I’m at the dining table with my mug of coffee; Will and Rowan are taking a little siesta so I have a moment to write. I went to the grocery store the other day and brought home what I think is a little autumn bounty. A few pink lady apples, Bartlett pears, fingerling potatoes as… Continue reading Kitchen notes on a dreamy autumn morning
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
The result of an early morning at the market. Brussels sprouts, Florida oyster mushrooms, garlic, basil, and a mango from Miriam. Baby beets, Swiss chard, green onions, and green leaf lettuce from Deb. Strawberries, blueberries, and heirloom tomatoes from vendors we’ve just met. Pumpkin spice Kombucha from Kevin, eggs from Alecia, and “dud” loaves of… Continue reading February farmer’s market finds
We came home with many treasures from the market today: Sweet Gallberry honey from bees pollinating around the Green Swamp, a warm loaf of sourdough bread with a crust so crisp you can hear it crackle when you press it by your ear, fingerling potatoes (what child can resist?), a bag of dried red tea… Continue reading A Spring Lunch
All is mostly calm around here. Little Piper is sitting on my lap snacking on pretzels while I get a quick post in. We are steadily recovering from a cold we all caught last week. For lunch we ate a kale salad with purple cabbage, capers, hazelnuts, and an avocado dressing from Judita Wignall’s book… Continue reading Christmas Eve Eve
Today we made new friends who sent us home with a freshly laid egg from a hen that lives in their backyard. We also trotted home with a brown bag that held a paper plate all covered in foil, with slices of grilled eggplant (picked from the same backyard this same morning), tucked carefully inside… Continue reading Inspiration, 2.
With one perfectly ripe little avocado, two sweet Campari tomatoes, and a can of chickpeas, we enjoyed ourselves a lazy hands-on lunch. Two other must have ingredients for a delicious Bruschetta spread are quality bread, of course, and lots of fruity olive oil for drizzling. I baked two fresh loaves early in the morning, and though… Continue reading Nigella’s Breakfast Bruschetta
I’m writing again at the dining room table. Potted mums, tulips set in a jar with glass beads and water, and an orchid in full bloom sit behind the computer. Beyond, windows with blinds pulled let the afternoon light in. Bees and other bugs buzz about the garden, which still awaits today’s long drink of… Continue reading A quick post before the rains come
Thursday night I cooked Shakshuka, a fiery dish I first tasted in Israel that consists of eggs poached in tomato sauce. I bought one of the spiciest peppers that I could handle from the grocery store, a long green one that curls around the bottom, and wore gloves while seeding and cutting it. My last… Continue reading Shakshuka, farmer’s market, and roasties.
A toasted pita stuffed with hummus, Swiss chard, Garam masala sweet potatoes and bits of oven plumped raisins more than satisfied our late lunch appetites this afternoon. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and while it’s warming scrub and dice one large sweet potato. Leave the skin on — you’ll save yourself time and get… Continue reading On sweet potato stuffed pita pockets, and Winnie the Pooh.