Yesterday was day 162 of my No Grocery Store Challenge. It is hard to believe it has been that long, but as time goes by, I really see no reason to shop at the grocer store at all. The only things I could use are white flour (and my friend Adam is looking into finding some local white flour) and avocados. I have managed to go the first half of the year without El Milagro tortilla chips, but I could buy them directly from El Milagro if I wanted to. They have tortillas and masa, too, which would open an entirely new genre to my daily fare. Anyhoo, yesterday was a really busy and fun day. First the downtown market, then the new Cedar Park Farmer’s Market, doing shopping for a Paella party using all local ingredients. My friend Kristi, makes paella and did a post on her blog Austin Farm to Table, about it. http://www.austinfarmtotable.com/2009/10/embracing-your-inner-spaniard-with.html We invited some friends over to make it last night, but started our day shopping at the SFC Farmer’s Market at Republic Square. First, we had breakfast – an amazing BLT with the best local tomato I’ve ever had. Dai Due made the grilled BLT and it was amazing. Unfortunately, the County keeps jacking with Dai Due’s permit to make hot food at the market, and pulled it again. This is ridiculousness and I wish the County would figure this issue out.
We gathered our produce for the paella:
I came home, cleaned up the garden and the house, found out what is eating my garden on the side of the house (another post) and got ready for cooking with friends. We invited folks to bring a snack or side using local ingredients. And the results were amazing.
I didn’t get pictures of nearly all the amazing food that arrived, unfortunately. When you invite folks that love to cook over for dinner, amazing things happen.
We grilled the chicken on the Big Green Egg for one of the 3 paellas.
Using Lowell Farms Jasmine Rice, from South Texas, we started 2 Paella’s inside and one outside.
I will be purchasing this borrowed set up today, because cooking outside over fire is the best thing ever. I wish I was making my breakfast outside now. This is a stand for a turkey fryer, hooked up to propane.
The best paella of the night, in my opinion, was the mixed, with chicken, chorizo, and shrimp, which we cooked outside. Yesterday was a good day, with wonderful local food, friends and fun.