Thursday, January 06, 2011

looking for soul food

note to self:
- do not visit farmers' market just prior to dental appointment

Do you even know how many samples of market delectables I had to turn down because I didn't want to show up at the dentist with food in my teeth? Broke my heart to say no thanks to the tapenade and the berry pie.

I'm thrilled that we now have a farmer's market close to our hood. Based on the way we scarfed down the lamb sausage, hearty rolls, beet salad, and organic salad fixings at supper tonight, I have a feeling I am going to become a regular fixture haunting those aisles.

One of the vendors was selling the most beautiful eggplants I have ever laid eyes upon. I bought one just for the incredible feeling of stroking its smooth firm purple skin. I was gentle as a new lover with that beauty today, but tomorrow night at this time, it's going to be residing in my belly.

I don't know what kind of radio station they play at my dentist's office, but while I had my mouth stretched open wide I heard Walk On The Wild Side, immediately followed by High School Confidential. And then they ruined it by playing Avril Lavigne.

When my dentist asked me where I was working these days, I told him that I am still writing freelance. He took a step back, obviously impressed: You're writing for The Lancet?

I wish! Hey Lancet, call me; I'm cheap!


Anonymous said...

For years I didn't much like eggplant, but these days I really enjoy it cooked up in my big cast iron skillet with a mix of other veggies and some black been sauce, plenty of garlic and a blast of heat.

My dentist is awesome but he does play some kind of softy-jazz radio all the time.

umbrellalady said...

The youngest just requested and got her favourite eggplant dish for her birthday supper. Didn't last long - all that lemon, garlic and freshly grated parma on top and baked until tender...mmm...great winter dish!

Wandering Coyote said...

The Lancet - I loved that! Brilliant!

Allison said...

Our Farmer's Market is only open May-October but really looking forward to the spring, as it's right down the street!

Eggplant is hit or miss for me, but I love the feel of the outside. Hope it takes delicious!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't like the results the first time I tried to cook eggplant myself, Mr Anchovy, but curried up, it is fabulous! Your recipe sounds divine too, love black beans!

I have yet to try it prepared that way, Kathy. I'll have to give it a try someday.
I hope the youngest had a fabulous birthday! I'm glad she got her favourite meal.

I howled pretty hard myself, WC, which is challenging when your dentist is peering into your mouth.

It feels so luxurious, Al! I almost hate to take a knife to it, it feels so wrong.
It'll be tops to have a farmers' market right down the street! I sense lots of fresh produce in your future.

Anonymous said... to me more about eggplant

L said...

Just proof you Northern neighbors (neighbours?) of mine will always be tougher. Our farmers markets closed months ago. We are hiding inside dreaming of eggplant.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

haha, Kelly, dirty eggplant talk!

At this point, I should probably confess that this is an indoors farmers' market, Lesley. We're not as tough as we would like you to believe.

Dale said...

My dentist makes me wear those Neo from The Matrix glasses while I'm in the chair. I think he's making fun of me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They must sell them by the kilo to dental offices, Dale, because mine makes me wear them too. And I always wonder if I am going to get somebody else's eyeball cooties.

Anonymous said...

We have oodles of them open during the growing seasons.

Except gazing upon them, I am not fond of eggplant.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You just need to try my eggplant curry, Leazwell. It will change your life (she stated modestly).