Our first ‘maters of the season. The starts were gifted to us by Chilebrown. He knows about such matters, as ‘maters. The weather this growing season has been quite cool, so they just didn’t take well. Even so, it was fun to pick these yesterday. I used my Nikon D70 with an old manual focus PK-13 extension tube and the AF-D 60mm f2.8 micro lens, a real close-up package.
Hey, just wanted to stop by and let ya know the crepinettes from last week were one of the best ever. They were of the pork variety and loaded full of greens and pine nuts. I wish I’d purchased another package. Okay, yeah well this week they’re stuffed with chanterelle mushrooms, oh man. And I know darned well there’s more goodies in there as well, they never disapoint. Hey, look there’s greens in the sausage that the quail is stuffed with. I wonder if that resembles last week’s crepinettes? If they’re anything close, jump on it. The little quails are perfectly matched for an early Saturday supper. OoOoo, lookie! The Guinea Hen Terrine is back! YAY ! Wonnerful. Sweet guinea hen meat is such a treat, especially with habanero salsa! And on your way out of the line, don’t forget to grab a portion of Mortadella, creamy best ever. All in all it’s a good week to be alive. Seeya on Saturday at the Berkeley Farmer Market!
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Is there anything better than taking a trip? Almost every part of traveling is great, but the planning is at least half the fun if you ask us. There’s the deciding what to bring, the purchasing of guidebooks. We get so excited about an upcoming trip that we are unable to read a guidebook right before bed, lest we stay up all night in a fever of anticipation. Then the arrival, seeing the residents of the city we landed in being greeted by their families, and we think “Wow. people actually live here. Lucky.” Then there is getting a train or a cab to where we are going, seeing the city in the dark, tantalizing shadows and outlines of trees, stores, houses. Then: checking in, and falling right to sleep. The next morning comes the search for the all- important cafe (where we hope to become a regular, if it’s good) in someone’s else’s rush hour. Everyone but you is going to work, it seems. What a glorious feeling, sipping your coffee with a book and a map spread out on the counter, planning a day that is as empty as your coffee spoon.
Barcelona, Rome, Nyon and Paris’ Boulevard Raspail; we make it a point to find the market in any new place we go to. What better way to check out a culture, to see how these people eat, shop, and socialize? If it’s going to be awhile until your next trip, try this: take a trip to your market, and check out the Fatted Calf stall. Why, it’s practically a trip around the world on one chalkboard. In the sausage section alone you can start out down Mexico way with some Chorizo, make a quick stop in the south of France for some Toulouse, pop over to Italy for some Calabrese, and maybe, a jaunt over to Marseilles for some oh-so-savory-lamb-and-pork Merguez. And you actually live here. Lucky.
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Saturday, October 22, 2005
Hoffman Farm Quail Stuffed with savory pork sausage and greens
Pork Crepinettes with Chanterelle Mushrooms
Mexican Style Chorizo
Pates, Confits & Terrines
Duck Liver Mousse
Guinea Hen Terrine
Petit Sec Aux Herbes
Spanish Style Chorizo
Other Meaty Goods
Glace de Viande
Sugo di Carne