ah, summer solstice loveliness... what a gorgeous day i enjoyed yesterday to ring in the season!
i took in an outdoor yoga class of sun salutations downtown in the sun surrounded by amazing people which was a joyous experience even in the crazy heat. (a few of us joked that this was as close to bikram's as we would get!) a special thank you to the incredible women of cedar street yoga for organizing it and sharing their energy.
then a bit later on in the day came the first csa pick up of the season - picked up via bicyclette. i love this time of year when my grocery trips begin to dwindle to next to nothing and the bulk of my food comes directly from the farmers who grew it. this week's share included 3 varieties of lettuce, green onions, spinach, garlic scapes, carrots (storage crop from last season), strawberries & frozen honeydew melon (storage crop from last season).
after a short cycle home and some waving at other friends passing by on bikes (don't you just love that?!), feasting was in order.
dinner was inspired by the lovely greens and then need for something light and cooling for dinner. i washed up a mixture of all the lettuces and then grilled some marinated tofu & sweet potatoes. paired with a tangy mustard vinaigrette it was perfect.
farm fresh salad with grilled tofu & sweet potato
1 head of lettuce or equivalent (i used red leaf, green leaf & what i think was a type of buttercrisp)
1/2 block extra firm tofu
1 medium sweet potato
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp tamari
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
wash and dry the lettuce and set it aside. press the water out of the tofu and then slice it into 4 even slabs. whisk together the oil, vinegar & tamari and then place the tofu in the mixture to marinate, turning every so often. meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to boil. slice the sweet potatoes and parboil them until just fork tender. drain and rinse them under cold water and then add to the tofu to coat.
next, fire up your bbq and grill the tofu & sweet potatoes for about 5-6 minutes a side. remove from the grill, toss with any remaining marinade and then pile them up on a bed of fresh lettuce. dress with you favourite vinaigrette. i went with a simple olive oil - red wine vinegar - dijon mix.
i think the only thing truly missing from my day was a swim in the lake, but i'm hoping to get in there today!
happy summer friends!
what did you do to ring in the season?