I was at the markets yesterday and was surprised by the lack of people. Only halfway through shopping did I realize next week was a huge holiday week and people are probably heading out of town and therefor not stocking up. There was less of a selection at the market but I still found some interesting things. First up top are some nice long thai chillies. I will have to do a curry or perhaps a stir fry to use them. Also at the market, from one of my absolute favorite stands at Salcedo, Gil Carandang had lots of kale which I snapped up despite only vaguely knowing how to use it in a bean and kale soup… He suggested I just stir-fry it and that sounded like an easy and nutritious idea.
I also spied some herbs that I decided to stock up on without any specific use in mind. There was terrific fresh dill, great for cucumbers, sour cream and dill or for a lemon dill sauce for seafood or a dill mayonnaise with shellfish. There were nice chives, a really unusual find that you just can’t count on at all since the supply is so erratic and they are perfect for baked potatoes with butter or sour cream and chives, or as a garnish for other dishes. There was also rosemary, the nice hardy type as opposed to the anemic looking versions I grow in our garden…it was aggressively pungent and screaming to be stuffed in a chicken or tied around a roask pork tenderloin…
Finally, there were these really small red capsicums about two to three inches tall. Not sure what I am going to do with these but stuffing them with a really flavorful mix of minced meat, or sausage and herbs sounds good to me. Alternatively, I could roast them whole and serve them with a generous slice of fresh mozzarella, some olive oil and a drizzle of really good balsamic vinegar. Throw in a few slices of prosciutto and its a terrific starter or appetizer… You just have to keep your eyes out for interesting and or really fresh ingredients in the markets…our local markets have really gotten significantly better over the last few years!