Friday, May 22, 2009

Project Local Rootz (Day Twenty One)

Day Twenty One's Consumption

May 21, 2009.

Rough Cut Oats
w/ blueberry butter, cranberries & honey

Plain Smiling Hill Farm Yogurt
w/ honey

Kraut Salad
w/ New Leaf Mesculin Mix
Olivias Garden Cucumber
& Tomatoes
Pea Shoots, rubykraut
goat cheese

Bay Scallops
w/ asparagus
roasted in butter & tarragon
glass of Sweetgrass
Apple Cranberry Wine

Baked Cortland Apples
w/ oats and honey
Topped w/
Blueberry Butter & Maple Ice Cream

Today was a very productive day... with Portlands streets hitting 91*, breaking its record high temp ! Besides the unseasonable warmth, it was a typical work day that finished up with an extended commute over to meet Cassi as she exited her job @ 4pm. From there we headed straight to Rabelias Bookstore. We have been trying to find a day where we could browse together in this haven of books geared towards foodies. Its a quaint little shop hugging a block that contains some of portlands primo restaurants like Hugo's and the Pepperclub... anyway, as we entered the store we both had ideas of what we were looking for. My major goal was to find a bread baking book that was geared more towards sourdough recipes as well as other breads that are created with starters rather than dry yeast...why ? Well, they dont make dry yeast in in order to break bread I need to grow my own yeast stock in which to bake with....and let the kneading begin...because I purchased a book entitled "Bread Alone" by Daniel Leader & Judith Blahnik. The major selling point for this book was that every recipe has measurements for wet yeast (starter) or dry yeast. Excellent! As for Cassi...she was looking more for books on preserving and canning...I think she is planning on filling our freezer full of berries and fruit this summer ! Her final selection was... "How to Store Your Garden Produce" by Piers Warren. With a few new books in our bag we were off to spend more money on food related stop, Leroux Kitchen...why you may ask ? A little thing I like to call a Pasta Maker ! We purchased a beautiful machine called the Atlas, made in Italy, a solid stainiless steel hand crank pasta roller that pushes out spaghetti, lasagna, and tagliatelle among a few others...pasta is definitely one of the things we have been missing from our dinners and I am looking forward to getting creative with my own flavored pasta's as well as various pasta dishes ! Leaving Leroux with our hands full, we decided on celebrating all our new found food items by going over to Harborfish Market to pick up some bay scallops...combined with a bit of butter & seaweed sauteed asparagus, it made for a luxuriously yet simple meal, that shined bright especially with the sweet contrast of Sweetgrass apple cranberry wine.
Stay tuned for some interesting pasta and bread making trial and errors !

Transportation today included an extended 30 mile bike commute to and from work as well as a 4 mile walk doing errands with Cassi !

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