Sunday, May 17, 2009

Project Local Rootz (Day Sixteen)

Day Sixteen's Consumption

May 16, 2009.

Spring Green Omelet
w/baby spinach, baby red russian kale
& asparagus
w/raw colby & plain goat cheese
Yukon Gold Homefries
Slice of Greek Peasant Bread
Cup of Pineapple Sage/ Lemon Verbena tea

Maine Grain Tomato Soup
w/ rutabagas & parsnips
Tomato Oregano Melt
w/ Goat Mozzarella
on Pita Bread
Glass of Savage Oaks Barn Red Wine

Bowl of Maple Goat Milk Ice Cream

Today was a very productive day in the studio...being Saturday it started off with a early morning walk down to the farmers market in Deering Oaks Park. The market was bustling with spring greens, cheese, honey and tons of seedlings. We quickly restocked our fresh herbs (chives, oregano, rosemary) and a couple parsnips and some more cherry tomatoes from Scott @ Olivia's. Then it was over to Tourmaline Farm to grab another ball of her goat mozzarella. As we picked out a good piece of mozzarella I asked her about how well goat milk would work for ice cream making. She said that the butterfat content is higher in goat milk than cow so that it would make for a tighter crystal, resulting in a wonderful ice cream...Sold ! Add a quart of goat milk to the bag...then it was over to the seedlings. We decided it was time to get some tomato plants potted many different heirloom varieties to choose from. Our final decisions were; Black Cherry, Yellow Pineapple, and one Cherokee variety, as well as a great looking Apple Sweet Pepper... add to the list a chamomile plant for more tea options and we left the market marching up the hill with yet another full load of groceries from the farmers market. After arriving home and polishing off a substantial breakfast to hold me over for a full day of pushing the brush across some canvas and Cassi plugging away at the coffee shop, we decided to give this goat milk ice cream a shot...3 cups of goat milk and 1/2 cup of maple syrup later... we had made a rich creamy ice cream like none I had tasted before..packed out into a couple old yogurt containers for the evening dessert....mmmmm maybe I took a couple spoonfuls during my full day of painting!

Transportation included a couple miles of walking around town doing various errands...however I painted from 1pm on Saturday to 2am on Sunday...

"Local Rootz" is gonna be a display of my best work yet...Trust Me !

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