Swedish Meatballs, Artichoke Soup, Okinawan Purple Potatoes
This week we made meatballs from a combination of pork and beef from Carmel Valley and Corral de Tierra. There is also a mushroom sauce made with chicken stock and a little cream. Brown the meatballs in a pan and then put them in a baking dish with the sauce and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so until they are cooked all the way through.
It’s sugar snap pea season right now and the peas are tender and sweet. They are great in salad raw. They are also really good steamed or sauteed and served as a side. They don’t need much seasoning, just don’t over cook them!
I love pine nuts with mushrooms. I suggest trying this breakfast, sear some hen of the woods mushrooms on high heat, once they are browned, add the pine nuts and toast them slightly, then either scramble some eggs in with the mixture or serve the mushrooms on toast with some eggs on the side.
Okinawan purple sweet potatoes are great roasted in the oven. You can cut them into wedges and drizzle with oil and your preferred spices and bake for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees for a “home fries” style. Or you can bake them whole, but they take a little longer that way. These potatoes are thought to be one of the reasons that Okinawa is a blue zone (where people often live to 100+)
Ever made Moroccan mint tea? Take some green tea and brew it with fresh spearmint leaves for about 5 minutes, then add some sugar or your preferred sweetener. Moroccans drink this with every meal, and it’s great cold too.
Calamari and Fennel are a great match. I like to pan fry my Calamari after battering it in egg and a seasoned flour mixture (rice flour adds crunch). You can batter the fennel and some lemon slices just like the calamari for a frito mixto. Also, you could just sauté the calamari and fennel and use it as a pasta sauce with some canned tomatoes or even just on its own with extra virgin olive oil.
The caramel apple and rosemary mixture is a garnish for the soup. It can be added at the last minute when serving.
Tokyo turnips can be steamed and then served with either a little butter, soy sauce, lemon juice or combination of those.
Chervil is a delicate herb that is great on fish, in salads, or on soup as a garnish. It has a mild anise like flavor to it.
We marinated the chicken legs with lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, red pepper, salt, and whole peppercorns. Grilled or baked.