Seattle is famous for many things but food wise the top spot has to be Pike Place Market. This is the oldest continually operated farmers market in the country, starting in 1907.
There is a three story neon sign that says Public Market Center, and for locals the official name for a while was Pike Market, but Pike Place Market is now the accepted term by locals, visitors, and Wikipedia.
A big four-lane street, Pike Street, ends just where the market begins, but there is a slight extension that bends and then narrows to a two lane road called Pike Place jammed with outside stalls under tents, parking for the lucky, trucks coming and going and people milling and eating. It’s at that street bend that you’ll find the famous fish stand where men heave twenty-pound salmon in the air. Up and over the counter to a mate who always manages to catch that fish.
It’s a fun, fun scene with terrific vendors of all kinds. Suzen and I were there last week and we’ll pass along some shopping tips for you. Tip number one: Tiny’s Organics.
You’ll find Tiny’s at farmers markets all over Seattle but this Pike Place one instantly won our heart. They make the best smoothie you ever could conceive of. And it’s green – except for some electricity. And it’s really healthy – no ice cream or yogurt. And absolutely none of those “healthy add-ins” that many smoothie places offer. Why there even is no ice.
No, Tiny has a simple recipe. Take fresh fruit, prepare as necessary, freeze it. Then put it in a blender with some apple cider. The result is sublime.
The fruit is fresh, but frozen. Go today and you’ll get what is season now, go later in the summer and you see what is coming off the trees and bushes then. So last week, with cherries in season, we had frozen cherries – pitted of course – in our fruit combination. At home, you can make up any combination you want. Suzen and I usually use “equal measure” of each fruit we have available. Then just enough cider, not juice, to let the mixture blend. At Tiny’s the beverage has the texture of mortar. If you love fruit, or your father was a bricklayer, then you must give this recipe a try.
Smoothie ala Tiny’s
Yield: up to you
- Equal parts frozen fruit, at least two of these appropriately peeled and pitted before being frozen:
- Apple cider
Fill your blender perhaps halfway with fruit. Start with ½ cup of apple cider. Add more as you blend to reach the consistency you desire.
Source: Tiny’s at Pike Place Market
My twin grandsons are mirror twins. That’s like being a SUPERTWIN. They look alike, but they “mirror” certain things. One is right handed, and his mirror brother is left-handed. One is artsy, and one is analytical. One is destined to be a chef and the other will be his lawyer.
That’s Chef Daniel in the picture. His brother, Reid, is on the sofa to the right, out of sight. Reid is watching TV. Actually, so is Daniel, which helps explain why this smoothie took 45 minutes to make.
Reid had asked his mother, Michele, for a smoothie. She made him one. Reid, who may turn out to be a food critic and a lawyer, said he did not like it.
“I’ll do it,” said Daniel. That’s when the clock started. Like his father, Daniel is a natural cook but a very meticulous one. He did not use a cookbook here, he did survey every shelf in the refrigerator and freezer and pantry for ingredients, and he was taste testing along the way.
He created the smoothie below. Because Daniel is already preparing his own private collection of recipes, I cannot reveal here the exact proportions of ingredients, but Daniel did agree to share the ingredient list. With Suzen, we have guestimated the ingredient amounts shown below. Daniel may, in the future, choose to share some of his other recipes. Suzen and I will strive for full disclosure.
Oh, Reid tasted this new smoothie and still was a tad dissatisfied. “Too cold,” he commented.
These guys may be mirror twins, but they do share one characteristic: they are total perfectionists. Twenty years from now, you really will be astonished at the food in Daniel’s restaurant while you sit with Reid going over every detail of the contract he has drawn up for you.
As their grandfather, all I can do is hope for a discount.
Daniel’s 45 Minute Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Yield: 1 drink
- 1 banana, peeled of course
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1 small container of strawberry yogurt
- 1 cup of ice
|Place the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Adjust the ice as necessary to attain the texture you desire. Add more yogurt to increase fluidity.|
Source: Chef Daniel Scott O’Rourke, Austin, Texas