Friday, May 4, 2012

Strawberries and Eggs

Last week my work required some driving, all the way to the West Virginia border and back to be precise. To keep my hands off my cell phone and my mind focused on the drive, I made a pit stop at the public library and picked up a few audio books, including "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

Now, my household dutifully purchased and gave copies this book when it first came out, absolutely.  But, in a painful moment of  honesty, I acknowledged that the winding chapters on the science of corn became somewhat of a road block for me.  I never read the book in it's entirety.


But, it's true. So, to finish what I started, I went to the check-out with Mr. Pollan's opus in tow.

Listening to this book was simply rejuvenating, especially as I listened to the many chapters on Polyface Farm while as I rolled through the Shenandoah Valley on a bright spring day.

The bountiful descriptions about the importance of local foods, clean foods and, in particular, seasonal foods, reminded me my family, friends, and community are building a local and slow food infrastructure...and I am a part of that....of our local community who is "opting out" of industrial foods, as Pollan would say.   I couldn't wait to get home.

Once home, I was delighted to find that I had purchased a dozen Polyface eggs just before I left. The timing was perfect. Also, in my fridge I found a carton of local strawberries purchased from my Farmers' Market. 

I mean, come on, look at these beauties. I knew that we were having strawberries and eggs for supper.

Luckily, I also found that we had milk. Eggs, milk, strawberries? One meal quickly came to mind: pancakes. Pancakes for dinner. Buckwheat pancakes made with fresh local eggs and milk with local strawberries. Can I get an Amen?!

Those were some good looking yolks. They were *bright* orange and perfectly firm. A complete pleasure.

A simple meal of simple ingredients. Served as a reminder that if you have quality local products on hand a wonderful cooking experience and meal is never out of reach, even breakfast for dinner.


  1. I have never finished Omnivore's Dilemna either. Nor Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I guess I found them a little bit of preaching to the choir, as knowing where our food comes from has been a thing for me for going on 20 years, long before the current trend. I have shared all the copies gifted to me though, with people that I know will benefit from them (rather than listening to one of my rants about food). Good for you for going back and finishing it!

    1. It was fun! And, by listening, I found myself more able to understand the details. It is awesome that Virginia is highlighted so much - made me proud!!

  2. Pancakes for dinner... always fun. Just this morning, feeling too lazy to cook but staring at my two quarts of Agriberry strawberries I was saying I wanted strawberry pancakes. I also saw a lovely recipe for strawberry cream biscuits! Perhaps for Mother's day...