Serendipitously, my go-to food blog featured what she called a baked potato soup this week.
It was a sign.
I'm sure of it.
The finishing touch was fresh home made bread from my parents, made with flour from a local mill, but not necessarily with all other local ingredients. But man-oh-man did it taste good. Our little bug could not get enough - I wish I'd taken a picture of THAT!
- I already mentioned the pomegranate seeds on the salad, but I also topped it with just a bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I think next soon I need to figure out how to make vinegar or add it to my list of "permanent exceptions"!
- I topped the soup with just a touch of chopped bacon, which I already had cooked in the fridge so couldn't justify frying up the local stuff just for a few pieces.
- I think quite a few of the bread items were not local; probably things like canola oil, wheat bran, sesame seeds were all in there, to name a few.
- Other than *those* items, I think I made the 50 mile radius again!
- Local heavy cream and butter made from it from a nearby dairy
- Leeks, carrots, spinach, celeriac and potatos from local farms (all within less than 20 miles)
- Garlic from my father's garden
- Hhhmmm. My exception list might be longer than my local list this week. Yipes.
- Perhaps most importantly though, I learned that I'm going to grow celeriac in my garden next year! That stuff is amazing - it smelled of citrus as soon as I cut into it, and then of a mix of lemon and celery as I chopped. It added a great bright flavor to the soup with just a bit of crunch. Lovely!