Yesterday I went up to visit one of my best friends in San Mateo (south of San Francisco)... We had a great time. She's another vegetarian, farmer's market-loving, cooking fan - one of countless reasons that we enjoy each other's company.
We started off our visit with a trip to her farmer's market. It's always fun to go to another farmer's market and see the goodies. We got some produce, some 100% apple juice, some apricot-walnut bread, and a few other delicious goodies:
They have an Afghan vendor selling lots of tasty things, many of which are vegan. I got a packet of 2 spinach bolanis, 2 lentil bolanis, and 3 condiments: lentil curry, cilantro chutney, and eggplant pesto. OH YUM. The bolani is a thin bread with a layer of spinach/lentil/whatever inside, and folded into a half moon. I toasted up one and had it with the condiments for lunch today and it was exceptional. What delicious flavors!
I also stopped by the legendary Big Paw booth. Oh my! They sell the most amazing vinegars, olive oils, and other goodies. I bought a bottle of Apricot-Lavender vinegar which is just fantastic. I can use it as a fat-free salad dressing all by itself & it's wonderful. I also got two new items:
Fig Syrup - which is only boiled down figs and sugar. It tastes like fig molasses. AMAZING
Grilled Figs - with basil and balsamico. Deep, smokey, rich, sweet, complex... very interesting flavor!
Tonight for dinner I made some roasted veggies, just a simple dinner: roasted potatoes, beets, and butternut squash. We also had a big bowl of steamed chard. Simple and good.
For dessert, I wanted to make something special to celebrate the Year of the Pig... so I made these little marzipan piggies! Or, as Musty calls them, Marzipigs! I read an article in the newspaper about celebrating the Year of the Pig with a whole fancy pork-centric meal... Not for me, thanks!! I wanted something a little more pig-friendly. I had a little bit of marzipan in my cupboard from last month's big grocery trip in SF. These guys are pretty small, just a bite or two each. :)
As a side note, I really love pigs. They are such smart, and sensitive, and responsive creatures. They look so much like people... the skin, the eyes... I love them. So, let's all say a joyful "oink" in honor of the pigs!