Monday, June 15, 2009

Why I Shop at Farmers Markets

There's a lot of reasons, really. The whole eat local thing, of course. Giving the farmers all of my food dollar instead of processors and retailers, better food ...

But also, food I have never seen before. New things. Every week. Like these, garlic scapes, at left. Softer, greener, garlicky flavor. Nice.

And the greens. I got these from the Thai family that sells at the market. I have no idea what they are. The only explanation I got was, "We cook it with fish. There is no English word for them." Sold. Oh, they were good with fish, too. You can substitute baby bok choy or spinach. If I knew what the greens were, I'd be planting some!

Asian-style Fish with Greens
1 lb. halibut (or other sustainable white fish)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs. canola oil, divided
3 garlic scapes, or 2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch greens, or bok choy

for the sauce:
1 cup miso soup
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp. chopped ginger

Place the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes.

Heat oven or grill. For oven, 350 degrees. Lightly oil the fish and salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes or until fish is firm, opaque and flakes easily.

Heat the rest of the canola oil in a skillet, medium high. Add the garlic and saute for two minutes. Add the greens and saute just until wilted.

Serve the greens on bottom, fish on top of greens and drizzle on sauce. The sauce is also excellent for stir fry, such as asparagus.

If anyone knows the name of these greens, please tell me!

But Do Kids Eat This?
I've ranted about the idea of "kid's menus" and "kid food" limited to chicken fingers and mac and cheese are a myth before, so no need to go into that here. Did mine eat this? Definitely, and once her serving was finished, she ate most of mine for seconds. You just never know if you don't try.

Even if sometimes you don't want to. Like the evening my spouse and I treated ourselves to a pound of wild caught salmon he smoked on the grill. The kiddo eyed her pork and noodles, pushed it away, and said, "I want THAT!" pointing at our $30-a-pound-once-a-year luxury.

We looked at each other. Should we? I forked over a couple bites.

"I like it!" Kiddo exclaims. Of course she does. Good food really doesn't have an age limit any more than someone telling me I'm too old for an ice cream cone.

A couple tips on giving fish to your child, however, make sure it is one of the more sustainable choices for the environment, and for things like mercury contamination level. You can get a lot of information on this from Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.


Lynn from said...

So funny...I went to the Dupont Farmers Market in DC this weekend and thought of you!

It was great fun for the family, although I wish they didn't sell such yummy desserts, because that's what we ended up snacking on, instead of greens! Oh, well! :)

They kinda look like scallions, don't they?

It's amazing what you can find...we've been eating stinging nettles, dandelion, and more this season...

Expatriate Chef said...

Hey! How are you? Definitely, I find edible flowers, local cheeses, Asian greens, all kinds of new things. Keeps me exploring!

Jasmine said...

Are they CHRYSANTHEMUM GREENS -- check out the photo on this site:

Rachel said...

Yum! I love garlic scapes - got turned on to them in a big way when making my first attempt at growing garlic last year. Unsuccessful in growing garlic in a planter, but the scapes were really nice! It works well b/c Jess doesn't really like a heavy garlic taste in her food; the scapes add just a nice soft flavor.

Hooray for Farmers' markets!

health said...

yummy the recipe it is.. is it ur own creation?! nice one!! keep posting.

Anonymous said...

looks like lamb's quarters to me

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