Monday, June 01, 2009

A perfect sunday

That's a bold statement I know, but it was a lovely Sunday, and a perfect cap to 10 days away from work!

Let's get started.

Some fresh peas from the farmer's market. Sweet, tasty. Pleasant.

With less than two minutes of heat, a small bit of butter, mint, salt, pepper, lemon juice. Taste: ok. Smell: awful. They smelled like canned peas with less than two minutes of cooking. Blah. Well, we've tried them. Moving on.

Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Divine! The strawberries and romaine lettuce are from the farmer's market. I toasted the pecans for a quick bit on the stove top. The dressing includes one small, finely diced shallot, salt, pepper, a little sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. WOW. This was a great salad. The flavors worked so well together. Sweet, tangy, crunchy, perfect. Maybe a new favorite salad.

Course two! Grilled Mango-Ginger Chicken. Chicken thighs that were brined for the afternoon (soaked in a salt water solution for a few hours). The chicken was then tossed onto a very hot grill and allowed to char. Once the outside was starting to get crispy, I started coating the chicken with Mango-Ginger jam from the farmer's market. The flavors are wonderful. Slightly sweet, caramelized, crunchy. We'll be enjoying this more over the summer.

*If anyone is interested in the jam and is unable to get it from the Cheverly Community Market, I have the email address of the neighbor who makes the jam. It's great!

Stay tuned for the wines we enjoyed!


Smiling Mama said...

We're huge fans of Martha's jams, too. Can't wait for the next market to get this and try it on chicken! Thanks for the idea.

Dancer in DC said...

I try to like peas, but I've come to accept that I either want them fresh out of the pod, or not at all. The cooked ones tasted good, but it was hard to get past that smell.

The salad was soooo good! I highly recommend it. I had 2 bowls.

The chicken has become one of ScottE's grilled classics - it's hard to describe just how good it tastes. Thanks, Martha!

ScottE. said...

Smiling market, pick up a jar and give this a try. It's very satisfying. We even used some of the left over Mango-Ginger chicken in quesadillas. Wonderful.