SUMMER NEW AND SUMMER OLD
“Summer’s here and the time is right for…” buying your produce at the grocery store? I hope not!
I am seeing a lot of old friends but also new faces when I make my stop at the local grocery stores in Uvita for my ration of club soda. But sadly, I am noticing a lot of grocery carts filled with equally sad produce taken from the shelves of these grocery stores (which shall remain nameless).
I would like to remind everyone, full timers and summer residents alike, that we have access to locally (!) grown organic produce at two Ferias here on the coast so that you don’t have to buy wilted goods trucked in from somewhere far away.
There is a farmer’s market at Citrus restaurant in Ojochal on Tuesday mornings and another in Uvita at the Rincon on Saturday mornings. Additionally there is the massive Feria in San Isidro on Thursdays and Fridays. Please join with me in supporting our local growers as well as treating yourself to fresher tastier veggies.
SUMMER NEW AND SUMMER OLD/SALAD DRESSING
A great way to utilize those organic lettuces you got at the Feria is with a big salad with a nice piece of organic fish or chicken on top. I like to serve mine with organic tomatoes, cucumber and delicious local hearts of palm. A piece of grilled fish on top is perfect. A squeeze of mandarina over the top is all you need for the perfect evening meal after a day at the beach.
This is a great basic salad dressing recipe that holds up in the fridge for days.
Food Processor or Blender
1 Whole Egg and 1 Egg Yolk;
1 TBS Dijon Mustard;
2 Oz. Good Red Wine Vinegar;
Juice of 2 Lemons;
6 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped;
Dash of Hot Sauce, Tabasco, or any other;
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
¾ Cup Good Olive Oil (Not Extra Virgin)
¾ Cup Canola or Light Cooking Oil
Put the first six ingredients, plus a good pinch each of salt and pepper into the food processor, turn the motor on and blend them well. With the motor running, begin to add the oil, first in a very slow but steady stream, and then bit by bit, more rapidly. As the oil is absorbed into the egg/mustard mixture you will hear the sound of the motor change slightly as your dressing begins to emulsify. If the dressing is a bit thick, add a few teaspoons of water with the motor running.
I know there will be the standard yelp that the organic prices are higher, but remember, the product is pristinely fresh and its shelf life will be longer. The yield from locally grown products will be greater (you won’t be peeling those floppy leaves off the outside of your lettuce heads) and the difference in flavor is easily worth whatever extra colones you may part with. Treat yourself to buying and eating locally.