This weekend was a scorcher!! How did you spend it? I spent mine connecting with a couple of friends on saturday and taking it easy most of sunday because I woke up feeling really lightheaded and dizzy. I don’t think I did a good job with liquids yesterday – lots of strolling and chatting but probably not a lot of drinking. I had lots of fluids today to make up for it and stayed in bed for a good chunk of my sunday.
Early saturday morning, I got up around 7am and met up with a friend around 8:30am so we could head out to Evergreen Brickwork’s Farmer’s Market. I’ve heard great things about it and I’m so glad I was able to go this saturday. I was particularly excited because it was my friend’s first time going to a farmer’s market and I was glad to be part of this initial experience. It was a really hot day so we started off with some freshly squeezed juices (ginger, apple, carrot, beet) while we took our time to browse the vendors.
I snatched up some kale and swiss chard from Sosnicki Organics and some magenta lettuce from Everdale Farm. My plan is to use the kale in either in smoothies or stir fries and the magenta lettuce in salads.
There was a lot of vendors to see and a wide variety of produce and products for sale: including kale, chard, lettuce, cucumbers, garlic oil, fresh flowers, lavendar, ice pops, snow cones, mustard, blueberries, currants, radishes, beets, garlic,strawberries, strawberry tarts, cheese, sausages, fish, mushrooms, pies, baked breads, beauty products and much more.
There were lots of prepared foods too. Ali’s catering has lots of interesting goodies. Pictured above to the left is a beet baguette. If you are gluten free, dairy free or vegan, she has some baked bread loaves (or mini loaves) that should accomodate your diet. When I was doing my elimination diet, I would regularly go to Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market or The Stop’s Farmer’s Market at Wychwood Barn’s just to pick up a half or full quinoa loaf (when I couldn’t yet have wheat).
I settled on some Belgium waffles by The Waffle Bar because I’ve never had them before. I’ve seen them in the frozen aisle at my neighborhood grocery store, but they just don’t look as appetizing to me as FRESH belgium waffles. I noticed little spots of white in the batter. I asked the vendor that was making them what the little spots of white was and whether it was white chocolate. He told me that it was pulled sugar imported from Belgium. First time I ever heard of pulled sugar, interesting. Note: You’ll notice in the bottom left of the photo below the balls of batter on the blue lid with the pulled sugar waiting to go into the waffle maker.
After biting into these, I was certain I’ve never had these before. These had a texture that was chewy like a baguette and not like the pancake batter-like ones we have at dessert places. I thought it was interesting having the little bits of crunchy pulled sugar. I’m not sure if I needed it, but I didn’t mind it. I really enjoyed the local strawberries, the whipped cream, icing sugar on top.
After something sweet, I wanted something savoury. We had seen burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches and empanada’s. But I had seen people wandering around with interesting looking dumplings so I wanted to find this vendor.
We found My Little Dumplings which rotates global flavoured dumplings every week. This week it was Morrocan Chickpea, Jerk Chicken or Arctic Chard. All sounded good but we decided in the end on Jerk Chicken dumplings. I can’t help it, I love jerk chicken.
I asked the vendor (I found out today, when I looked up their website, I was speaking directly to the Chef Bashir), what goes into their dumpling skin and how do they prepare the dumpling. He told me that they use ground organic wheat flour and seasoned the flour with spices. The result of seasoning it with spices changes the colour of the skin. SOO COOL!! I also found out these little guys (at least the ones I ordered) were steamed. One of the other dumplings had black sesame in the skin – I thought the little black specked pattern looked familiar!
When we bit into these tiny morsels we were both exclaiming with how flavourful and moist these were. We were both surprised that the chicken wasn’t ground chicken but diced pieces of chicken covered in spices.
I had a great time at Evergreen Brick Works and can’t wait to go back. Try to make it out to Evergreen Brick Work’s one saturday morning if only just to check out the lovely farmer’s market and the food vendors. BTW, there’s lots more to do there, check out their site, fun for everyone!
How was your weekend?