|Drawing by Franco Matticchio|
There are certain things that John doesn't/cannot eat: wild mushrooms (for which he has recently developed a terrible allergic reaction), cilantro (bad memories of food-related stuff in Afghanistan, plus it tastes like metal to him), and mussels. So when he is out of town, I step it up on these kinds of things. But mussels aren't in season right now, and I got turned off to the fabulous wild mushrooms at the farmers' market this weekend by this story, about a family that got lost for most of last week, collecting hedgehog mushrooms (which I love) and almost ate their pit bull. Jeeezus!
Pictured here are the things I couldn't resist at the farmers' market: "Hell Dust" made by a local pepper-grower (the name alone is irresistible, and it has a wonderful smokey-hot flavor), organic bacon dog treats for E&R (5 bucks, but the vendor was native American and I couldn't resist, plus E&R really approve), tatsoi greens (am I the last person to have heard of these fantastic, versatile greens?), and finally an amazing veggie stromboli with a sour dough crust, baked by a Californian-moved-to-rural-Oregon (how many thousands of times has this happened?) And then I bought myself a bouquet of red tulips, still closed.
So what have I made for myself? I don't actually believe in "cooking for one." When I'm alone I cook a feast for 2-4, and heat up the leftovers the next night. The tatsoi-which resembles a deep-green wedding bouquet- was my centerpiece for a really great stir-fry, with chicken, ginger, garlic, chili oil, peanuts, and soy sauce. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of it, but you'll have to take my word; it was great. When John comes back, we'll go back to the farmers' market, get more tatsoi and make it all over again.
By that time, maybe I'll be up for hedgehog mushrooms, on the side.