We’ve been away on several trips, one after the other, andÂ have had numerous Local Summer meals en route and when staying with friends. None of which I was able to photograph (well enough), and few of which I remember in detail (as in ingredients, let alone mileage!).
I do have a picture of today’s mostlyÂ local meal, though (cooked, finally,Â at home):
- All organic and local (within 100 miles):
- Sicilian roasted pepper and eggplant salad (recipe from Silk Road Cooking): green pepper, eggplant,Â garlic, goat cheese
- Mushroom dish: squash, leek, onions, garlic
- Homegrown (within 3 feet):
- Cilantro in eggplant saladÂ
- Oregano, dill andÂ basil in mushroom dish
- Not local:
- Spices: salt, pepper, cumin powder, paprika, cayenne, sugar
- Olive oil
- Organge juice (an ingredient in the Sicilian pepper and eggplant dish)
- Grains and rice (Near East Whole Grain – roasted pecan and garlic: our favorite quickie, but I’mÂ on the lookout for a homemade and potentially more local alternative)
- This week’s lesson
There’s nothing like being back home and cooking in one’s own kitchen (however much of a mess it is)!
So many “exotic” recipes – like the ones I am trying from the wonderfulÂ travel adventure, food history and cook book by Najmieh Batmanglij, Silk Road CookingÂ – can be made locally. The ingredients are often readily available (around here, at least), only the spices can pose a problem (see above). Still, those spices can be the something precious, luxurious and specialÂ that makes us dream of far away places and thatÂ puts our “local” meal, and place, into perspective…
Enough ruminating: dessert!
Local peaches and blueberries