This past Saturday, I had a minor meltdown searching for something to make for dinner that would please myself, Matt, and my mom. I really wanted to make this eggplant dish, but when I mentioned it to my mom, she responded with a half frown and an emotionless: "Eggplant isn't one of my favorites."
To Matt, I said, "I was thinking of making this baked eggplant dish unless you had an idea for something else?" to which he responded: "I'd probably rather have anything else."
I spent the next hour looking through cookbooks and getting more and more annoyed that I wasn't finding anything I wanted to make. At which point, I got up, announced that we were going to have the eggplant (dammit!) and I was going to the farmers market to pick up the ingredients. "Byeeee!!"
But as you can see from the above photos, I didn't end up buying eggplant. The sun was so bright and the air so hot and the tomatoes and plums so pretty, that I decided to make gazpacho and put my mom in charge of making another plum cake.
I know this is the way a lot of people shop. They go to the market and see what inspires them, but it's not typically the way I go about things, especially post-Teddy. (I now understand those women with their grocery carts so full they seem like they are about to topple over. They are moms who aren't sure if they'll ever get back to the grocery store again.) But I enjoyed my little stint as a farmers market wanderer and gatherer and hope to do it again from time to time, just as I'm enjoying writing this post centering on two recipes I've already made and written about before. The yellow gazpacho goes way back to 2009, back when I sometimes didn't even include a recipe. Here it is, though, in case you want to give it a try, and I recommend that you do. It's so refreshing and delicious. (I also recommend that you skip the step of straining it and that you eat it with lots of bread and possibly butter.) Oh, and word to the wise: the recipe says it serves six, but the three of us devoured our portions and could've eaten more.
Sadly, my mom has already come and gone. And doubly sadly, Teddy and I are both a little sick. But at least we have the long weekend ahead of us. Plus, Matt and I have a new "behind the scenes" (giant winky face) video to share. Hopefully, we'll post that on Tuesday. In the mean time, have a great weekend! xox