I decided to stop eating meat (chicken, fish, beef, pork -- you know animals) when I was 16 and in 10 years I ate chicken twice when out of the country and I thought it would be incredibly rude not to eat what was put in front of me. Then due to a number of circumstances I slowly started adding things back into my diet. For instance living in South America for 6 months in a very meat (beef) centric culture and eating very poorly for about a month, I decided to add seafood back to my diet. Four years later, I picked up a waitressing job on the side to pay off my car loan and after enough doubles where the chef didn't have time to make me a special staff meal, I added chicken back to my diet. Over the past two years I have eater beef on occasion when it was what was being served in a social situation. However, I still largely cook and eat vegetarian most of the time. This week I decided to try something different.
That is buffalo (or maybe it is bison, is there a difference?)
My friend Bill, (who has a blog but never posts on it), was having a bit of a rough week. So I invited him to the Tuesday morning farmer's market to procure some food for a dinner on Thursday. I told him we could even try the buffalo. So we picked up some produce, this London Broil and he dropped me off at home with instructions that I was in charge of marinating the meat for our dinner two days hence. I hadn't cooked beef (or its kin) since I was a kid helping my father season the flank steak. So I made a marinade of mostly non-local ingredients (such is the nature of marinades when local oils and vinegars are hard to find) and set it in the fridge to do its thing. I think it turned out pretty well, if not just a bit chewy.
We enjoyed a local pinot grigio while the meat grilled and a Virginia Meritage (Bordeaux style red) with dinner. To accompany the buffalo I made a cucumber salad and we roasted some squash and boiled some corn I had received from my CSA that day. It was a lovely meal to pick up Bill's spirits.
- buffalo, Cibola Farm, Culpeper, VA (55 miles)
- parsley, Summit Point, WV (55 miles)
- garlic, Olin Fox Farms, Reedville, VA (81 miles)
- summer squash, Olin Fox Farms, Reedville, VA (81 miles)
- corn, Olin Fox Farms, Reedville, VA (81 miles)
- cucumbers, Olin Fox Farms, Reedville, VA (81 miles)
- cherry tomatoes, Olin Fox Farms, Reedville, VA (81 miles)
- apple cider vinegar, White House Foods, Winchester, VA, (63 miles)
- dill, aerogarden, my counter top (0 miles)
- white wine, 2005 Pinot Grigio, Prince Michel , Leon, VA (63 miles)
- red wine, 2003 Meritage, Rappahannock Cellars, Huntly, VA, (55 miles)
- raspberries, Westmoreland Berry Farm, Oak Grove, VA (44 miles)
- black berries,Westmoreland Berry Farm, Oak Grove, VA (44 miles)
nonlocal: Oil (CA), vinegar, lemon juice (FL), Worcestershire sauce (NJ?), tamari, spices, Ben & Jerry's Organic Vanilla ice cream
* Photos courtesy of Bill