Don’t you love it when great food magically comes together with whatever you happen to have lying around? Last Saturday, we woke up to that perfect spring sunshine that makes you feel like you’ve got to spend the entire day outside…so we got dressed, grabbed a coffee and headed to the downtown farmers’ market. It was our first market trip of this season, and its live music, stalls brimming with gorgeous produce and general feeling of happiness made me wonder why I haven’t been going every weekend. First stop? TacoDeli‘s stand to fuel up on roasted veggie breakfast tacos, then off to the stalls to fill our bags with vegetables to grill with that evening’s steak. Of course, I couldn’t resist popping in a few extra treats from a couple of my favorite vendors, which is what inspired the spur-of-the-moment appetizer we savored that night on the patio…
It all started with this bread…a still-warm loaf of raisin-walnut from Texas French Bread. I’m telling you guys – this seriously might be my favorite bread ever. For those of you in Austin, it’s also available at their café’s on Wednesdays and Fridays…and for all you out-of-towners, well, now you know what to pick up as a souvenir on your next visit.
In the above pic, I’m falling in love with the honeydew lavender lemonade I snagged from Bola Pizza’s stand – topped off with Topo Chico, it was so refreshing, and I’m dying to recreate it at home. Anyway…back to the appetizer.
I knew I wanted something special to top my raisin-walnut bread, so we swung by the confituras stall where I proceeded to drool over every flavor on the menu. This locally-made small-batch artisanal jam is hands-down my favorite on the planet. Last year my cousin Sarah gave me the strawberry vanilla bean for Christmas, and I’ve been hooked ever since. This time, I was feeling the strawberry rhubarb.
That night, Adam and I sliced our bread, unwrapped the wheel of Saint Angel triple cream I had in the fridge, opened up our new strawberry-rhubarb and sliced a fresh plum. I set it all out on a big cutting board, and – you guys, it was the best appetizer – so simple and totally thrown together with what we had on hand. So while there’s really no “recipe” for today’s tasting, it was such a great reminder for me to occasionally put away the cookbooks, be spontaneous and think about how to combine fresh ingredients in a new way. You just might find that the most mouthwatering discoveries are born as a result…
What’s your favorite way to use up your loot from the farmers’ market?
*images by Camille