I didn’t really intend to take part in the Dark Days Eat Local Challenge this winter, but it turns out I’ve been doing so without even realizing it.
Take dinner a few nights ago. Husband had requested fish and chips, and that sounded pretty good to me. Except, I wanted onion rings instead. And Husband knows you really shouldn’t mess with the crazy lady who’s cooking your dinner.
So, I got some local haddock from the fish market. I sliced some local onions. I made a beer batter with local ale from Wachusett Brewery. Then came the frying. That just left the issue of coleslaw, which is not an optional part of the fish and chips experience, if you ask me. But, I was out of local cabbage. They all went into the sauerkraut that’s currently still festering in the corner of my kitchen (update to come).
However, I did have local celery root. So, I peeled three small ones, as well as a local carrot, and grated them in the food processor. Then, I minced a small onion, put in some mayo, and a bit of vinegar and Dijon, salt and lots of black pepper. And there you have it. The white trash version of remoulade. And, look, I even photographed the whole thing on a local newspaper.
If you had asked me last spring if I thought I’d become an Eat Local convert, I would have said you were smoking something homegrown. What a difference 273 days make.