Yesterday was a really awesome day. It was really lovely weather, and Paul and I got up early and went to the St. Lawrence Market for the Sunday antique market. I’d never been before, and there was some really cool stuff there. AND! I got a quilt stand! I know, I know, you’re thinking “how old is this lady?! Ninety-five?!” because really, who buys quilt stands? Well, I do. I have this beautiful quilt I got last year in Montreal that’s more than a hundred years old and I love it and the backing is silk and I always want to look at it but I simply cannot sleep with it on my bed – I’ve done so on a few different occasions, and I’ve made existing tears bigger, and felt the backing rip over my feet. My mom has an antique quilt stand and I thought it was exactly what I need and then I stumbled right upon one yesterday! Mega score. Paul and I also bought a Super Nintendo with a whole bunch of games. After the market we were really hungry. Like low-blood-sugar-cranky-pants-hungry. I was too hungry to even think about what I wanted to eat, but Paul wanted savoury french toast.
So savoury french toast we had. When I later explained the concept of savoury (rather than sweet) french toast to my dear friend Mara, she cringed and pretended to vomit. To each their own, I suppose! Really it’s just adding a bit of salt to your egg/milk mixture (and herbs, if you want to ) and then varying your toppings. Instead of maple syrup, I had mine with this delicious fresh yellow tomato and sour cream. Paul had something strange like sour cream with ketchup and hot sauce. Either way, a delicious brunch.
Speaking of tomatoes, that yellow tomato came from Paul’s mom’s garden in Kitchener. He went home for a quick visit and came back with 3 litres of tomatoes for me. About half were red and half were low-acid yellow, so I decided it was definitely a bad idea to try and can the low acid ones. I had been intrigued earlier this summer by a recipe for a yellow tomato sauce on 101 Cookbooks and decided to try it out. The recipe was really very simple – as tomato sauces likely should always be – and it was more that I had never thought of making a sauce with yellow tomatoes before. But how pretty! I invited Mara over for dinner to see my new place and Paul and I made this yellow tomato sauce, also stealing the onion technique from this tomato sauce recipe from over at my other go-to food blog, Smitten Kitchen. I think I’ve now decided that cutting an onion in half and letting it simmer in with sauce is basically the most ingenious way to get onion flavour into sauces. Or soups for that matter, or who knows what else! I love it. I love this onion technique the way I love cobbler.
This sauce smelled so good while it was cooking. Paul and I both had our concerns that it wouldn’t taste nearly as good as it smelled, but it was actually really delicious. We sauteed and threw in some of my many CSA veggies at the end (namely a funny shaped yellow zucchini, spinach, and a store-bought portobello mushroom) in an attempt to use up the many veggies I’m having a hard time consuming now that I live alone (I’ve been giving away cobs of corn and bunches of beets!)
We had the sauce over pan-friend mini gnocchi, topped with parmesan, and served it alongside a simple salad of lettuce, grated carrot and pea shoots (also all CSA items) with delicious ACE bakery baguette.
And then we ate it on my back patio. It was awesome. And we had cobbler for dessert (again). This time it was peach rhubarb cobbler, and Paul thought it was better than the peach blueberry one, but I didn’t think so.
Then I left my camera sitting on the patio overnight and I’m pretty sure it rained and I KNEW when I was coming inside last night that there was something I meant to remember but couldn’t actually remember what that thing was and when I remembered this morning it was out there on the ground all soaked with beads of water but miraculously it seems fine. The reason that I went looking for it this morning was because I was making another something delicious for breakfast in honour of Paul’s first day back to school, and first day going to school full-time in a very long time. Again, in an effort to eat up some of my veggies I made corn pancakes! I used a Smitten Kitchen recipe again, which you can review here – though mine seemed to turn out quite differently – the batter was pretty runny, even though I added a generous extra sprinkling of flour at the end – and they turned out more like crepes than like puffy pancakes. But I didn’t mind, they were delicate and delicious and not too sweet so they were so good with maple syrup and coffee. And man, they fried up really nice and golden, which I must say is the most satisfying pancake-cooking experience.
So there you have it. A lot of really good foods in a short period of time. And well-balanced meals! And local fruits and veggies! A pretty great day off in every way possible.