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market monday! errrr… thrusday!

October 8, 2009

VEGMOFO

*theme*FAIL*

it was so very optimistic of me to think i could handle MOFO’n themes.  no way am i that methodical or capable of separating emotion from writing blog posts.  it was funeral this monday, so today i wish you a happy market monday on this thursday! 

the Urban Harvest Bayou City Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite local farmer’s markets in Houston.  it’s held every Saturday morning 8 to noon, rain or shine.  Houston’s no Portland, sniff, sniff, but we do have a mighty fine selection of farmer’s market pleasures. 

my market morning always begins at the Katz Coffee tent.  i try to remember to bring my own special Tsunami Warrior travel coffee mug, but even when i forget he provides me a recyclable container and refuses to let me pay for refills.  “This ain’t Starbucks, m’am, help yourself!”  so i do, and i tip generously each time i return.  aside from supporting a local, high quality business and free refills, what i love most about Katz is that there is always soy milk creamer sitting out next to your standard variety dairy creamers.  this is the only coffee establishment in houston i’ve not have to ask, much less pay *ahem*Starbucks*ahem*banlist*** for something other than cow’s milk.  YEEEEEAAAAAA KATZ!!!! 

actually, now that i think more about it, all of the vendors at this great market were ready to talk vegan with me.  YEEEAAAAAAAA  Farmer’s Markets!!!!!!!

eggplant1

“excuse me, sir…”

squash rockstar

“i like your squash.”

eggplant2

“what?  try your eggplant?  i don’t know…. i’ve never had very good luck with those.”

“let Mama tell you.”

egglplantmam

“you will not fail at eggplant again.”

buying

“sold.  i’ll take a papaya and a butternut squash while we’re at it.  thanks.”

once shopping was done, we listened to live music while we enjoyed more coffee and a breakfast of farmer’s market fresh pear sorbet from the Trentino Gelato tent. 

for dinner, i followed Mama’s directions to prep the eggplant and concocted this beautiful dish:

 eggplantdish

Mediterranean Inspired Eggplant Saute

Eggplant, peeled, cubed and soaked 1-2 hours

Garlic, chopped

Roasted red peppers, sliced thinly

Olives, pitted and sliced

Fresh basil leaves, chopped

balsamic vinegar to taste

aside from the soak time, this was a super quick meal.  first, i sauted the eggplant and garlic in a bit of olive oil, salt to taste.  once i was moderately comfortable that the eggplant was about cooked, i added the other ingredients and let the balsamic vinegar cook away.  took maybe 10-15 minutes total.  once complete, i emptied my eggplant from the pan, added a touch of oil and sauteed spinach and chopped garlic in the same pan.  the spinach only took about 2-3 minutes, i like it barely wilted.   i thought the pair made perfect compliments.

i’m still acquiring a taste for eggplant.  the first couple bites were different.  the rest of it i quickly scarfed down and determined the dish to be SO YUMMY!  a definite repeat for my collection.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2009 2:42 pm

    That eggplant looks great.

  2. fortheloveofguava permalink
    October 9, 2009 10:25 am

    😦 totally missing my trips to farmer’s market… thanks for letting me tag along!!!!

    (soaked eggplant huh? interesting… just to soften it up?)

    • maya938 permalink*
      October 9, 2009 12:46 pm

      i read somewhere that soaking it in water (after peeling and slicing) helps reduce the bitter taste some eggplants have. mama agreed i should soak it. i’m a newbe on the eggplant.

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