Saturday, July 07, 2012

Breakfast radishes, tomatoes and more

The selection of seasonal produce during the summer gets better and better every week. This week, I was back at the Francisville Farmer's Market to check out the goods. With the temperature in Philadelphia hovering around 99 degrees all week, I had a feeling I'd find hefty green zucchini batons. Maybe even a few of those lovely white tipped breakfast radishes would still be around at Bob and Jill Goulet's stand. Does anyone know how breakfast radishes got their name? These crunchy mildly spicy radishes are delicious, but their flavor would be a bit much first thing in the morning.

This week, I'll have a few guests over for one of my new favorite mezze treats: Topless Chipotle Goat Cheese Sliders. Thinly sliced zucchini and curly breakfast radish ribbons add the perfect final touch! They make them look so darn irresistible.

The variety just kept on going at the market. Looking at the range of colorful produce available at every stand, it was tough to stick to my list. Around this time of year, before it gets consistently hot, I expect to see spinach, kale, tomatoes and zucchini squash. But the bounty just went on and on. Garlic scapes, perfect little fresh white onions and scallions were a surprise I didn't expect to see. I had planned to make potatoes gratin but when I saw the garlic scapes and scallions, my mind immediately envisioned a Spanish tortilla de patata with finely chopped garlic scapes and scallions. Yum!

Then there was the fruit! Black raspberries, apricots, sugar plums, purple plums, yellow plums, peaches. Since it has been very warm all spring, it seems like the trees are giving fruit much earlier this year.

This week's menu at the house will include:

  • Sage Potato Gratin and Mixed Greens Salad
  • Watermelon Slushie
  • Peachy Green Smoothie

Lunch on the go

  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cucumber and Spinach Sliders
  • Sundried Tomato and Watermelon Chunky Gazpacho and Tortilla Chips

  • Tortilla de Patata with Garlic Scapes and Scallions
  • Topless Chipotle Goat Cheese Sliders: Baby Red Beet, Zucchini and Breakfast Radish
Special Afternoon Refresher
  • Black Raspberry, Apricot and Honey Spritzer

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