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The Moveable Feast is a Personal Chef Service that serves the Hampton Roads area of Southern Virginia. This blog is an extension of my web site and will go into more details about food and any food service industries. Any pictures and or recipes that are published here are all the property of The Moveable Feast unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Rain, Rain, go AWAY!
I have to say that since I have been doing the blog I have become more acutely aware how I DON'T support my local Farmer's Market. I have always known it's there but just never made the effort to become a regular visitor. The only two excuses I have are laziness and bad habits. Since my husband was career Navy, we have always shopped at the Commissary. This habit was engrained (for all of you spelling hounds, I looked this word up in the dictionary and it said I could use engrained or ingrained. So I just picked one) in me from growing up Air Force and then it just carried through to the Navy way of life for me. Some habits are just hard to break, especially if you never even make the effort to do so.

When we went to the Farmer's Market a few weekends ago, I marked it in my PDA that yesterday was the Fall Festival at the Farmer's Market. I waited for hubby to get home from work and we left in the pouring rain. When we got there it was pretty much deserted except for a couple of die hard pumpkin vendors set up in the parking lot. The display was so beautiful. No, I didn't take a picture but will another weekend when there is no rain. We walked around the market and found out the whole event had been canceled, which really burst my bubble. I was really to throw myself into the whole pre-fall celebration.

There is a little cafe in the market called County Cafe. We peaked in the windows that they weren't very busy so we went in for some lunch before all the food shopping began. I looked up above the counter and there was a huge chalk board with the specials listed. Yesterday's special was, Chicken and Dumplings with a piece of cornbread for $5.99. I could hardly resist with the rain outside and the darkness of the day.
I have to say the dish was pretty good. It had generous chunks of chicken and huge pieces of carrot (which I don't usually put in mine). It filled the bill. I was a bit disappointed that I got a biscuit instead of the promised slice of cornbead. I looked around and saw that others had the same order and the cornbread was absent, so either they ran out or it just didn't happen. Either way, the Chicken and Dumplings were filling as well as the biscuit on the side with a large glass of really sweet tea.

After eating we wandered around the market and I spotted some items that I wanted to use on the weekend and the following week. I have a very busy week and planning ahead means no fast food runs. I am trying to eat better...most of the time! So now my refrigerator is full of veggies again and I felt inspired to cook last night. Hubby bought me a whole chicken and I thought baked chicken with boiled cabbage and red potatoes sounded good along with a side of snap beans, again with the red potatoes. My chicken started out well but I made the grave mistake of coming into the office to catch up on some other blogs. Then I smelled it! UGH.
My poor roasted chicken! I set the oven at 500 for 30 minutes so I could crisp the skin, which it did nicely, but then I came up here and got distracted. I smelled something burning and ran down the stairs. No smoke was to be seen only that horrible odor of, "Oh crap, I burned my dinner!" I know others have smelled this same smell! Thankfully, the cabbage and green beans did well on low so dinner was not a total loss. The chicken was good and I was proud of myself for using Farmer's Market produce. I am a work in progress.


At 9:51 AM, Blogger michelle said...

Arg! I hate when that happens! It still looks like it would be yummy though - besides, I guess if you're trying to eat well, you would want to take the skin off anyway - so you were really just helping yourself eat better! I've never made cabbage before except in coleslaw - did you just roast it in the same pan as your veggies and potatoes?

At 10:15 AM, Blogger vlb5757 said...

I was so bummed about my chicken. I had the oven rack up too high and forgot to turn the oven down to 300 when I came upstairs. I should have know better! I love boiled cabbage. I just cut it up in hunks, put in some water, onions, red potatoes and a 2 slices of bacon and boil it until it's dead. It's not the healthiest way to eat it, but it was good anyway! Underneath the blackened chicken are black peppercorns, fresh parsley, carrots, onions and celery. The drippings from that plus the vegetables were going to make a gravy but, all the juices were nearly as badly burned as the tip of the wings and drum sticks so I gave up. lol! Not one of my better efforts but I salvaged it okay.

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I love sweet tea. That is definitely one thing I miss about the "South" all the time! It's probably better for my hips though!

Also, I am with you about not patronizing the farmer's markets. There are several in L.A., and somehow I always end up at the grocery store or Trader Joe's. I think I'll hit one up this weekend!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger vlb5757 said...

I enjoy going to the Farmer's Market but just never make the effort. I have no idea or any really good concrete excuses! I love our little market here but "little" is the operative word. I wish they had a larger variety of things they offered. I guess you have to start somewhere!

I visited your site. I see you are just getting started like me. Write about a trip to the Farmer's Market. Show us what LA has to offer.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

Vicki, your chicken brought a smile to my face...I sympathize...but hey, this isn't TV...we're really cookin' here, right?! Glad it tasted good. I like the simplicity of your side dishes (the cabbage and butter beans). I'll have to give them a go. And if I didn't have a good farmer's market, I'd just die! That is the one place I go if I seriously want to buy veggies/fruits. The grocery stores around here overcharge for yucky produce!

At 5:44 AM, Blogger vlb5757 said...

Another blogger around here in this area, posted on her site that TJs is coming to this area. While it will be a 45 minute drive, it might well be worth it. If I remember correctly, they really don't do produce do they?

I am not sure that our Farmer's Market here will be open during the winter. If it is and they have things like squash and zucchini, where did that come from. It would make one wonder.

My poor chicken. I debated whether or not to post it but hey as you said, this is real life! The one redeeming factor, IT TASTED GREAT! lol!


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