As I said before, the Knit Think Summer of Fun got off to a rip-roaring good start with the Buffy Sing-Along (and I know some of you are just not getting that whole thing, forcing me to keep bringing it up to help you understand). The bar was set high. But there's more! More fun in store!
This past Saturday, Youngest Son and I headed off to the Mill City Farmer's Market to attend an event sponsored by the Junior Gourmet Club, run by La Belle Vie's Tim McKee. I read about this club in the newspaper; McKee wants to get kids thinking about and trying foods of all shapes and tastes. The Saturday event was to be a tour of the Farmer's Market, followed by a cooking demonstration.
Unfortunately (well, not for the farmers) the Strib ran a big article about this market last week, and by the time the Gourmet Club was set to start, it was far too packed to have any kind of tour, especially one involving young kids. So we went straight to the cooking demonstration.
Here is Chef McKee himself, explaining what all the produce was that he'd picked up from the Market earlier. Those big white blobs? Those are goose eggs. They're huge. He admitted he'd never used them before. By the time the demonstration was over, the goose eggs were gone, but I did score some duck eggs. We had them scrambled for breakfast yesterday. Know what? Duck eggs are tasty.
All participants were given a bottle of specially mixed Ras al Hanout, a Moroccan spice McKee used to season trout fillets, which he grilled and served on buns with garlic aioli. Yes, some of the younger participants would have none of it (to quote the three-year-old next to us: "I'm not eating that"). Youngest Son, I'm proud to say, overcame his initial nervousness and liked it so much he had seconds.
Minus, of course, the sliced of grilled green pepper.
He was less sure about the ice cream made from the same Moroccan spice:
Ultimately, he proclaimed it fully edible. Just not something he'd want every day. Especially not if Americone Dream was an option.
So: Buffy vs. the Gourmet Club--Buffy wins, no contest. The Club was enjoyable, but not what it was supposed to be. Not through any fault of the organizers--they apparently had no idea the Strib was going to do a big promotional piece that would disrupt traffic. (Not to mention the vendors, who seemed to have been blindsided--there were lots of "sold out" signs by 10:30, and the market was supposed to be open until 1). But I'd certainly consider going on another outing with them. This is a new venture for La Belle Vie, and it's bound to have a few teachable moments in the beginning for all involved. (If you're interested, call 612-874-6440 to be added to the email list.)
Sunday, however, Buffy had a formidable opponent. It was back to the Riverview Theater for an all-day event: the Harry Potter marathon. Yup--all four movies, back to back. I didn't bring a camera, which was stupid; there was a costume contest, and there were some pretty amazing entries. The winner was a Hagrid look-alike. Although maybe it wasn't fair for him to win; he had the natural...ah...girth and what looked like a real beard. But still. The marathon started at 11 a.m.; we left at 10:30 p.m. There was a one-hour dinner break and two 15-minute breaks. The theater obligingly ordered in pizzas for us to buy by the slice, and of course there was plenty of yummy popcorn (seriously, the Riverview has the best popcorn ever--they even sell it as takeout). The aroma in the theater got a little, shall we say, human by the end, but it wasn't intolerable. I saw a knitter making a huge wool bootie (she planned to felt it, but it looked Hagrid-sized). No, I didn't bring any knitting, because although I am knitting again, everything I have going requires light and attention. Even my stockinette sock is at the toe, and no way am I going to kitchener in the dark at a movie.
It was really, really fun to watch all four movies like that. Interesting to see the kids get older, see the storylines develop, and boy, you could sure tell when the directors changed. We left tired, stuffed full of popcorn, happy, and excited for movie 5 and book 7.
But did Potter trump Buffy? In a word--no. It was very close, though. Very close.
Stay tuned for more exciting installments of Knit Think's Summer of Fun! Coming to a computer near you--Prince. ZZ Top. Weird Al. The fun just never stops.