Tuesday, April 20, 2010
There is "Free Range" and then there is Freedom!
Yesterday I could not take city living another minute! We drove for miles and miles out of town, the only destination, in my head, was a little sign that read "Eggs For Sale" at the top of a long dirt lane. After being prompted to take a risk and turn right, we found it. Stokes Creek, in Hamstead MD.
Getting out of the car, the welcoming committee comprised of a party of wandering ducks, a very friendly chicken, rabbits and a very protective turkey.
My sour mood immediately changed, this is what I needed. The caretaker of the farm, came out and gave us a formal introduction. She told us that one hen will only sit on a nest next to the front door of their home, the "watch dog" turkey is on the endangered list and their chickens are the happiest chickens around, having the run of the property. The eggs that are sold here are all natural, free range and chemical free.
I decided it was a perfect evening for Salade Nicoise, using my fresh eggs, here is my 20 min version, for 2 people.
1/2 head Boston-lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1/2 lb.green beans, cooked and refreshed
1/2 cup basic vinaigrette
Salt and freshly ground pepper
10 cherry tomatoes, halved)
3 or 4 small "boiled" potatoes, from can, brown in pan
Two pieces of fresh tuna, grilled with little sesame oil and light soy sauce
2 extra large farm hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved
1/4 cup small black Niçoise-type olives
2 to 3 tablespoons capers
1 peeled and sliced avocado
1 thinly sliced Persian cucumber
Beautifully arrange 2 plates with equal amounts of ingredients with tuna in center and drizzle your vinaigrette on top. Place a slice of lemon on grilled tuna.