Avocados, a mango, strawberries, red peppers, green beans, roma tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and oranges for under $20!
I was really excited about this place. Some of the produce was imported but most of it came from neighboring farms. I believe it was all organic as well. They also had some fresh made banana bread and other dried goods.
There were also a lot of things I didn't get: melons, plums, peaches, nectarines, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, some bargain baskets of produce, grapes, garlic and lots of others!
Getting all of this along with what I had leftover from last weeks run to the farmer's market meant I didn't need to go to the market this morning. I really liked this place and wouldn't mind going back except that it is about a 20-25? minute drive from my house where the farmer's market is probably about 15 minutes. Something to consider.
After leaving this fruit stand I was going to stop at Sprouts in El Cajon since it was on my way home and get some powdered sugar, canned pumpkin and chocolate chips for some baking projects I had planned. Of course it couldn't be as simple as just going in and getting the 3 things I needed. First I had to think of a few more things that I should stock up on since I was at the store anyway, then it turned out they didn't have canned pumpkin. So a trip to Henry's soon followed.
Before I left the house that morning I had been googling how to make strawberry lemonade and came across a couple of sites with strawberry lemon cupcakes. I had thought this was an awesome way to use the rest of the strawberry's that I had. When I left the house that was the one thing I wanted to do for the day and hence the need for the powdered sugar. I had hoped to make them early in the day to share with a few people but after 3 stops for groceries that idea went completely out the window.
At Henry's I got an onion, a jalapeno, 2 serrano peppers and cilantro to use with the roma tomatoes to make salsa.
Usually I make salsa in my food processor but this time I wanted to make it chunkier and so I chopped ALL of this by hand. Took forever but it is a lot of salsa and should last a while!
In the middle of making the salsa my boyfriend came out to the kitchen and informed me that we were out of hummus. I put a hold on the salsa and got to makin hummus.
I also started roasted the 2 red peppers and some garlic to make some roasted red pepper hummus.
Once the salsa was finished and the produce was put away I got to making the cupcakes. I used a recipe from the Vegan Joy of Baking for Vanilla Cupcakes and then added a little lemon zest to them. The recipe said it would make 10-12 cupcakes so I greased up 12 and filled them up. As I did I thought they seemed awfully full but figured that was how they were supposed to be. They were supposed to bake for 20-30 minutes but I decided to check after about 5 and I am so glad I did. They had started rising and spreading over the whole muffin pans. I quickly greased another 6 muffin pan and scooped some from each into the new ones. They had already started to firm up a little! Disastre! In the end there was cupcake batter all over the top of the pans and it was quite a mess. They ended up baking 30 minutes and turned out mostly ok. While they cooled I mixed up some Pumpkin Muffins from Vegan with a Vengeance and made the red pepper hummus.
After the cupcakes were cool I removed them from the muffin pans which was not so easy since there was so much burnt on mess. I then had to wash the pans so I could use them to bake the muffins I had already mixed up. While they dried I finally sat down to eat some hummus and pita bread. At this point I was starving! All I had eaten was this breakfast and a quarter of a granola bar I brought with me to Viejas. And I had set out to make one thing: cupcakes!
After refueling a little I put the muffins in the oven and got to work frosting my cupcakes. The recipe I had glanced at online said to poke holes in the cupcakes and then create a syrup of lemon juice and powdered sugar to pour over the top. The frosting was made from a little earth balance, powdered sugar, strawberries and a little water. They didn't turn out nearly as I'd pictured them, but they were beautiful and delicious none the less. Now I just need to take them to share.
Today I did a couple of noteworthy things but I will leave that for another post. Thanks for reading!
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