Saturday, March 17, 2007

Davis Farmer's Market, back from hibernation.

Originally uploaded by monkeycat!.

It's time again. The Farmer's Market in Davis comes back to life in the spring when the farmers have more to offer than winter greens and apples. I bought a bunch of asparagus and a pound of king oyster mushrooms.

The asparagus were extremely tender - I only had to break off maybe 1cm of the ends. The mushrooms were so different than oysters. The man from Solano Mushroom Grower's, when I asked what to expect from these king oyster mushrooms, told me that they were like mild porcinis. Was he ever correct. They are so meaty its unsettling sometimes to think that I am eating mushrooms and not steak. I sauteed those with some garlic in olive oil for 3 or 4 minutes.

Antonia and I and Tilden went on a picnic with our comestibles to the Putah Creek Canal Reserve - just south of the vineyards on campus. There are picnic benches there and Tilden could roam around on his extended (50 ft.) rope-leash. All in all, a wonderful day.

Now, time to study.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Head Trained Vines

Head trained vine
Head trained vine
Originally uploaded by monkeycat!.

These were taken out at the Oakville Research Station in Oakville - a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley. Grape vines seem to be as beautiful pruned as they do with foliage.

The direction of Greg's Food

So, I'll get to the point quite quickly. I've decided to expand Greg's Food somewhat to encompass my other passion - photography. Henceforth, Greg's Food will be Greg's Food (and photography).

If anyone has an objection, please don't let me know. Just kidding.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Sunday Night Dinner

Originally uploaded by monkeycat!.
Here is tonight's dinner. We totally ran out of food today. We looked around our pantry for what we could make, and I think the best we could come up with was plain rice or plain pasta. We were totally out of food. So, as always when we come upon the rice or pasta realization, we head out to Nugget. I decided that we should try a flank steak for dinner - the weather is beautiful and flank steak is cheap. So, I went past Wynne's house and picked up the briquettes that I left there after the barbeque at her house on Friday night, and I went to work. I also picked up some sweet onions and portabellas at the market. So, dinner ended up consisting of:

Flank steak - medium-rare with paprika, salt and pepper.

Grilled portabella mushrooms.

Grilled sweet onions.

Couscous with parsley.

A 2005 Chateau de Ségriès Cotes du Rhone - very fruity, but not much else - just fine for the price.

What a wonderful thing - to be able to sit outside for dinner at the beginning of March in Davis - I'm still convinced that this is the beginning of the end - global warming has finally caught up with us.