Last Friday I was working from home (read: last Friday, I went to St. Lawrence market). The market is quite far from my house – especially with an armload of obscure cheeses and freshly ground meats – so I don’t get there often. However, when I do make the trek I routinely visit the same stands; my most recent visit was no exception.
First, I grabbed a bag of arugula. It’s spicy, fresh, and seems to last forever in the fridge. Then, like a homing beacon, I found free samples of Bouq Emissaire – a raw-milk goat cheese, from Quebec, covered in an ash rind. The cheese has an earthly, almost flat flavour; I found it to be quite different from the goat cheese I typically purchase. Finally, I circled back to the produce section where an (overly) enthusiastic vendor was handing out free figs to marketgoers. Needless to say, the figs were crazy good and I happily payed $5 for an entire carton. I left satisfied, but it wasn’t until I got home that I realized my impulse purchases would combine into a delicious salad.
I drizzled the figs with a Liquid Gold raspberry balsamic (which I stole from Aunt Sharon’s house), and stuck them in the oven for a few minutes. From there, I sloppily threw the figs on a plate of arugula, then added goat cheese, olive oil and a bit of pepper. I sometimes forget that seasonal, fresh ingredients don’t need a lot of fuss to be delicious!
Aunt Sharon, I know you think goat cheese tastes like… goats… but maybe this will make up for my hideous cheese use! Many months ago, Aunt Sharon and I went to the Textile Museum of Canada to check out an exhibit featuring the Finnish-based designer, Marimekko. The prints are bold, with a striking use of colour. Consequently, I was very excited to find out that my local furniture store sells Marimekko kitchenware! The paper napkins in the photo show off the iconic Unikko pattern.
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