Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Farm Fresh

Two steps forward, one step back......story of my life here. I feel like its taken so long to get back into the groove of things since returning from CA. I love traveling but I hate the aftermath of returning home, bugger!
Anyway, I did manage to get to our neighborhood farmers market on Sunday to grab us some farm fresh goodness. We always buy the peaches they have (AMAZING), but this time around something else caught my eye. Grass-fed organic beef tamales (gluten free) and fresh grown okra. Two new items that I just had to try out.



Side note: The lady who sold me the tamales also had pork tamales and ground chicken, which I plan on buying next week. Yippee!

So, dinner last night was easy as pie. Warm the tamales, cover in homemade salsa, slice some peaches, and steam the okra (seasoned). Was it good? No, it was GREAT! The flavors of the tamales blended so well and had a nice kick to it. They weren't greasy or heavy, just right! The peaches just melt in your mouth and the okra just makes my lips pucker up with joy (if that even makes sense). But the best was it all came from our hard working farmers! There is something special about eating the foods grown or handmade by your "neighbor." Its a feeling of support, hard work, and love that goes into it. Is that cheesy enough for you?





As I sit here now, I am kicking myself for not buying more okra. I could have pickled it!! At least we have some peaches left. Maybe some grilled peaches with fish tonight??? Sounds good to me.

Happy almost Wednesday!
Cheers,
LC

P.S.
Tropical Traditions kindly offered my blog to do a giveaway for the Coconut PB. You all game for that? If so, I'll post it this week.

25 comments:

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

LOVE the farm fresh stuff! i could go for a great tamale right about now :)

Jason said...

haven't had tamales in a long time but sure does sound good (and looks good!).

Dorry said...

What a delicious meal! I love buying local food. And now I'm craving a big, juicy peach!

Abby said...

I have NEVER tried okra! I'm kind of scared to. But I'll get past it, I'm sure!

Grilled peaches sound like a GOOD idea!!

Bre said...

mmm peaches. I'm eating peaches right now, local always! Never eaten okra, it makes me think of orca...and then I just can't wrap my head around it! haha never had tamales either, but everything you cook looks soo yummy!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

I totally hear you on returning to normal after traveling. So tough. Love really good fresh peaches. Yum.

Kelsey said...

i need to suck it up and try maknig okra at home. im really scared to try it!! i gotta get brave tho lol <3

not scared of those peaches tho!! ;)

xo

rhodespedal said...

LOVE tamales! Some neighbors back home in Anchorage would invite the block over for tamale-making parties. Good memories...

Props for eating okra. I can't eat it myself. Probably due to years of being exposed to the boiling of the vegetable which led to slimy okra. Yuck!

I'm definitely game for a coconut PB giveaway!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

I hear you w/the two steps forward, one step back. I feel like that's me at the moment post Vineman;-) it's all good though...

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh what a great ingredient list thos tamales have!! LOVE IT!
ANd the grileld peaches + fish sounds like a winning combination to me!

Eden said...

I LUV tamales! I make my own, they are so simply (I have short cuts, traditional tamales can be time consuming!). And most are gluten free! How was that okra? I never had it cooked well, last time I had it, it was super gummy, but I know some people prepare it differently.

SSB said...

I love okra. Always had it fresh as a kid growing up. Enjoy it.

Tina said...

I have never had tamales, but want to try them so badly. Farm fresh would make it even better. Yum!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

I'm on a huge okra kick right now. I cannot stop eating roasted okra. So good!

Fit Chick in the City said...

The tamales look so good! I've never attempted to make them on my own.

fittingbackin said...

wow those tamales look amazing! I can't tell you the last time I had them!!

Mo said...

I love grilled peaches! Great on fish, great on arugula salads, etc. I'm jealous of having fresh produce like that.

Maggie said...

mmmm peaches. mmmm grilled peaches. mmmm tamales. mmmm okra. (wiping drool from keyboard.) love the "cheese" about feeling the love with local farmers!

april said...

Oh man, you should come to New Mexico for tamales!! They are a specialty here. you can get every kind imaginable! Of course they are not always too healthy.. but yummy!!

Kelly said...

I have so many peaches! I've never considered grilling them. Some of mine are definitely ending up as peach salsa.

tanyas daily said...

those tamales look good

Cari said...

Hey Lindz - I have a bunch of home grown okra from my backyard organic garden. If you're interested, I'll share! I've been at a loss of what to do with it so after I clip it from the stalk, it goes straight to the freezer.

tanyas daily said...

those tamales look good

Kelsey said...

i need to suck it up and try maknig okra at home. im really scared to try it!! i gotta get brave tho lol <3

not scared of those peaches tho!! ;)

xo

Jason said...

haven't had tamales in a long time but sure does sound good (and looks good!).