Sunday, 27 February 2011

Farmers’ market roulette, 26 February 2011

Maxine wanted a day to challenge her cooking skills, and to introduce her to new recipes and new skills. She was also concerned that “farmers markets are expensive”, so we stuck to high value produce – stuff that’s cheap to buy but (with care) tastes even better than some of the expensive ingredients.
Market visited – Hexham.
Weather – lousy!

At the market, Maxine bought
6 lamb hearts (local, rare-breed, lamb)
3 fillets smoked mackerel (Northumbrian)
200g soft goats cheese (local)
1 punnet raspberries
A carrier bag of assorted veg (potatoes, carrots, parsnips)
Total cost: £12
Maxine also bought: 2 hare legs, 6 pork cheeks (for the freezer)

From the supermarket, we reluctantly added
Baby salad leaves (English)
Red chicory (English)
Wholemeal bread flour (Scottish)
Total cost: £8

From the storecupboard, we used
Stale wholemeal bread (for crumbs)
Rosemary, Thyme
Salt and pepper
6 eggs (Maxines own chickens)
Dried apricots
Dried yeast
Lemon juice
Frozen beef stock (see recipe on Diet Satan)

From the hedgerow, we foraged
Wild garlic chives (the emerging leaves of wild garlic)

And Maxine cooked
Smoked mackerel pate with wholemeal rolls
Stuffed heart, with roasted winter vegetables and creamy mashed potato
Raspberry crème brûlées with almond tuiles
(all recipes are on the Diet Satan recipe site)

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous day - busy but so productive - and it all tasted great! Great market and a great coach - thanks David!