Last Saturday, the boy and I finally solved the Mystery of the Disappearing Organic Market. We were helped by the fact that Clotilde wrote me and suggested we meet at the nearest metro stop, Rome. I can handle finding a metro stop, armed with a good map.
It's fun to explore a new market under any circumstances, but it's especially fun with a good friend to point out the best stands and explain which way the queues run. Clotilde is always charming but I was still getting over the cold and felt that my poor company wasn't much of an exchange for her kindness. I'll have to make it up to her with witty repartee next time around!
There were so many great foods there: breads, honey, the usual fruits and vegetables. But in addition, I made a wonderful discovery: the organic market has even more variety than all the regular markets I've known in Paris. Rolled together.
I bought fairly decent corn on the cob, in the husk. Clotilde bought a "Peruvian cucumber". (She wrote about it today!) We both bought beautiful tiny red espelette peppers. But the best part, for me, was the sight of a card labelled "Acorn Squash". For as long as I've been pressing sweet corn seed packets on friends with gardens, I've also been passing out seeds for acorn squash. I have never once in 13 years in Paris seen acorn squash. All I've ever seen at the markets is the occasional cut up piece of pumpkin and tiny inedible decorative squashes. I'm in heaven. Acorns are my absolute favorite squash. Woo-hoo!
I love everything about them. Cute shape, don't you think? Nice, meaty interior, a little stringy but in a good way. A nutty flavour, less bland than your average pumpkin. Yummy.
And, as I discovered a couple of days ago, the seeds are wonderful. I baked the first one for an hour in a hot oven. My half had butter and brown sugar (indulgence!) and the boy's just butter. We both loved them.
So now that I've had my fix, I'm wondering what to do with the second one. Ideas, anyone??