Posts Tagged ‘Market’

Spring Veggie Risotto with Spot Prawns and Scallops

May 25th, 2010

Fresh seafood

I love markets.  I especially love springtime farmers’ markets – something that has been lacking in my life since I moved back to Southern Alberta.  While there are plenty of bakers, canners and meat producers who have things to sell in the winter, the Lethbridge market closes between October and May due to a perceived lack of shoppers.  No fresh produce seems to equal no market in these parts.

Appetizer board

When I got out to Vancouver, I spent an afternoon at the Granville Public Market, shopping for ingredients for a “thank you” supper for my sister and her boy.  After a preliminary cruise around the stalls, I settled on a nice springtime risotto with seafood to reflect my stay in the city.  Dinner was preceded by an appetizer board featuring olives, cheese, beer sausage, bread, fiddleheads and smoked mackerel from various stalls around the market.

Spring green risotto with scallops and spot prawns

(the following is the risotto recipe for 3 people)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 cup Arborio rice
3 cloves garlic, crushed and thinly sliced
1 cup white wine
3 cups vegetable stock
1 handful broccolini, tops separated from stems
1 handful asparagus, tops separated from stems
3 tbsp fresh basil, thinly sliced

1 tbsp olive oil
9 scallops, patted dry
6 spot prawns, rinsed and patted dry

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter in the olive oil until it melts.
Add the rice and stir until it toasts and turns a light brown.
Add the garlic and cook until soft but not browned.
Pour in the white wine, stirring until absorbed.
Add the first cup of vegetable stock, stirring slowly while it absorbs.
Stir the vegetable stems into the rice with with the second cup of stock.
At this point, heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan, and arrange the seafood in a single layer.
Add the veggie tops and basil to the risotto with the last cup of stock, stirring while keeping an eye on the seafood.
Turn the seafood once after 2-3 minutes – that’s all it should take per side to get a nice sear on the scallops and to make sure the prawns are cooked through but not rubbery.
Plate everything up and serve with the rest of the bottle of white wine.  (I think we went with a bottle of Naked Grape Pinot Grigio.)

Vancouver Slideshow

May 19th, 2010

I’m back from a long weekend trip to Vancouver.  I’ll be blogging about some of the restaurants I visited in the next few days, but until then, here’s a slideshow of some of the food photos I took:

Farmers’ Market – last of the summer veg

August 22nd, 2007

I’m heading back to Halifax next week, so this Saturday was my last chance to visit the local farmers’ market. Mom and I picked up a nice pile of vegetables, and a big bunch of gladiolus – the city’s official flower.

The haul:

  • red potatoes
  • green and yellow beans
  • peas
  • cocktail tomatoes
  • strawberries
  • coral/yellow gladiolus

I probably should have picked up a loaf of bread from the Organic Grains Bakery (made with spelt and ground flax) and a nice fat Walla Walla onion, but my market bag was getting very full, and we were due for breakfast with the grandparents. I’ll just have to buy some bread from the Mennonite lady at the Halifax market, instead.

More of my thoughts on the market can be read at Food for Thought, the Food Network Canada blog.

The Halifax Farmer’s Market

September 30th, 2006

I absolutely love the Halifax Farmer’s Market.  I still tend to get a little lost while I’m wandering around, but it leads to interesting discoveries.  The vegetable harvest is apparently going very well in Nova Scotia this year; every stall had piles of produce, and prices have gone down from two weeks ago.  I picked up some Swiss chard, zucchini, hummus and cranberries, and was sorely tempted to grab a couple of squash.

The website says the market continues year-round, so it will be fun to watch it change as winter descends upon Halifax.  I imagine the bakery stalls will keep going strong, as will all the artisan tables.

Adventures at the Farmer’s Market

August 26th, 2006

Farmer's Market: August 19, 2006 

I was going to post about the Farmer’s Market last week, but time’s been slipping away from me a little too quickly this past month.  I bought some great stuff with just $25 last Saturday:  green and yellow beans, field cucumbers, ginger-pear jam, perfect little eggplants and Hutterite egg noodles.  I’ll be making chicken soup with what’s left of the beans and the noodles later this week.

Farmer's Market:  August 26, 2006

This week’s haul was much smaller, but I’m still pretty excited about it.  The strawberries come from Broxburn Vegetables, the poofy white bread and brussel sprouts are from the Hutterites (though I couldn’t tell you which colony) and the honey is from an apiary started by one of my high school classmates.  I had smoe this morning on the bread, and it was fabulous.  The dandelions give it a nice, rich taste – much stronger than a clover honey.

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