Apr. 20th, 2014

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Apr. 20th, 2014 12:07 am
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Today, for the second week in a row, I attended the local farmers' market. (Our farmers' market runs year-round, which is boggling, to be honest. I had no idea.) Last week, they really had no true produce, offering seedlings of produce instead. This week was a bit different.

I kept an eye out for asparagus ('tis the season) but none was available. However, I did pick up a smallish bag of arugula (a salad green I'd been meaning to try for some time now) as well as Swiss chard (also a new green to me).

Turns out, arugula isn't a salad green at all but rather belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, &c). With my Graves' disease, I should avoid this type of plant in the future, but in the meanwhile I will consume it moderately so as to get a taste for it (& to not waste my money!).

Tonight, I made a simple salad with arugula, strawberries, grape tomatoes, pine nuts & goat cheese with a honey mustard vinaigrette. I was really pleased with the result. The tomatoes mimic the strawberries when both are added. Also, strawberries pair naturally with the taste of pepper, which arugula provides. I would have used pecans if I had had them, but that was not to be. I think I will supplement the remainder of the salad with sliced almonds, which I do have. Next time, also, if I use pine nuts I will definitely toast them beforehand.
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