Farmers’ Market Feast

Originally posted May 8, 2010

To update you on what I’ve been eating and drinking, I will begin with a fabulous weekend I spent a few weeks ago with out-of-town friends. Two of them being from out of province I of course wanted to impress them with not only my superb culinary abilities, but also a bit of Nova Scotia’s delicious seafood, like any good Maritimer.

I excitedly planned my trip to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market, picturing Indian Point mussels as the feature dish. Personally I enjoy steaming them in a broth of green Thai curry and coconut milk (along with fresh garlic, hot peppers of your choice, lots of fresh chopped cilantro, and onions). At five dollars for three pounds of these flavourful little treats, you can’t go wrong!

Also, I picked up smoked salmon (cold) from Mike’s Fish Shop to put together some crostinis. Delicious smoked salmon laid atop spread Ran-Cher Acres dill goat cheese, topped with fresh chopped chives and cracked black pepper. Seven grain baguette from Le Vendeenne for this, of course.

Said baguette also provided a base for Mediterranean-inspired (yet somehow highly Nova Scotian) bruschetta crostinis. Topping these was a mixture of fresh tomato, garlic, green onion, artichoke, chopped fresh local basil and a generous portion of crumbled Ran-Cher Acres goat feta.

This was a long and drawn out feed (my favourite kind) with me cooking and then pausing to eat each course. The drinks were flowing and everyone was cheerful. A great night all around! Hope to have more of these, on patios of course, all summer long.

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