Although we didn’t plan it in advance, the SO and I had a wonderful dinner on Saturday night that pretty much hit the “100 Mile Diet”…
A buddy of the SO called him on Thursday to come and pick up a 12kg (!) salmon caught that morning in a river just north of the city. It was a whopper…so much so that it had to be cut up just to fit into the fridge (even before scaling, cleaning and cutting into pieces for eating and freezing).
Then on Saturday morning, we set out on a long-planned trip to a well-known fabulous farmer’s market in a Mennonite community about 90 minutes east of us (St. Jacob’s) where I went crazy…30 lbs of tomatoes (which are now in the cool basement waiting to be canned next weekend), apples, pears, spinach, corn, sweet potatoes, dill…and the list goes on.
Even before we got to dinner that night, I made a gravlax (for the first time) out of some of the salmon; it has been curing since then and can’t wait to try it tonight. I will share photos and recipes…assuming all turns out.
Dinner on Saturday night was sweet potato and spinach dauphinoise, fresh salmon BBQ’d on a cedar plank (with lemon, peppercorns, onion and rosemary from the garden) and a salad made from the tomatoes we’ve been nurturing all summer.
Although it was amazing to realize how much of Saturday night’s dinner was local, it did make me think how we still rely on imports for some essential ingredients:
- Lemons (on the salmon and in the salad dressing)
- Pepper corns (in the gravlax and on the salmon)
- Aged Parmesan cheese (with the sweet potato and spinach, and on the salad)
- Olive oil (used throughout)
I think this means I just need to move to the Mediterranean 🙂