Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Ingredients Day!

No breakfast. I jumped out of bed and ran to the USQ Greenmarket looking for inspiration. And I found it. Keith's Organics spring garlic and french crisp lettuce, peas, strawberries, shallots, candy cane beets, radishes, peruvian purple and german butterball potatoes, purslane, dill and some squid from Blue Moon.
And I had a taste of a cow and goat mixed-milk cheese from Sprout creek in Poughkeepsie that was really nice.


Purple potato gnocchi with squid, peas, shallots and dill. With sea salt, black pepper, olive oil and a little ground sumac. Really nice. Gnocchi came out well, light and with a good texture. The peas are fantastic, with a very concentrated flavor that is not often found in peas. And the squid was excellent. I cut very thin rings of one large body(I only got one squid's tentacles, and those are for tomorrow) and cooked them for probably 55 seconds tops. Fresh squid is pretty hard to beat, and I really like squid from this part of the Atlantic(and from Nantucket Bay, which I will be posting about in August if I have my way).


Peach Pie. I haven't eaten it yet. I'm still pretty satisfied from dinner, and am in the middle of drinking my first glass of my first attempt at a homemade root beer/cream soda. Foraged sassafrass, ginger root, licorice root, allspice, vanilla. It's pretty good but needs work. And more sassafrass.
But the pie looks like it will be pretty good, and I like the big "P." I had originally planned on doing a lattice top, but then decided to save the top to make another pie or tart. But I still had some dough left after rolling out the bottom, and after a few attempts at some leafy designs I settled on the "P." If I ever have a bakery that makes pies, I think I will label them this way.
It is a traditional peach pie(peaches, lemon zest, sugar, cornstarch) but the crust is half whole wheat/half almond flour. I will eat some and let you know if you should be sorry you can't join me.


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