We sat on the couch eating platefuls of warm latkes. Their brown, crisp, and lacy exterior in perfect contrast to their soft and mellow insides. The odor of grease, potatoes and onions still hangs in the air, taking form like the memory of Mother’s sweat. She brings comfort, lifts our spirits and fills our bellies with… Continue reading Latkes
The first farmers’ market of the season took place today. We shopped for produce between rainfalls. We brought home a few heavy bagfuls of goodies, but the star of the morning for me was the baby eggplants Miriam was selling at her booth. I gravitated toward Nigel Slater’s book Tender to prepare these gems. With… Continue reading Eggplant stew on a Saturday
We’re dog sitting for my parents, who are currently in Kirchensittenbach, Germany. Shallie is sitting next to me in bed as I write this, while Piper is watching cartoons on TV (we finally have one!). The other day, Piper woke up and wanted pancakes. I was too tired to set up the electric griddle and… Continue reading Dog sitting, Dutch Baby, & longing for Lagman noodles.
Festive meals for a summer get together or picnic: Pesto pasta salad with kalamata olives, fresh and sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and a bit of tofu for extra protein. Three bean salad with a honey and apple cider vinaigrette. Tofu frittata with cherry tomatoes, peas, and shiitake mushrooms. Cara Cara oranges for dessert. Simple &… Continue reading Favorite meals, lately
We spent the afternoon in the kitchen yesterday, putting together a delicious recipe for burnt eggplant with tahini included in Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Plenty, and later on a favorite mushroom and barley soup from Mark Bittman. I roasted the eggplant until its skin wrinkled and turned black in patches, then scooped out the soft flesh… Continue reading In our kitchen, yesterday.
Thunder woke us early this morning, and it looks as though we can expect rain all day. I love this weather, dark and wet as it is. I think our garden does, too. The last few days have been the opposite-bright and hot Florida days that we filled with as much time outside as we… Continue reading Spring days, rainy and sunny.
We are beginning to see the fruits of our work in this season’s garden. We went about planting more seriously this year. Will built two raised bed gardens and dug a patch in the ground for larger plants to have room to grow as well. We started seeds indoors at least a month ago, hardened… Continue reading gardens and fermented soybeans