Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Eat your greens.


My little Capitol Hill neighborhood farmers market is so amazing. It may not be the biggest or the best one in Seattle but it's mine, and I am proud to be part of it's community. There is nothing better than being able to meet the farmers that grow your food. They are like proud parents selling you their children (okay, I guess that's weird). I get really excited when I come across ingredients that I've never seen before. A few days ago at my farmer's market I came across a bright green head of what I thought was cauliflower. I asked the farmer what it was and she said Romanesco. Romanesco is a cross between broccoli and cauliflower. It has a peppery flavor and more of a cauliflower like texture. I had to buy a head and try it.

Then I bought some beautiful Naan from the Gypsy Baker, a girl who makes great persian flatbreads. In addition to the naan she bakes great focaccia and these lovely "pizza" breads with sun dried tomatoes and Nicoise olives. Right across from her is Full Circle Farms which has the most tender mix of salad greens I've ever had. Organic red leaf, mizuna, boston, frisee, and raddichio. I know that a few Seattle organic restaurants use Full Circle's greens exclusively for their salads. I also know that nothing ruins a salad like bad greens so buying from such a reputable farmer that takes pride in it's product doesn't hurt.

So with all of my bounty I scored from the market I decided to make Full Circle Farm Greens with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Grapefruit Supremes, Pumpkin Seeds, and a Walnut Rioja Viniagrette and also Grilled Naan Points with Roasted Romesco Spread. I have had roasted cauliflower spread before so I knew the romanesco would be great. It was very tasty. For the spread just quarter the romanesco and roast with a small shallot and a few garlic cloves (wrapped in foil) at 400F degrees for about 30 -40 minutes until tender. Pulse in the food processor with a little salt and pepper and a little fresh farmers cheese. Spread onto your favorite bread or crackers and you're all set.

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