Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Food inspiration

At the weekend we went to a local farmer's market where I spent 20 euro and got a great amount of fresh produce.

I've become really jaded with tasteless supermarket produce, watery and rarely Irish. I had a look at the online organic fruit and veg delivery services but they seem to be quite expensive and you miss out on the fun of choosing yourself.

So me and my toddler went browsing the aisles of the food co-op and got mostly organic Irish seasonal goods. For the 20e (19 something) we bought:
2 heads of lettuce
2 leeks
1 bag carrots
1 orange squash
1 large beetroot
1 huge celeriac
1 fennel bulb
1 large ginger root
12 apples
16 small bananas

I've put most of them on view on the counter as you can see. I have almost kicked my habit of forgetting about things until they rot. I want to be inspired to cook delicious fresh meals every day or two. I'm planning on making roasted vegetables,  soups and stews.

Before I begin I have to Google celeriac and fennel, they are new to our kitchen. The celeriac reminds me of the squealing Mandrakes Harry Potter wrangles with:

Update: I've now made two batches of this soup below, family and friends love it so much. It's just an onion browned in butter, then you add chopped carrot, celeriac and orange squash and sweat the vegetables. Pour over some passata or tinned tomatoes,  add a little honey, thyme, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon. Salt and pepper to taste and cook on a low heat until it thickens a little. We had it once with rice, and tonight with baked potatoes, followed by apple crumble. 

The main problem I've found with preparing these time consuming meals from scratch is that my kids don't want to help cook, and so end up watching a tv for the afternoon while I cook and do the cleanup. Though I could have sat them at the kitchen table with pens and paper I just realised. 

What inspires you to cook?
Nee x

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