Sunday, August 05, 2007

Music Abounds at the Saturday Market

* Note ~ This Blog is not necessarily on chronological order.

I just had to mention the musicians that were present today from the Cello player...

... to Banjo Man ...

... to the off beat trio playing "Hey Diddle Diddle." They were all very good and the trio was as energetic as a mongoose fighting a cobra.

We parked in our usual spot across from the alley next to the Hotel Smeede.

The Hotel Smeede has some ground floor windows that look into a very nice art gallery and from the inside look out on the alley.

At the end of the alley is a cool looking building in a blue-grey with lots of angles, white trim, and one red door.

It also have a rather over planted patio at the entrance.

To say the booth operators are colorful is an understatement.

The chillies were colorful.

The honey sticks were even more colorful.

Even the veggies were at high color.

I took a couple of close ups of the garlic and ...

... something that looked like Brussels Sprouts but my neighbor Scott says it is something else a tomatillo pepper. Soooo try this recipe:

Corny Tomatillo-Red Pepper Soup (Mexican)
Chunky, colorful, and with a pleasantly sour undertone to the sweet summer corn, this mostly all-New World soup is an excellent stimulant to appetites that flag in the summer heat. Serve hot to 6-8 people as a first course.

* 1 Tablespoon corn oil
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 5 tomatillos, husked and quartered
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 ears fresh corn, corn sliced off and divided two into equal piles
* 4 cups vegetable stock
* 3 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
* 1 Tablespoon corn oil
* 2 large red bell peppers, diced
* 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped fine
* 1 Tablespoon sugar
* salt and pepper

Garnish: A tomato, cilantro sprigs, and green onions, chopped into a relish with lime juice

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a saucepan on high, then sauté the onion, tomatillos, and garlic for about 5 minutes, until softened. Stir in half the corn kernels, 3 cups of stock, and the cilantro. Heat to a boil, then purée in a blender, solids first.

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large saucepan on high, then sautée the red pepper and jalapeno pepper for about 5 minutes, until softened. Pour the purée back into the pot and stir in the rest of the corn, the remaining 1 cup of stock, and the sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Chop the tomato, cilantro, and green onion into a relish, squeezing on lime juice.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and swirl the relish through each.

Some of the buildings around this market have lots of character and even more bricks.

Here is another look at the Hotel Smeede and gallery inside.

Of course the front of the Smeede is a little dressier...

...and you can even get a haircut next door.

So where do you go after the Farmer's Market? To PC Market of Choice for a couple of pounds of shrimp.

Scrabble Score ~ Scrabble Queen +? the Contender -? (I'm just guessing because the Queen was being humble and didn't mention the score - my guess is she won by at least 50 points)

Quote of the Day ~
"I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness." ~ James Thurber (1894 - 1961) was a U.S. humorist and cartoonist. Thurber was best known for his contributions (both cartoons and short stories) to The New Yorker magazine. Dorothy Parker, contemporary and friend of Thurber, referred to his cartoons as having the "semblance of unbaked cookies."

Here is one of his cartoon images.

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