On Sunday, Gahlord and I had four friends over for brunch. Everyone brought something, and I made multigrain waffles on a borrowed iron. In terms of starch, which I seem to be preoccupied with a lot these days, the batter contained all-purpose flour from Champlain Valley Mills in upstate New York, with a bit of cornmeal, wheat flour and rye thrown in. Before last weekend, my waffling experience was limited to a cast-iron stovetop device that was really not very fun to work with, but these modern waffle irons, with the light that tells you when your waffle is done? It's almost enough to make me run out and buy one of these dealies.
Savory items included scrambled eggs, a potato-leek gratin, beet greens, fried onions, and oyster mushrooms from Colchester that were on sale at City Market. We also had wedges of fresh tomatoes and yellow watermelon. To drink, a choice of cider, water, milk, or an herbal tea christened '100-mile tea' by my friend Mandy, who blended it herself. I can't remember every single herb in there, but I know it contains mint, lemon balm, red rasperry leaf, red clover blossoms, and calendula — all grown within 100 miles of Burlington.
In bread news, the sourdough experiment finally yielded edible loaves, after a bit of fussing. I had to sprinkle a bit of yeast into it to jump-start it again, and nurse it along with rolled oats, milk, and white flour before adding any more heavy whole-grain flours (the previous two loaves were 100% whole wheat, and just didn't rise). The quantity of dough doubled as a result
Finally, a blueberry vinegar update: It worked! After a week of sitting under cheesecloth, the mushed-up blueberries and water had turned healthily sour, and I strained it into a jar. I'm excited about the prospects of fruit salads made with this stuff. The first week of the localvore challenge, blueberries, raspberries and currants were the available fruits. Now, only a week later, we have peaches and small yellow plums from Champlain Orchards (not listed on their website; maybe they only grow small batches for commercial sale?), the first local apples are coming in, and blackberries and several different types of melons are obtainable.
Dinner tonight was the last of the potato-leek gratin and some of the oyster mushrooms in an omelet, with a tomato-basil salad dressed in a garlic vinegarette.