Have you heard of it? I was first introduced to this book when a D.C. friend picked it up as a Berkley alum. The author, Michael Pollan, is a professor at Berkley University. I wasn’t interested then, but increasingly heard more things about it and finally picked it up as a next good read for my small and intimate book club.
I seriously recommend it as it’s altered my perception on food (for the good) and improved my consciousness when shopping for food in terms of organic vs. non-organic. So, in celebration of reading this delicious book, I purchased ingredients from my Whole Foods here in Friendship Heights.
Mixed Green Salad: Mixed Lettuce from a local MD farm ($2.99) with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon juice (1 for $.79 and used for the fish as well), salt, pepper.
This was good local salad. I wish I had my own garden area in which I could farm my own vegetables. I think it’s fairly easy to grow seasonal veggies, and in a way, therapeutic. I mean, don’t you feel proud of yourself when you can see the fruits of your labor? The salad was a bit drenched in oil and lemon… moderation is key! ;P
Appetizer: Demi Country Bread ($1.49), Organic Green Pepper ($1.41), and Cava Mezze Eggplant ($5.49)– Cava is a local Mediterranean restaurant in … Rockville?
The hummus was a bit bland, the green peppers quite fresh, and the bread was decent.
Side Dish: White Loose Mushrooms from Lady Moon Farms ($1.80) with dried herbs, EVOO, salt, pepper
These were quite excellent. E* did a good job of sautéing, while maintaining the flavor of the mushrooms. Although I did not forage these myself as Michael Pollan does in his book, I would say they were good enough for our purposes.
Garlic Fries: Okay, so this is cheating. I had bought these from Trader Joe’s like a month previous. I thought it’d be a good side for the fish, and now as I write this I realize even more that we had way too much food for two people. These were frozen fries. I could’ve done without the prepackaged garlic mix and just made my own. Still, they were pretty good. I loved how crispy the fries were after baking them! And I don’t remember how much these cost when I purchased them.
Tilapia Fish: Tilapia Fillet ($4.19) with lemon, evoo, salt, pepper. Again, too much salt. Still, these fillets were so fresh and so delicious. Good job E* for not overcooking. They turned out just perfect and unfortunately, they were not local. They were from Ecuador… so my shopping trip was not perfect, but we still made a great meal! The other seafoods were just so expensive, I had to go with whatever was on sale.
Dessert: Mississippi Mud Brownie ($1.99) So decadent, so delicious, so rich… yum.
The meal came out to ~$25 (including the garlic fries at an estimate of $4) For 2 people at home? Not bad. I think I partially succeeded at creating a local meal, but it was a decent attempt and a wiser approach to my food purchases.
The fish, salad, and mushrooms were thanks to E*star who immediately picked up the pan and spatula upon entering the kitchen. She cooked as I ranted on about the book and my mini journey through Whole Foods and a close encounter with one of my professors from school! D.C. is all together too small.
This post is dedicated to Michael Pollan who wrote this wonderful book in attempting to answer the question of what’s for dinner, and to E* who attempted to answer to that calling by cooking the ingredients I attempted to shop for as locally as possible. Is that a mouthful or what? Yum, I love food, I love books, and I love good company.