Thursday, June 18, 2009

Local Strawberries!

It's strawberry season here in Nova Scotia and boxes of fresh berries are available at V.J.'s fruit and vegetables in Liverpool Farmer's Market. Above, Sarah Jollimore, arranges the quart boxes of Bridgewater berries. The price is dropping as we head toward mid-season for the local berries.

Wild strawberries are also ripening and I picked and added these little gems to my bowl of cereal which also included uncooked rolled oats, diced apple, sliced banana, milk, and a bit of brown sugar.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Easy Cooking With Fresh Greens

Making Meals Ahead is soooooooo easy when using divided microwave-safe dishes. They can be frozen and enjoyed later when you are in a hurry or don't have the urge to cook. This plate contains ground beef stroganov on a bed of spaghettini, as well as carrots. While the meal was heating in the microwave, I cooked some Swiss chard that I bought from Valerie Jollimore at the Liverpool farmer's market. I added it to the heated meal and sprinkled it with salt, pepper, a bit of real butter, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Yum...some good!
My first experience with high tech cooking was in the 1980s when I bought a Panasonic Genius Micro-Convection oven. My newest microwave is also a Panasonic Genius. The "Genius" feature is a sensor that automatically heats the food until it is the right temperature. There's no need to program power and minutes...just click the sensor button.
This is a great time of the year to enjoy greens because they are coming straight out of the local farm market gardens such as Valerie's.!