Thursday, July 12, 2007

OLS dinner 2007 03

One Local Summer 2007, Dinner Menu 03
  • Fried green bell peppers (from our Blooming Glen Farm CSA crop share - 5 miles), purple bell peppers (DelVal College - 12 miles), onion (also Blooming Glen), seitan (Ray's Seitan in Philadelphia - 37 miles) and a splash of DelVal's own barbecue sauce, atop a sliced heirloom tomato (Blooming Glen) and wrapped in a complet baguette (Baker's on Broad - 0 miles). Nonlocal ingredients used: olive oil.
  • Fresh red cherries (bought by kah for me at her CSA, Pennypack, who imported them from Lancaster, PA - 84 miles) and yellow cherries (Windy Spring Farm - 15 miles).
  • A cold salad made from raw red beets and very quickly steamed-then-cooled carrots, green string beans (all Blooming Glen) and yellow string beans (Windy Spring). Nonlocal ingredients used: vinegar.
  • The classic in these parts, Yuengling Lager (Yuengling Brewery - 68 miles).
It's obscenely hot around here, and so I've been anticipating an easy sammich, raw side dishes and icy cold beer OLS dinner since Sunday. Bakers on Broad makes my favorite bread each Wednesday and Sunday. Complet is made from organic quinoa, spelt, amaranth, millet, brown rice, white flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, salt and vitamin C powder, making it nutritionally fulfilling, or complete. Those bakers. So clever. Especially the French ones.

I went in this morning to get my a loaf of complet and a baguette for my OLS hoagie-style sandwiches, and who knew? They had a complet baguette. Brilliant! Actually, as it turns out, the baguette was a bit heavy for how I used it. Next time, I'll hollow it out.

My favorite part of tonight's meal was a side of cool veggies. I steamed-for-just-a-minute, some green and yellow string beans and carrots, added raw beets (all julienned) and let everything cool in the fridge until it was time to eat. If this weren't my local meal, I probably would have added slivered almonds and a sesame oil dressing, but instead I simply sprinkled on a few drops of vinegar before eating. The result was chilly and crisp - a perfect compliment to the spicy sandwich. Also, it looked real pretty.

So, that's it - my number three meal is done! If you're interested in seeing what other people are cooking and creating, visit OneLocalSummer.blogspot. There, you can see the meal roundups each week, which are organized (mostly) by region:
  • New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
  • Mid-Atlantic (DE, NJ, NY, PA)
  • South (AL, AR, DC, GA, FL, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV)
  • Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, WI)
  • West (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
  • International
  • Latecomers
And be sure to check out the One Local Summer photograph pool at flick'r for photographs of OLS dinners, as well as farmers' market scores, garden bounties, pick-your-own trips and, of course, CSA shares.

Bon Appétit!


Taylor said...

Awesome local meal for a hot summer night. I like how you snuck in some local beer.

bazu said...

Oooh, OLS sounds so cool! I'm going to check it out. Your veggies and bread look SO scrumptious, and I love Yuengling. I only discovered it a couple of years ago when I moved to Syracuse!

frekur said...

Lager! Man I miss those... :)

Looks delicious... I don't like beets but I would have eaten them with a smile just to be near you! :)


Leslie said...

wonderful post, Mikaela

seedling said...

Looks absolutely delicious. So colorful, too. And now you've got me craving Yuengling... and it's not even noon!

meresy_g said...

Oh my gosh I wish we had a big city bakery near us. Le Bus would be super nice. Your meal looks great. At first glance I thought it was a cheesesteak :) which technically would be local for you.

Mikaela said...

Hip, hip, hooray for Yuengling! Love your comment, seedling :)

LeBus - nyuhm, nyuhm - has a kick ass veggie chili, meresy. You must give it a taste during your next venture to see them in Manayunk.

L, baby... you know there's always a seat for you at my table <3