Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day in the life of this foodie

Sunday is almost over and today has beeen a foodie's dream -

Breakfast - Nova Scramble with green onion from Farmer John, arugula from Devi, eggs from Glades Ridge - Sweetwater coffee - Valencia orange juice

Lunch - tofu salad with celery, green onions, tamari, tahini, Wickles Pickles and celery - some cute cherry tomatoes from Saturday's 441 market - a bite each of a praline and this heavenly pecan caramel thingie from Savannah Sweets in St. Augustine

Dinner - Double Stuffed eggplant - eggplant from Eric, shallot, mushrooms, tofu and farmers cheese from Ward's, elephant garlic from Possum Hollow, walnuts and thyme - a carrot, zucchini salad - bread pudding with pumpkin and pears - Irish coffee

No more food tonight - now I have to go write up all the recipes for the November Hogtown HomeGrown!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Time to Cook

Home from vacation - cooler weather - and I'm ready to cook again. Just mixed up a batch of bread pudding to soak overnight before baking tomorrow. Planning a stuffed eggplant with nuts and cheese for dinner tomorrow night Contemplating when the weather will be cool enough for a pot of vegan potato scallion soup.

Had fun at the 441/Alachua County Farmers Market Sustainability Fair today. Thanks to Erika Henderson for inviting Hogtown HomeGrown to participate. We gave out samples of Prickly Pear Jam on Challah bread from Flour Pot Bakery and White Batard from Upper Crust. Talked to lots of people and did an interview with Brittany Perkins - she's writing a local food article - possibly for the Gainesville Sun.

Off to enjoy the cool weather and listen to the rest of the Gator game.....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dinner at the Columbia in St. Augustine

When I was five, my parents took me to the first Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City - wonderful food and atmosphere! During our many trips to St. Augustine, Jeff and I have always made a trip to the Columbia on St. George - even if it was to just pick up black bean soup and bread to take home for dinner.

Tonight was an adventure - we got dressed up and went to dinner. We ate on the second floor porch overlooking St. George Street, had a personable waiter named Ken and a wonderful meal. A bottle of crisp white wine - Vina Esmeralda by Torres from Spain - Caesar Salad, Cakes de Cangrejo (Blue Crab Cakes with Passion-Fruit Aioli) and hot Cuban bread to start. Jeff had Cannelloni de Langosta “Setes Portes” - cannelloni with lobster, scallops and shrimp in a rich sauce - very tasty! I had Snapper "Alicante" - a huge piece of fish with a brown gravy, onions and green peppers served with yellow rice - perfectly cooked, but a little salty. Jeff brought a piece of their Godiva Chocolate cake back to the room to have with Sweetwater coffee later.

Oh it is later and I'm going to ask for a bite of cake - bye for now!

To blog or not to blog?

In the age of internet-savvy people, blogging seems to be the next logical step for Hogtown HomeGrown. As I navigate the inner workings of my online world, I wonder - will anyone read my blog? To be sure, my friends on Facebook seem to love my posts about what's for dinner, as I love theirs, but is a relationship based on food sustainable?

I guess I am about to find anyone out there?