Well! What a day I had yesterday! I am part of a group of people who take part in a swap market. It is very informal, moves from house to house and is a great way to connect with other people. We have been involved for two or three years and yesterday was the first day that we hosted a market.
I can't believe the high I am on!!! I have loved every market I have ever been to and always feel invigorated after visiting one, but actually hosting one was FANTASTIC! It was so good to welcome these wonderful people to my home, show them around and chat with them. There were many children at yesterday's market and they played madly while the adults chatted and swapped gardening experience (them, not me.... I'm still a learner. My experience is not worth mentioning!)
The connections you make are lovely. One of the ladies who came yesterday happened to be talking with another Mum at the bus stop during the week. When she mentioned she was going to the Swap Market, it transpired that she was chatting with one of my very close friends! What a small world! This lady raises organic pigs and is hosting the next market. I put in an order for some pork and will be buying some lard to try in my soap.
It is so nice to know the history of your food and the places that it came from. I shared around some kale chips for people to try. The kale was from my garden and the olive oil coating it came from a lady who was here. We have been to her place for a market before, so I can picture the trees the olive oil came from. I'll share the recipe with you at the end of this post because kale chips are to die for! Even if the idea doesn't appeal, cook them once just to try them. I am amazed at how nice they are.
I discovered loquats for the first time. I am in love! Silly me. I once had a young loquat tree, but thought it was ugly so I didn't look after it very well in the hopes it might die and go away, and it did. Well! Yesterday I tried the fruit and it was amazing! The kids thought so too. So now I will either plant some of the seeds from yesterday's fruit or I will be impatient and rush out and buy a loquat tree.
To round off a fantastic day we travelled to a farm to pick up some meat. Remember Hubby's shearing day? Well, we weren't sure if he was doing it for love or money but it was neither. It turned out to be for meat! The owners of the sheep, slaughtered a few animals and asked us to come up with a couple of eskis.
Wash the kale and dry well. Cut out the central stalk and cut into bite size pieces. I use scissors because it's quick and easy.
Put the kale into a bowl, add a tablespoon of good olive oil and grind some salt into the bowl. Rub the leaves to coat in the oil.
Lay in a single layer on an oven tray and bake in a moderate oven for ten to fifteen minutes until super crunchy.
It is so easy and really yummy but you'll probably find you've eaten the first tray before you finish baking the second one. They are so more-ish!
I'll add a photo or two when I make them next.
Now, we mentioned to friends, who own sheep, about our shearing day and sure enough we have been roped in to shear theirs. So must be off now.
Have a great day! I hope your weekend is going as well as ours!