Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bet You Didn't Know My Middle Name is Stanley (Really)

And maybe this is becoming a food blog. With a nod to a mentor, of sorts.

The farmers' market was pretty glorious on Saturday. My main objective is merely to try to eat most of the things I bought without having to throw any away. It's not that I bought very much; it's just that due to my improper planning, produce has a way of sitting unused in my fridge until it starts to brown or turn slimy without having been touched. Weeknights often race by because I'm occupied doing other things, or I just eat a bowl of breakfast cereal with fruit for supper. Before I know it, Friday has arrived, and nature's bounty looks more like compost than consumable.

In addition to buying fava beans, rainbow chard, arugula, and Medjool dates, I was excited to see a stand with at least four or five varieties of avocado. I enjoy the ubiquitous Hass (which apparently is the "correct" spelling, after years of them having been labeled "Haas"... whatever), but I tend to fall into the anti-monoculture camp, so it's nice to be able to give unpopular varietals some love. I picked up a Zutano and a Fuerte (I tried to take a photo of the stand, but some woman and her cocktail ring got in the way).

All photos below except the pasta were taken with a camera phone, so quality may be questionable.




























































































Courtyard of Santa Barbara Historical Museum


















Saturday dinner: Fusilli with fava beans, olive oil, lemon zest, parsley, and ricotta salata cheese

6 comments:

SubtleKnife said...

I knew who that mentor was without looking at the link!

Unfortunately I'm so bad, I have to throw out stuff that has gone off far too often. I don't plan and grab some things I like, without planning how I can make them work together.

Stash said...

Thanks for the plug! :D

A Lewis said...

I've never eaten fava beans...only heard about them in the Silence of the Lambs movie...maybe that's why I'm scared of them! Our farmer's markets have started....I seldom go in spite of LOVE LOVE LOVING them.

Huntington said...

I love the courtyard the Historical Museum. I've always wanted to be invited to a party there.

Fava beans you can keep, but the dish looks lovely.

Salty Miss Jill said...

Yum, fresh favas.
xoSMJ

bigislandjeepguy said...

love the strawberry photo, even with the camera phone quality. gives it some sort of old-timey quality. awesome.