So, this little piggy went to market…Santa Monica Farmers Market, that is…it was going along just swimmingly, what with the petite dejeuner at Anisette and the good parking spot and all. The produce looked amazing, and I bolted over to the table with the orca beans. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them. At any cost? Well, yes. I was already committed, having scooped a nice big handful into the bag, before I did the math. I was making my first purchase of the day and it was a precious bag of beans, at $7.50 for less than a pound.
I was a little surprised, but I had to have them because I grew them this summer. Or should I say, tried to grow them! Not a great crop. So when I think about all the tending, sprouting, watering, fretting, picking and shelling I did…and ended up with just a tiny handful. I suppose $7.50 was cheap. I read somewhere you need 16 plants per person…Gives me a new appreciation for farming. I have a renewed appreciation for food everyday I garden.
They did make a lovely soup…and all I had to do was chop a rib of celery (store), a leek (market), the stems of a handful of the swiss chard (homegrown!), a few bay leaves (market), saute. Add the beans and a quart of chicken stock, and simmer. The chard leaves, and basil when the beans are soft. The whole pot was about a quart and a half. I took 2 cups of the soup and put it in the blender, added back in to the soup to thicken and of course, season expertly (aka salt and pepper). Delish!
So, with the help of homegrown veggies it was not all that extravagant. I think I am going to grab a bowl right now…