We have an avocado tree growing in our backyard that we started ourselves from one of our leftover pits that we chucked into the compost heap a few years ago. I’m so proud of this tree–a living relic of our gardening days past. After a good rain, the tree looks lush and sprightly. Little baby… Continue reading The little things
Yesterday I watched this clip of Nigella Lawson cooking Elvis sandwiches—you know, mashed banana and peanut butter slathered between two slices of bread and then toasted in a buttery pan until crisp and golden brown on the outside, and all warm and gooey on the inside. Well, I made them this morning and they are… Continue reading Simple pleasures
My mother-in-law knows how to cook up a mean pot of steel-cut oats. Whenever we go to visit for breakfast or brunch, there’s usually some of that magical, warm porridge waiting for us, along with a proper cup of tea. Mom cooks her oatmeal with hearty add-ins like raisins that plump with the slow heat,… Continue reading On the comforts of Steel-Cut Oatmeal
We are enjoying a gloriously rainy morning, complete with rolling clouds and claps of thunder. Holed up in the house, I spent the morning feeding Piper hot pancakes, scrambled eggs (from beautiful local hens), strawberry slices and orange juice. I’m in the mood for breakfast lately, and frequently indulging in long drawn out meals with… Continue reading Breakfast indulgences and garden notes on a rainy Thursday afternoon
Good morning and happy New Year’s eve! We are just beginning to eat breakfast over here, my daughter and I. She’s dipping cucumber slices into hummus (her favorite, why not?) and I’m about to mix up a cheery fruit smoothie. I really wanted to share with you all a video that I find perfect for… Continue reading A very quick note to wish you a Happy New Year’s Eve
Last night, we ate crispy Brussels sprouts in a balsamic vinaigrette and rice noodles fried on a hot griddle and loaded up with lots of carrots, juicy slices of mushroom, cilantro, crushed peanuts and beansprouts all at Lakeland’s Food Truck Rally downtown (thanks, Off The Griddle!). Crowds of folks and their families gathered in Munn… Continue reading On the Food Truck Rally, a quick and yummy breakfast, and some tips for your garden.
For the past several days my husband and I have been enjoying green juice for breakfast. I have been following Daphne Oz’s recipe for “Glow Juice” from Relish. Daphne calls for parsley, mint, kale, cucumber, apple, celery, and lemon. The flavor of the drink changes slightly depending on the proportions of herbs you use and the juiciness of… Continue reading On green juice, cravings, bread, and lentil soup.
Yesterday morning while my husband and daughter played in the garden, I turned the radio on and listened to some news as I started to cook polenta. As I watched hot bubbles of cornmeal slowly emerge and pop within the pot I became somewhat entranced, and visions of strong armed Italian women from days yore came to me… Continue reading The possibilities of polenta