OK boys and girls, today is my first meal prepared for the Dark Days Challenge. Not that I haven’t been eating some local foods all along, but tonight’s dinner is special because it’s all about the local stuff!
Now, I like to pride myself in purchasing locally grown produce whenever possible, but I must admit that much of the other groceries I buy come from all over. I mean, it’s a little difficult to find local olive oil when you live in Scotland! But, I did some research and managed to find a few local (Scotland or elsewhere in the UK) staples to keep on hand – many of which will make appearances not only in my local-only meals but in my everyday meals as well. Those things include Scottish cooking oil, UK-sourced sea salt, and Scottish-milled flour – to name a few. I won’t go into all of them today but will try to tell you a bit about them as I use them. Or, at the very least, I will link to them so that you can read more if you want.
And with that, here’s what I had for dinner: My main course was pan-fried minute steak from Puddledub Buffalo Farms. I had wanted a fillet steak, but they only had large packs available by the time I arrived at their stall on the market, so I ended up with a less-than-ideal cut. But, cooked with a pinch of Maldon sea salt, it was pretty tasty! I also made a small potato-shallot-and-cheese concoction using Scottish-grown potatoes and shallots, layered with strong Scottish cheddar. I baked it in a small dish that was coated with Summer Harvest rapeseed oil (made in Scotland) and a light sprinkling of sea salt. Oh! And some lightly boiled Scottish-grown carrots for my veg.
Oh! And I can’t forget about the wine now, can I? I don’t generally buy (or drink) fruit wines, but Cairn o’ Mohr always has a booth at the Stirling Farmers’ Market and curiosity (and the need for local!) got the better of me. So, I bought a bottle of Bramble Wine. And it was very nice. Maybe next time, I’ll try one of their whites!
Anyhow, I’ve learned a lot this week about the foods that are available locally. This has also been a great excuse to experiment with food – which is what the potato thing was – and a great reminder about what a good cook I actually am. (But I wish I made a bigger pot of the potato stuff. That was way-yummy!!)
Of course, I seem to have forgotten to get myself something for pudding. Darn! Maybe next week…