dievca had her first experience with ordering fruit and vegetables from Whole Foods.
Her knee is still gimpy and the stores around her are too close for a cab ride and too far for a walk on her knee. So, she ordered online and had it delivered.
Buying fruit and vegetables is more personal than pasta or milk, dievca made her choices and hoped for the best. The shopper did pretty well. The peaches were a bit riper than dievca buys and the two heirloom tomatoes were HUGE. A single tomato barely fit into dievca’s hand.
The tomatoes needed to be used immediately, so dievca chopped BOTH of them into cubes combined them with a package fresh mozzarella pearls, then added fresh basil chopped with herb scissors, olive oil, red balsamic vinegar, and salt/pepper.
Master and dievca could only eat half the tossed salad, so dievca put the leftovers into the fridge for later.
When she pulled it out there was a lot of liquid and as a salad it didn’t appeal.
What to do?
Cod was on the menu within two days and dievca had seen recipes of Cod baked with tomatoes, so she decided to be creative. dievca removed the mozzarella pearls from the leftover caprese salad and marinated the wild caught cod with the salad liquid, tomatoes and basil. She then baked the cod, including the tomatoes and liquid, at 400 F (205 C) for 15 min. (she started with 10 min, but the liquid didn’t look like it was evaporating enough so she went to 5 min more) When the cod came out of the oven she put the mozzarella pearls on top to melt and added a dash of lemon juice.
She served the cod, tomatoes and cheese over plain white rice with a side of sautéed fresh sugar snap peas.
The meal was a success!
dievca thinks it worked because cod has a tendency to take on flavors very well.
she was very happy to use the rest of the heirloom tomatoes!
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas inspired by the Pioneer Woman blog recipe:
- Snap the stem end of the peas; pull the string off of the length of the pod, and discard. (you may need to do both sides of the pea – dievca did)
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and oil swirl to coat the pan. Add the snap peas, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir well to coat.
dievca remembers stopping by farm stands in the Midwestern Summers to buy fresh produce. There was even a place that dievca’s Mother found to dig up and buy mushrooms – a dark, musty space with soil.
As she was driving to the Delaware River dievca spotted similar stands along the road in New Jersey, she forgot to stop on her way back to NYC.
The NYC farm stands are not as good as the local ones, but they offer a reminder and convenient option to eat healthily.
Something of Use!