May 26, 2008

My trip to Greensland

On my recent trip to Greensland I have become acquainted with many interesting characters. Most are friendly, tasty creatures, but others are more sinister.

Atop a pizza I met oregano, arugula, and crinkly wrinkly cress. The oregano gave the parsley pesto a great aroma, the arugula was peppery, and the crinkly wrinkly cress was crazy. It tasted like radishes and a little bit was enough to sprinkle all over our pizza and salad.

Fritattas are always a good place to meet a friendly green or two: in this case kale and chard mingled with pecorino cheese to make a salty, wonderful wedge. We also found that something strange had snuck into the roasted vegetables. This is what happens when bok choy crawls off to die. It tasted like a cross between celery and a slug. Somehow it managed to be crunchy, limp, stringy, watery, and bitter all at once. I spit it out in the trash. Seriously.

To get the taste out of our mouths, we went to he Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday. We brought some variety to Greensland by purchasing asparagus, strawberries, onions, garlic, rhubarb, potatoes, cheese, and mushrooms. Andie the dog got to come to the park and enjoyed rolling around in the grass.

There might have been some other things at the market that we slept too late to get. I did see a lot of empty baskets. There were only a few pints of strawberries left by the time we got there. It's pretty early for berries, but people were very excited to see them.

Wrapping up our trip to Greensland was this coconut curry with greens that Max made to put over the potatoes from the market. The greens all behaved themselves, even a little finely chopped bok choy that snuck in. Did I mention salad? Yeah, we ate that with every meal too. Goes great with breakfast cereal. More is coming in two days.

1 comment:

Murr Brewster said...

It's probably just me, but I'm ALWAYS glad when goat isn't on the menu.