Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Project Local Rootz (Day Twenty Four)

Day Twenty Four's Consumption

May 24, 2009.

Spring Greens Omelet
w/ baby spinach, baby red russian kale,
baby swiss chard, shitaake
blanco queso & raw colby cheese
Side of Yukon Golds w/ shallots
Slice of Greek Peasant Bread
cup of lemon verbena & mint tea

Plain Sheep's Milk Yogurt
w/ honey
Little Halloumi Cheese
Blueberry Bomb

Baked Cusk
w/ Asparagus & Cherry Tomoatoes
& Marfax Cilantro Bean Dip

Baked Macintosh Apples
w/honey, blueberries & oats
topped w/ Maple Goat Milk Ice Cream

Today was a lovely day off for both Cassi and I. We went on a nice leisurely, 12 mile bicycle ride in order to complete a few errands and get a little exercise after a big breakfast. Our first stop was over to A & C supply on outer Forest Ave. I needed to pick up a couple supplies to complete my paintings; MSA varnish, detail brushes... From the art store we decided being Memorial Day weekend...that perhaps we should browse R.S.V.P. liquor store up the road a bit and see what type of selection they may have for 100% Maine alcohol. We were excited to find a few choices... Bartlett's Winery makes an Apple and Pear brandy that looked very appealing but its price tag made us over think the purchase a bit...not that it was way over priced but a little steep for a 350ml bottle...lets browse some more...hmmm...whats this Cold River Vodka made from 100% Maine potatoes, distilled and bottled right in Freeport ! Not to mention there was a Blueberry Vodka made also by them using 100% Maine blueberries. Sold...that would be our treat, as well as a nice coastal white wine from Bartlett's Winery (one of a few we haven't tried). As we were leaving we started dreaming up a mixed concoction...we need to stop at Whole Foods because they had that 100% Blueberry juice made by none other than Arthur Harvey. In and out we went from the mass grocery store swarming with people buying up loads of 365 goods...from there it was over to Harborfish Market for a new fish to boost our protein intake. They had fresh off the boat Cusk on special for 3.99/lb...two big fillets oughtta take care of dinner for tonight and give us something to work with for tomorrow. From there we made the long ascent with packed full panniers...back up Congress to our quaint little west end abode. It was there that the Blueberry Bomb prototype was made....after trying the flavor explosion we decided it needed a little something fizzy...Im a little embarrassed to admit it but we bought a bottle of Poland Spring Seltzer water...It falls into our "Local" restrictions being 100% Maine pumped water but the fact that even a couple dollars of our hard earned money was going to a company that sold out to Nestle...made me feel not so great..at least until I completed the finished product.

the Blueberry Bomb
3 oz Cold River Blueberry Vodka
2 oz 100% Blueberry Juice
4 oz Poland Spring Seltzer
stir over ice and presto...a summer drink in the spirit of Maine !

After a little relaxing with our beverages we decided to get going on dinner. The cusk turned out to be a great fish that kinda fell in between haddock and halibut...not quite as tough as halibut but not quite as tender as haddock. Anyhow it was excellent especially when accompanied with some fresh cilantro and marfax bean dip and a bit more asparagus...we cant get enough asparagus...but we know the season is drawing to an end... bring on the Collards, Spinach & Kale !

Transportation for Cassi and I today, included 12 miles on the bicycle as well as a 2 mile walk later in the day.

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