Seattle Visit: Ballard Farmer's Market Dinner

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Dinner at Shannon’s,
using fish, produce and wine from the Ballard farmer’s market.
Image: GrrlScientist 28 September 2008 [larger view].

“Do you photograph every meal you eat?” Shannon sounded amused as I pointed my camera at the mushrooms in the frying pan.

“Well .. not exactly,” I replied, thinking of all the meals that I had photographed, realizing that nearly all of them were meals I had eaten while traveling.
“After photographing parts of the Farmer’s Market, it just seems to be the right thing to do, since we are now eating the spoils that we collected there.”
I sat at Shannon’s table and pushed the cheeses around on a plate, trying to get the perfect photograph.

Image: GrrlScientist, 28 September 2008 [larger view].

A taste of cheese helped to inspire me. While I was photographing the cheeses, Shannon removed several fresh steamed beets out of the oven. The red beet was so dark that it was nearly black in color!

These are fresh beets that have been steamed and peeled.
Image: GrrlScientist 28 September 2008 [larger view].

I also photographed the tomatoes, which, like the beets, included large fruits of both a deep red and a bright yellow color.

Fresh vine-ripened tomatoes in olive oil.
Image: GrrlScientist 28 September 2008 [larger view].

I’ve mentioned this before, but even though I am very allergic to tomatoes, I still eat them. In fact, I like to eat fresh, vine-ripened tomaotoes more than nearly anything in the world, including chocolate (I know; this is difficult to imagine, considering the depth of my fondness for chocolate).

Fresh roasted fish in olive oil with basil and garlic (garlics removed).
Image: GrrlScientist, 28 September 2008 [larger view].

Shannon also roasted fresh fish (halibut?) in olive oil with garlic (she removed the garlics before I managed to snap this picture, unfortunately).
By this time, several guests had arrived and the kitchen was getting crowded, so I focused my camera lens on the flowers that Shannon bought at the Farmer’s Market.

Image: GrrlScientist 28 September 2008 [larger view].

And here’s another close-up of the flowers;

Image: GrrlScientist 28 September 2008 [larger view].

Finally, dinner was nearly ready, so I put some of the food onto the table and managed to snap a picture before everything was eaten.

Dinner table.
Image: GrrlScientist, 28 September 2008 [larger view].

Not only was the dinner wonderful, but the day was perfect, capped off by a stunning sunset behind the Olympic Mountains that I photographed from Shannon’s back porch.

Seattle Sunset, Olympic Mountains.
Image: GrrlScientist 28 September 2008 [larger view].

About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Seattle Visit: Ballard Farmer's Market Dinner

  1. Shannon says:

    Hey girl!
    Your images invoke great memories of your trip to town! How’s Venus?? The fish was actually fresh, never frozen wild Alaska Coho salmon caught the day before! The garlic – tons of heads that I roasted until totally caramelized – were from my friend Bruce’s garden here in Seattle. The cheeses were aged goat with truffle oil from Estrella Family Creamery in Montesano, and one I brought back from my wine tasting trip to the Okanagan BC area. (check it out on Those flower shots are so lovely! Thank you for this memory!It was so much fun to cook for you and some of the old Big Time boys!