Went with Ines Lauber to the Galician Foodfair. We had a great time during lunch with a somelier from Poland. We by accident smashed a plate and squirted tomatoe juice everywhere, which started the conversation with a great laughter. Vendors introduced the guests to specialty foods from Galicia, which is on the top left corner of Spain, above Portugal. I have never been there, but tasting the food made me want to go. I was very enthusiatic about a special artisan cheese from San Simón da Costa: it's called Magus Cheese and only 10 farmers in all of Spain produce it. And the Best thing is: the very nice lady gave me one to take home and it's in my frigde!
And the small green beans- terras da marina . Also was able to take a sample and am wondering what I shall make with them...
I'm reading a wonderful book by Andrea Wulf: "The Invention of Nature- the Adventures of ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT, The lost Hero of Science" After his long journey through South America and Mexico, Humboldt detoured to Washington D.C. on his way back to Europe. He wanted to meet Thomas Jefferson, who (which I had no idea), saw himself foremost as a farmer and gardener, not as the President of the freshly formed United States.
As Britain left the EU yesterday and everybody seems to be in shock, this passage comes back to me and I'm thinking this is what we need now...
"...Instead of formal levees, he invited guests to small intimate dinner parties which were held at a round table to avoid any issues of hierarchy or precedence...." (p.100)
Even if one doesn't have a round table, it's a wonderful metaphor for gathering people around a table to discuss ideas, thoughts, question the world, unite and share. Maybe it's time to host regular "round table dinners" ?
Summer vegetables soup with my favorite fava beans, purple potatoes, peppers, dill, parsley and Parmesan.
These are wonderful very small pears from Italy. I just baked them with sugar lemon, cinnamon and a bit of cognac. They were devoured with vanilla ice cream and gone quickly.
Still trying to get into the groove of blogging... Another wonderful market day today. It's mid June and there is an abundance of fruits and vegetables displayed. The wildherb salad leaves have become large and savory and one doesn't have to hunt for the more unusal fresh herbs any longer. Organic peaches from Sicily and strawberries as well as the first cherries from Brandenburg are presented in lucid reds and oranges.
Zuchiniflowers of course, purple kohlrabi and radish.
Gooseberries will make their way into a gooseberry nut cake with whipped cream
and the cherries mushed for a cherry sorbet.
Laslo Tot, the polish vendor who offers great produce from Germany and the neigboring countries, found "Stielmus". I couldn't find a translation, but am telling you it's a most delicious vegetable. I know it from my hometown Westfalia. The Berliners are not familiar with it, or sell it. So it's been a delight to find it on the market. It is finely cut, steamed with an onion, salt, pepper and nutmeg. That's it. A wonderful nutty taste.
I have never written a blog. Feels a bit strange, but I have heard one gets used to it...
Elderberry Flowers shall mark my first entry. Sumbucus Nigra, in the family of Adoxaceae. (The Wikipedia entry says 'Adoxaceae is a small family of flowering plants, characterised by opposite toothed leaves, small five- or, more rarely, four-petalled flowers in cymose inflorescences, and the fruit being a drupe.'). Elderberries are drupes? That's news to me, I have never noticed nor felt a pit on my tongue...
Bringing the smell of elderberrie flowers into a taste, I find most magical. One stands right next to the trees, fascinated by the wonderful smell effused, which the thousand of tiny blossoms produce. Time for jam! Soaking them in water with lemon slices for 24 hours (or a bit longer) extracts the smell into the water. Capturing essence! Magic. Elderberry flowers bring up true Heimat feelings. Delicious on a savory German bread.