A Fresh Dille

pumpkins and apples, oh my.

Posted in FOOD, SHOPPING, VEGAN by clairedille on October 10, 2010

Heading to the Detroit Farmer’s Market always worries me. I am used to local, seasonal markets and the inner city market tends to be full of vendors selling “Idaho Potatoes” and berries still in their plastic grocery store packages. It really takes some investigating to find the actual local organic produce, and honestly, it is scarce. I feel better heading to Whole Foods, knowing that I will come home with a full bounty of organic fruit and vegetables. The smaller suburban markets (and maybe Ann Arbor, I have yet to go) are the ones with more local farm vendors, but I still try to give the Detroit Market a chance every once in a while.

I don’t think it is bell pepper season anymore…but pumpkins and squash, yes please.

Our loot was butternut squash, brussel sprouts, beets, and some of these little guys:

V is a California boy with a Texan family history. He picked up some Aloe to make our little garden complete.

Before venturing into pie or galette making, I decided to make an upside down apple cake. As I am not much of a fluffy cake lover, I went with a more dense cake with grapeseed oil and walnuts. V raved about it and I woke up to about 2/3 of it missing this morning. The recipe was from a favorite site, La Tartine Gourmande (check out her stunning photography as well). I made the following changes:  three flax eggs instead of eggs, grapeseed oil instead of olive, whole wheat pastry flour instead of gluten-free flours, and coconut milk yogurt instead of dairy yogurt. I tasted some this morning and loved the crispy crust-like edges and soft walnut studded interior.

Pumpkin Pie pancakes were made again.

There is also some cookie cravings going on in this loft. I usually make small batches of cookies and forget that I no longer live alone and should probably make more for two stomachs. First, I must make a trek for some vanilla after finishing it off this morning…

Other things:

-Do you find that you seem to go through vanilla, cinnamon, or other baking ingredients much quicker than the average person?

-Are you a fluffy cake person? Do you prefer other desserts?