Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cutie Clafouti


Two weekends ago, I braved the farmers' market, again, with my spirited and lively boys. We ate our way through strawberries and blackberries, negotiated with the blueberry farmer over his plastic clamshells while he shoveled "samples" into my boys' mouths, found the pastured eggs sold out already, nibbled through pluots and necatrines and engaged in a little flute playing with a zuchinni - to mommy's surprise. I was buying lemon cucumbers, corn and heirloom tomatoes at the time. Guess who got to buy some zuchinni. And, after my five year old created his own "samples", some rainier cherries that were neither ripe nor organic.

Those cherries sat neglected in our fridge. No one really wanted to pucker up with their sour juices. Finally, I decided they were either dinner or compost. Wielding my handy cherry pitter (no guilt here, this thing is essential!), I tamed those little orbs and then followed this recipe to make cherry clafouti. I added the pitted cherries to local pastured eggs, raw organic and local cream, organic fair trade sugar, organic fair trade vanilla, zest from a backyard lemon, locally milled flour and non-local salt. End result, a cutie clafouti.

That night, we dined like the locally eating cuties we are on local organic corn, local organic peas, a locally baked baguette, local organic goat's milk brie (holy goat! that stuff is good), and local organic green beans. A simple meal, perhaps, but all the better to save room for one local clafouti.

11 comments:

wholefoodsfamily.wordpress.com said...

That looks delicious! And the dinner you put together sounds simple, yes, but elegant at the same time... simple elegance. That's the way I like it.

I'm on my way to our farmer's market this morning... I'm inspired. Now I know what to do if my little guy decides to create his own samples with the cherries =)

eco 'burban mom said...

Looks yummy to my tummy! And to your very, very hungry boy's tummies too I'll bet. Lesson learned, always FEED boys before foray to farmer's market, yes? Though, with boys there should be a warning label - feed hourly for best results!

Heather @ SGF said...

Delicious! I love the sound of the baguette and cheese.

Verde said...

Yum. I do love farmer's markets - I usually buy too much. We don't have any produce ready here.

My corn in 2" high.

Green Bean said...

Wholefoodsfamily: Thank you! And yes, you are set for the "cherry samples". Anything else though and I bid you beware! ;-)

EcoBurbs: Lesson learned indeed. And, as the mother of 4 boys, I consider your advice on boys golden. Therefore, I will attempt to feed hourly. Thanks for the warning.

Heather: Ahh, it was DELICIOUS! No better meal truly.

Verde: I usually buy too much too but we generally eat it or turn it into something. And don't worry. My corn is 2 feet high too. Apparently I planted it a tad too late in the season here.

Jennifer said...

Yummy!

I saw a small child of 2 at the farmers market at the strawberry stand on Tuesday; her mother was buying basil and spinach from the same lady, and the child was picking strawberries out of the sample bowl, eating them, and depositing the hulls in between the leaves of the little basil bunches. :) We bought the basil anyway.

Wendy said...

I'm a little jealous of all the fruit! I went to the Farmer's Market this morning. The only fruit available locally this time of year is rhubarb. I was told they had strawberries, but I was there too late in the day. We'll be going to the PYO strawberry fields tomorrow, and as I told the granola lady at the Farmer's Market this morning, we pick over 60 quarts per year for canning and freezing, because strawberry season comes but once a year, and lasts not nearly long enough here in Maine :).

Love the Clafouti! Wish I could get locally grown cherries.

ruralaspirations said...

Oooh, yummy. I'm so jealous of your bountiful California produce. Around here we're only JUST coming into berry season. Up until now it's been mostly salad greens and rhubarb (with some greenhouse tomatoes).

Oh, and thanks for the reference to fair-trade vanilla. I'm just about done with a huge bottle that has lasted me about 10 years. I'll be seeking out some fair-trade stuff for this next big purchase!

Green Bean said...

Jennifer: Ahh, you're going to be a great mommy!

Wendy: It certainly sounds like your seasons are a bit different than ours. I guess you've grown to love rhubarb! Happy canning of your strawberries. I bet you really treasure those in winter.

Rural Aspirations: Yes, I was delighted to find it. My vanilla came from Whole Foods, in case you have one of those near you. It was also organic to boot!

Melissa said...

that sounds more like dessert than dinner - which is perfect in my book!

Beany said...

Cherries are in season and I think I'm going to make this, this weekend. I found a recipe that might be the same one you used.

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