Sunday, July 8, 2007
Sunday mornings I go to the Saint Paul Farmer's Market. The Saint Paul Farmer's Market is one of the nation's best. One thing that makes this market so special is that everyone who sells at the Saint Paul Farmer's Market has to grow or make the items within 50 miles of the Saint Paul City limits.
I try to eat seasonally. I can only try because this is Minnesota, and the growing season allows for fresh vegetable from about May to October. I try to get all the week's produce, flowers, some meat and cheese from the FM. This is what I got for this week.
Sweet corn showed up for the first time this season today. Corn is a grain, not a vegetable so I only eat it when it is in season or when it is a corn chip.
This week I made some Curried Sweet Corn Stew. It has Sweet Corn, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Chicken (i don't believe the thing about it making you weak), Tomatoes, Garlic, Ginger and Curry Power from Penzy. It is a little on the spicy side, so it might be best served over a grain like rice or quinoa. I also made a yogurt sauce with lemon, basil and green onion for a garnish. Generally I like to leave curry to the experts... the Indians, North Africans and Asians. Curry powder and paste is medicinal (good for inflammation), so occasionally I make exceptions.
The Chinese say that chicken supplements the qi (chi) and blood, warms the internal, and invigorates the kidneys; treats poor appetite and diarrhea. We don't eat chicken often... it just happens to be a coincidence that we are having it both this week and last week. I think it is the warm weather that is making it appealing to me.