to food, our farmer’s markets are still offering the usual late winter variety of root vegetables, greens and potatoes. There isn’t a whole lot of excitement right now in regards to veggies, although from the photo above, you can tell that our farmers are trying to maintain enthusiasm!
In a few weeks, I’ll begin my “What’s Fresh at the Market” postings, but at this point, it’s all the same list. Our menu this week is still making the most of what we have in our garden and pantry, but I’m trying to change things up a bit so we don’t get bored. We’ve got some solid standby’s with fish tacos and shrimp pad Thai, as well as some new recipes with the Brussels sprout salad and sweet potato/chipotle pepper soup. It should be a tasty week!
As for our budget, we are definitely over. We’re having another week of seafood from our NC waters, but it did up our budget (plus we added more dried fruit to make energy bars). On the bright side, I found raw cashews at Trader Joes for $6.99 a pound–half of what Whole Foods charges!!! More raw double fudge in our future!
- Mae Farm (bacon): $7.00
- Locals Seafood (fish, shrimp): $18.00
- Various farmer’s market vendors (onions, new crop pecans, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato): $14.00
- Trader Joes (blue cheese, chipotle peppers, portabello mushrooms, Asian noodles, scallions, frozen fruit, yogurt, soy milk): $55.93
- Whole Foods (heirloom beans, dates): $8.00
Rare Earth Farm (buttermilk, eggs): $9.00
- Sunday–Roasted Brussels sprouts salad with bacon, blue cheese and pecans, deviled farm eggs
- Monday–Fish tacos with sweet potato/chipotle pepper soup
- Tuesday–Heirloom beans with bacon and caramelized onions
- Wednesday–Girl Scouts; leftover beans and rice
- Thursday–Heather’s easy shrimp pad Thai
- Friday–Pan seared whiting with tomatoes and sauteed greens
- Saturday–Portabello and seared steak “pizzas” with leftover blue cheese