Well I’m glad to report that the oven is back in action! Yes! So naturally, I’ve been hoarding a couple of recipes over the past week that involve the use of an oven. So on Saturday, I was in the kitchen for a good part of the day. I made a gluten free chocolate cake, some deliciously rich chocolate cookies, and even tried my hand at roasting chickpeas for a crunchy snack.
It was indeed topped off as a food filled weekend when I went to the Christchurch Food and Wine Festival with my BF’s mom. Oh it was a glorious couple of hours filled with tasting different kinds of olives, to munching on strawberries from France, and yes, even speaking French with the vendors! I guess I still remember some French after all! Ha ha. There was so much to take in and see and do and eat! I bought some locally made biscotti from the New Forest, Italian corn and rice couscous, French forest honey, dried apples covered in cinnamon, Italian cookies, and a German sausage for my lunch! My BF’s mom bought lots of goodies too for all of us to try–green olives stuffed with lemon, pâté, Italian cheese, and even a calzone. It’s the season for asparagus and rhubarb right now, so we picked up a bunch of asparagus for some soup for tomorrow night’s dinner. Tonight’s dinner will be some Sicilian stuffed rice balls and a ham and cheese calzone with a salad. My BF’s mom grows various salad greens in her garden out back, so we’ll be picking our own salad for dinner. You can’t get any fresher or more local than that! Delicious!
There is something so inspiring and engaging about going to food festivals/markets like these. I like seeing some fresh produce or fish and then thinking of a great meal to make with them. I like meeting the people that are the faces behind the product and knowing that I’m supporting the local guys.
Here’s some pictures I took at the market/festival with my mobile camera phone: