Summer is around the corner with the lure of outdoor fun. While I can get almost all the groceries I need from a typical grocery store, I love walking leisurely under the sun through stands of fresh foods in a farmers’ market and hopefully, coming across a few interesting items that I can’t find in most grocery stores.
Today, while visiting the Irvington Framers’ Market in Fremont, I caught sight of the following nine items:
Purple King Bean
Amaranth Chinese Spinach
Fresh Fava Bean
After snatching a bit of every new discovery, I’m ready for my next task: to come up with recipes for these rarities. It will take some time, but I know I’ll have fun. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list of all of the unique things in farmer’s markets…part of the fun is constantly discovering new ingredients!
What are some of your favorite farmer’s market vegetables? A couple of mine that are fresh heirloom tomatoes and rainbow carrots. I wish everyone a fun summer in discovering new things!
Braising is a cooking technique that combines searing and cooking in a liquid. Usually it works well with tougher meats and is a easy way to create a flavorful dish. I decided to braise beef short ribs!
Ingredients: Continue reading
I enjoy watching lots of food-related shows, ranging from crazy reality TV (I’ll admit it, despite it’s lack of culinary depth, Cutthroat Kitchen is sometimes fun to watch!) to cooking shows to more serious documentaries…as long as they involve food, I’ll watch it! Through watching these shows, I’m often inspired and amazed by chefs who share their creations that represent who they are. Here are some of my favorite food shows: Continue reading
While we all enjoy the rich, creamy taste of desserts, most of us are concerned with their fatty and sugary ingredients. Can we replace the traditional ingredients of a dessert with more healthy ones while keeping the delicate and delicious taste of the dessert?
Same dessert, Same taste
Which one is healthier?
Today, I tried two different approaches to make blondies: Continue reading
It’s Sunday again. Strolling on a street filled with stands of savory produce on a sunny Sunday is always a good idea. At the farmers market, I can pick up fresh produce at a bargain price and get tasty and healthy ingredients for cooking. But aside from taste and health considerations, there are more why I love to visit the farmers market. Continue reading
While reading the online ScienceDaily today, I came across a piece of interesting food news: scientists at University of Florida have discovered the key to restoring great tomato flavor. According to the news release, during the past 50 years or so, commercial tomatoes have gradually lost their original tasty flavors. To put the flavors back to tomatoes, scientists have studied the DNA in a tomato gene (called “alleles”), identified the chemical combinations for better tomato flavors, and used genetic analysis to replace alleles in modern tomato varieties so that they can be more flavorful. Continue reading
We all have experienced that hungry moment: After long hours of homework, you suddenly crave a snack — something handy, tasty, and ideally, somewhat healthy.
Here are a few tips and suggestions for quick snacks that will boost your energy and satisfy your appetite during stressful times: Continue reading