Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
We've been reacquainted this summer after a few too many less than memorable encounters.
What was I thinking???
Second chances, people. They are so important.
Quinoa's won me over this summer, stubborn girl that I am.
Rinsed in a damp tea towel over a mesh strainer, the bitterness is lost. Simmered and steamed, in about 20 minutes it's ready for accompaniment. Twice (maybe three times?) I've tossed it, still a tiny bit warm, with the kernels of 2 corncobs, a little minced spring onion and a few slivered leaves of basil and dressed it with a big squeeze from 1/2 a lime, enough olive oil to make me happy and some sea salt. Last night we ate it in bowls, topped with stewed spicy beans, more summer corn with jalapeno and lime, a quick tomato salsa and a grating of cheese.
And, you know what? It's even delicious for breakfast...
Breakfast Quinoa with Almond-Peach Quick Jam
Simmer 3 peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped ripe peaches together with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) of almond extract until thickened, crushing and stirring the fruit as you go - about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Drizzle enough soy milk over a small dish of leftover plain quinoa to moisten the grains (more or less, depending on your preference) and reheat until just warm.
Spoon over some of the jam and eat happily.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
A Fennel and Radish Salad
Thinly slice one fresh bulb of fennel and one giant purple radish (or a few smaller radishes of your choosing), and toss the slices together in a bowl with a good squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Season it all with salt and pepper and a few feathery shavings of parmesan.
Vacation was amazing - going through the photos now...
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Of course, there's a bit of this salad leftover from yesterday too.
Some how we'll muddle through...
I might even snap a photo or two again.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Planning on giving this a go - to be consumed with a smear of fresh goat cheese and a drizzle of honey, perhaps.
And - I know - it's early for cherries here, but I can't seem to pass them by, even if they are from California...
But I had to give Todd Thrasher's cherries a go (I gave mine a hot-water bath so that they'll keep longer), and I can't wait to taste them after they've cured a bit. Also decided that this is the year I finally buy a cherry pitter (just snagged a vintage one, actually) - because that little paperclip, there? Doesn't work AT ALL - ended up using a piping tip out of frustration...
Have a lovely long(!) weekend!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Love this story in the current issue of Bon Appetit - I laughed out loud in places; dreamed of deliciously chaotic Saturday lunches, and drooled over the gorgeous photos
Also - made this over the weekend:
Grilled Peppers with Lemon Thyme and Capers
(as I remember it)
Bring the little hibachi out onto the deck*, then drag over the smallest of the three porch rocking chairs. Start a charcoal fire and let the coals ash over before you spread them over the base of the grill. Insert the grates over the hot coals and give them a few minutes to heat up. Rub a little olive oil over 4 sweet red peppers and lay two on each grate. Sit back in your rocker, tongs within reach, cool glass in hand. Smell the rain approaching, contemplate the sizzle and smoke, nudge the peppers every so often, until the skins are blistered and the flesh is softened. Transfer the lot to a brown paper bag (use those tongs!), roll the top closed and let them steam a few minutes on the kitchen counter. When they've cooled enough to handle, slide them out of the bag onto the cutting board, slip their skins away, and slit one side so that they can be splayed open on the board. Pull the stems away and take the membranes and seeds out too. Slice the soft peppers into 1/2 inch strips and toss them into a pretty bowl as you go. Shake out a small handful (a tablespoon or so) of salt-packed capers and rinse them in hand, in the sink - don't let any escape! Coarsely chop them on the board and add them to the pepper strips. Smash and finely chop (or mash into a paste) 1 small clove of garlic - add it to the bowl along with a teaspoon of red wine vinegar, a tablespoon of olive oil and a few tiny leaves of lemon thyme (or herb of your choice). Toss together with clean hands and season with a little salt and pepper. Be sure to leave it sit on the counter to think about things for a half an hour or so before you bring your plate by.
*Or, you can, of course, use the broiler - just be vigilant...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
then there are radishes too - lovely, long(ish) French breakfast and a couple deep-red globes of cherry belles. these we crunch out of hand, pinching their little tails as we go. spicy this year too - a bonus in my book.
and spring without asparagus? it just wouldn't be right. (loving this little hibachi - parking it on the deck, sitting low - if grilling could be intimate, this is the way)
happy weekend-ing to you all!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
In those first few days of warming weather, shoots and leaves begin to sprout in shades of green so vibrant they seem, well, almost...un-natural. While I'm plunking radish seeds into damp, freshly-tilled soil, a few rows over the sorrel and arugula are already making good on last year's investments. Tarragon stretches upward at an alarming pace and the chives already have their pretty purple blossoms. Tiny, perfectly ruffled burnet leaves appear, the oregano is a small bush on it's own , and that mint - it may just devour every living thing in its path this year... (I'm thinking mojitos and raita, tea and summer rolls are going to be abundant this summer) While these old friends are taking off, I've been snipping away - a little of this, a little of that - to eat, tumbled together in the salad bowl. Tossed with fingers, sprinkled with toasted sesame, a slight Parmesan dusting, and a drizzle of dressing - spring is here; get it while the getting's good!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Mango and Rose Water Parfait
Peel and cut 1/2 a ripe mango. Combine the mango pieces, about 1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste) and 1/8 teaspoon rose water in a food processor or blender. Puree until well-blended and mostly smooth. Layer in a half-pint jam jar with plain yogurt and homemade granola (I like Molly's - minus the chocolate). This made enough fruit puree for me to make two 1/2 pint jars.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sip a Gingino and think warm and sunny thoughts. Happy Friday!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
that popped out with several other brave souls at some point when I wasn't looking. As did the chives that I snipped and tossed into a nice cold weather salad for Sunday dinner.
(After which I made a note to remember to do more with radicchio - far under-used in my kitchen, I realize)
Even with that 'surprise' bit of snow this Monday and all the rain heading our way, signs of spring are emerging and I'm smitten.
I love peeking at these photos of vintage linen (something about spring coming and airing out fresh laundry on the line, I suppose).
This panna cotta was (is still) amazing - bright, light and redolent of sunny days. (I did use regular lemons though, as Meyers can be hard to come by here sometimes, and I might add a little more sugar next time even though I like tart sweets...)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Here are a few things I've been particularly enjoying in general this week:
My Life in France (such a great read and positively transporting)
Kusmi Troika tea (I like it a little sweet, and very strong on chilly, wet early spring mornings...)
You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger (Woody Allen - makes me laugh, every time)
Have a great weekend!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
In the meantime, I hope all your holidays were full of warmth and good company and your new year is off to a great start!