The Portland Farmers Market today was incredible. The weather was perfect, mid 70s, no humidity, blue sky, cooling breeze. It was the perfect day to be outside.
The produce was so wonderful, I blew my budget for the week on fabulous edibles. I picked up a gallon of 'good' milk to make ricotta later this week. I also bought three kinds of tomatoes. Plum for minestrone, beefsteak for slicing, and ?? gold tiny tomatoes for the hell of it. I also got squash and garlic for the minestrone. The charcuterie guy (his booth is called Chop) sold me his last pepperoni and threw in half-a-stick of sopressada. I love the Chop guy. I also got blackberries for Sangria (which I'm drinking as I write), and Pimiento peppers.
According to the growers (Viridian Farms) pimiento peppers are not hybridized. I take that to mean it's an original, un-tampered-with strain of peppers. They are Spanish in origin, from the town of Padron. They're not particularly hot, but a 1.5 on the Thai restaurant scale of heat (from 1 to 4).
To cook them, I followed the growers instructions: I sauteed them whole in olive oil until they began to blister, then I doused them with salt. Veering from the recipe, I threw in a handful of (can't remember the name) sgold tomatoes before the final toss in the saute pan. I barely got them to a plate before my test run of 6 peppers and toms were gone.
The peppers are grasped by the stem and eaten whole. The taste? Fabulous. They are spicy like a really mild cayenne, but with more flavor. Very difficult to describe but totally delicious.
I do love a successful market day.