Fall 2016 Salute...Food, Life and New Adventures
So long Fall. You brought many challenges this season but to be fair you also shared a plethora of creative mischief right along side. Thank goodness for the inspiration. Thank You for the bounty of food from Bloomsbury Farms. They were super Delightful, Amazing, Awesome, Superb I could go on and the many veggies procured in each CSA basket were undeniably a REAL treat. I am now proficient in slow cooker creations and have a freezer full of love to prove it. Thank You both for feeding me. Thank You as well for the richness of color through your seasonal transition reminding that every season has it's symbolic purpose. So here's me bidding to you a fond and beautiful farewell as I continue on to share the creative adventures from which you inspired and a final Thank You for entrusting me to tell a piece of your visual story.
Baskets and Prep
This Fall season brought an amazing opportunity to get farm fresh real in the kitchen. Each week I would drive to the Franklin Farmers Market and pick up my weekly CSA basket from Bloomsbury Farms. You absolutely must check them out. They're whole vibe is outstanding. The time and love put into their efforts is quite evident and is what truly made this CSA journey so special.
One of the nice things about a basket full of veggies was all the extra bits that you can use to create homemade stocks. The start of a good soup is in it's base and to create delicious elixirs right at home is far better. I've got a few pictures of ones I made below but I assure you there was a stock on the stove brewing everything basket.
Soup & Salad
Slow Cooker Love was the name of the game this fall season. There were soooooo many variations. Every Veggie got used. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrot, Kale, Radish, Turnip, Sprouts, Cabbage, Sweet Potato, Poblano, Jalapeño, Kohlrabi, Arugula, Field Greens, Mizuna, Spinach, Peppers and Honey. Check out each adventure below in all its glory.
All meals come with a sidekick to help complement the enjoyment and flavors. This season brought Dehydrated Kale and Radish Chips, Pickled Jalapeños, Sweet Potato Fries, Mini Corn Muffins, Thanksgiving Fare, and a lovely surprise jar of Farm Honey from Bloomsbury Farms. They snuck this one into the last basket and my my was I happy gal. Local Honey is super good and good for you.
Occasional sweet treats with(for) dinner is yummy. OK...more than occasionally. Perhaps the overdoing of sweets is what I meant. Well ok sometimes that happens too. This Fall brought lots of Cookie baking and one round of Doughnuts. Still working out that recipe but the Cookies were solid. I love Eat Pastry's Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Amazing right out the container but the dough works also as a base for additions such as Nuts, Toasted Coconut...you name it. I also worked out a Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie recipe that I transformed many times over. Most of the cookies below are from those adventures. But check them ALL out.
By far one of my favorite activities is spending creative meditation time with food. The journey is so rewarding. It's like painting a picture using nothing but composition, camera, and solitude. Below I'll leave you with a few of my Fall portrait moments. Happy Beautiful Fall:)