Earlier this year I had the idea to post weekly pictures of my market purchases and use them to keep a kind of cooking diary of recipes or ideas on how to use up all those vegetables. I have been posting the market photos on Flickr but I kept forgetting to photograph the dishes themselves. My MoFo resolution is to do a better job of keeping track of those, but first, here’s a catch-up post with a few produce photos from the past months.
From the market: bananas (€1), round yellow and green courgettes (€1), three bunches of fresh parsley and coriander (€1), carrots (€1), fennel (€1), redcurrants (€1), four artichokes (€1), and two large bok choys (€1).
How we ate all this: artichokes with vinaigrette, a redcurrant cake, oatmeal porridge with bananas and redcurrants, chickpea flour pancakes with fresh herbs, and lots of soups and stir-fries with the rest of the vegetables.
Apparently this soup (with miso, bok choy, udon noodles, carrots, bok choy, and edamame) is the only one of those things I caught on photo.
From the market: a bag of spinach (€1), a pineapple (€1), many tiny artichokes (€1), garlic (€1.50), a bunch of rocket greens (€1.25), yellow peppers (€1), red onions (€1), strawberries (€1), and four star fruits (€1).
How I used them: fruit smoothies, pizzas, spinach salad, marinated artichoke hearts, rocket pesto, a sweet and sour stir-fry with pineapple, yellow pepper, bok choy, and tofu, and a coconut cake with star fruit.
These artichokes had already dried out quite a bit, but I’d never found such small ones before so I didn’t want to pass them up for that price. In the end I removed almost all of the leaves and stems and boiled just the hearts. Then I marinated them in olive oil with garlic and herbs and used them on pizza, in salads and in sandwiches. That way I ended up with a large batch of fancy artichokes hearts for not much more than €1.
I had never bought star fruits before and when I came home and tried a piece, I didn’t love them. After a few days, though, the green fruits turned yellow and they became much sweeter and juicier. I used the final pieces to top this coconut cake. Not bad! But I still think their looks were more impressive than their taste.
From the market: 2 bunches of fresh coriander and parsley for €1, carrots for €1, three leeks for €1, two heads of cauliflower for €1, lots of grape tomatoes for €1, peaches for €1, two heads of lettuce for €1, courgettes for €1, lots of pears that you almost can’t see in the picture for €1, and two boxes of strawberries for €2.
And this is how we ate it: all kinds of salads, pizzas, strawberry ice cream, creamy cauliflower soup with leeks, dumplings, and chickpeas, lentil soup with vegetables, focaccia with tomatoes and parsley pesto, and a kind of shepherd’s pie with vegetables and cauliflower mash. (The picture looks sunny but it rained a lot during the days afterwards, hence the soups and cauliflower bake.)
Most weeks we just eat the fruit as is. I like making cakes and muffins, but I can’t think of many recipes that truly make my favourite fruits taste better than they already do. However, this time there were quite a few fruit flies in the kitchen trying to get to the fruit before me, so we had to use everything extra quickly.
In this salad, for example (with a peach, lettuce, red onion, courgette ribbons and chopped almonds).
And OK, this chocolate cake (with pears, chocolate ganache, and sugar-coated almonds) was definitely worth sacrificing a few fresh pears as well. The base was an experiment that ended up more like a brownie than a cake and I was 100% fine with that.
These were some of my favourite market finds of the past few months. A more recent market/cooking diary should be coming up soon!