Archive for June 20, 2013

Moscow Farmer’s Market & Camelina Salad Dressing

Moscow, ID has a wonderful farmers market every Saturday during the summer. I am a supporter of local and small business and should go to this farmer’s market more often, but I often get lazy on Saturday morning and oversleep. When I do get up early, I don’t miss an opportunity to go to the market!

Luckily, I got up before noon last Saturday, so we made it to the market (Yay!).  Last year the Moscow Farmer’s market was expanded and there are a lot more vendors than there used to be. It is still early in the growing season so there aren’t very many local fruits and vegetables, however there are plenty of things to enjoy in the market. We tried a tasty Filipino dish, Chicken Adobo, which was similar to the Pork Adobo we had in in Kona, HI. The meat is marinated or cooked in a way that makes it very soft, and not dry at all.  I would love to go to the Philippines someday just to eat Pork Adobo!

Sonam with a plate of chicken Abodo.DSC_5415-001

Reasonable prices. DSC_5420-001

The vendor at the Filipino food stall was very kind. She let me take a picture of her for my blog and even gave me a nice smile!

This summer, we started our garden and a green house so we bought a jalapeno plant for our garden.


It’s so nice to get some warm weather in Moscow, finally I can wear the cute dress that my younger sister gave me. Thank you D!DSC_5437-001

We also stopped by the Camelina Gold Cooking Oil stall. They have a family farm in Eastern Washington where they grow and press the oil. The people at the stall were very nice and told us all about Camelina. Apparently Camelina oil is super good for you because of its high Omega 3 content (second only to flax oil) and low omega 6 fatty acids. It also has a high smoking point, which makes it an excellent cooking oil. Because it isn’t well known in the US, production is still small scale and the price is fairly high. Hopefully it will gain in popularity, become less expensive, and replace the corn and other vegetable oils which are common and cause a lot of health problems.DSC_5426-001

After learning about the great properties of Camelina oil, we wanted to see how it tasted, so we came home with lettuce, fruits, and vegetables we bought at the farmers market and made a salad with camelina salad dressing. With the exception of oranges and walnuts, everything else was purchased at the market!

Salad recipe:
1 handfull of walnut halves
2-3 orange wedges cut into thirds
1-2 apricots sliced
1 hard-boiled egg
garnish with brie cheese and pepper to taste

Salad dressing recipe:
1 cup camelina oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
3 cloves of crushed garlic
Ground black pepper to taste
Salt (optional)


Enjoy the Farmer’s Market!! Go Local! DSC_5470-001


Mustard Sunburn Treatment

Sherpanichef model Namrata Dangol went to Lewiston, ID Saturday to carve out a corn maze with her professor. The corn maze in Lewiston is held every year in the fall. If you are in Moscow, Lewiston area, it is a fun event. Anyway, Namrata got a serious sunburn on her neck. So, I made a mustard baking soda paste for her. Mustard and baking soda are both very good for reducing redness and preventing blisters.

Namrata with her sunburned neck. DSC_5523-001
Add two tablespoons of yellow mustard (yes, not just for hotdogs) and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a bowl.  Mix well.DSC_5521-001
Apply to the sunburned area. Let it dry and wash gently with cold water. Stay out of the sun to let the skin heal. DSC_5531-001Here is a picture of corn maze in Lewiston, Id. Sam and I trying to find our ways.299674_2292510705429_2008734448_n


Avocado Cucumber Tostada

Here is a quick and easy tostada recipe, which is perfect for the summer. I love salsa and avocado. Whenever Sam and I are in Mexico, we try to eat as much avocado as possible. I tried these avocado and cucumber tostadas in Puerto Varta and loved it.  Today I tried to recreate this recipe and it wasn’t half bad. Try it for lunch this summer, you will love it. 388776_2434119965572_508294956_nEnjoying super tasty avocado tostada!391994_2434120405583_343850003_nGuadalajara!381856_2512871774318_1839954354_n


2 Avocados sliced
1/2 cucumber peeled & sliced
1 Serrano pepper chopped
1 tomato sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
6 tostadas


1. Prepare & mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. DSC_5447-0012. Add about 3 tablespoon avocado salsa on tostada. DSC_5449-0013. Some people like mayonnaise, so you could cover tostada with mayonnaise before adding salsa. Enjoy & have a wonderful summer!DSC_5501-001


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