Awesome cookbook that captures authentic recipes and techniques. It is not watered down/simplified, however author does provide some guidance on ingredients and the setting surround the foods consumption. It will take me a bit to cook through everything and I want to do more research on the sour meat techniques but a few of the simple snack recipes turned out on point. Add this book to your collection if you are serious about learning, eating, cooking Thai. A road trip to Pok Pok is also in the works. Stay tuned for more dishes!
Pictured below- plaa lek thawt krob (fried tiny fish) and yam met mamuang himaphaan (fried cashews with salt, chiles and green onions)
I received a copy of this book from blogging for books in exchange for my honest review.
My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for future bounty, meat from a local farmer or, of course, a shopping trip to local Costco or grocery store (probably delivered, because I would rather be playing, or you know #life). I am not going to put on airs, just know that I vote with my dollar, taste buds and I like to snap pictures of my food. And eat out too. Ok, I like to eat good food.
Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad
Green beans (CSA)
Cherry tomatoes (C)
Olive oil (Instacart)
Basil (pot on deck)
Crumbled Farmer’s cheese (CSA)
Salt and Pepper
Blanch the beans, trim the ends and slice into 1/2 inch segments or so. Slice the cherry tomatoes. Finely chop a clove garlic and basil. Toss ingredients together, dress lightly with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Don’t fret too much about quantities, I used about 1 lb beans.
Rainbow of Beets, Carrot Ribbons and Radish Salad with Coriander vinaigrette dressing
Beets: Chiogga, Red, Golden (CSA)
Radishes (CSA, garden)
Honey (backyard hive)
Here is the link to the recipe. I added some chopped up extra peppery arugula for a kick and at least trippled the quantity.
Herbed Smashed Potatos with Roast Chicken and Sautéd Tat Soi, Spring Onions and Baby Bellas
2 pounds potatoes (CSA)
Fresh and finely choped rosemary, thyme, oregano (or sage) (backyard)
Goat Milk Yogurt (CSA), no more than 1/2 cup
Wash, scrub the potatoes and cut them in half or quarter. Put them in pot or pressure cooker and cover with water by an inch. In pressure cooker, bring to 15 PSI for 6 minutes and quick release. Drain potatoes and let them sit in colander. Add oil to pot, turn on heat, add garlic for a minute and then herbs until aromatic, just minutes. Add the potatoes back in, turn off heat and smash with wooden spoon etc. Mix in yogurt (or milk) to help make potatoes a little more creamy, add salt and pepper to taste, top with butter.
1 pound tat soi (CSA) or other leafy green like bok choi, spinach, chard etc
Spring onion (CSA), sliced about 1/2 cup
Oyster sauce (your favorite asian grocery store)
Sliced mushrooms (C)
Garlic (C )
Avocado oil (C)
Add oil, onions, garlic and tat soi. Stir fry on high heat. About half way through wilting, add oyster sauce, about 1 tablespoon and continue stirring until all cooked. Salt and pepper, chili flakes or sauce to taste.
Roast Chicken – from Windy N Ranch in Ellensburg, done in my favorite way. This chicken and many scraps then became stock in the pressure cooker!
Ahh, pie…… Rhubarb from my garden, blueberries from CSA and Asian pears from the yard, frozen last fall.
I was more busy than usual in the kitchen over the weekend, prepping some treats for the freezer, friends and a hungry toddler that needs to not know about all the places the veggies hide.
Butternut squash cornbread: refined sugar free! used up some organic frozen squash (sneaky veggie!) and yes really 2 T baking powder (use aluminum free). This was amazingly soft yet still cornbread-y… next time i might pop in some curry powder instead of nutmeg and ginger.Carrot Parsnip Oatmeal Muffins (based off this recipe), sweetened with pure maple syrup. Great for toddlers (sneaky veggies). I added raisins and some random dried chopped apricots along with grated parsnip and carrots. They do stick to the papers more than usual. I doubled and froze. Someone helped me mix them up too. Stirred in his own veggies!
Out celebrating National Honey Bee Day this morning…. Here are some photos and quick videos. No stings either!
Happenings at the hive entrance (video clip, complete with buzzing)
Quick video clip of my honey bees being busy on the inner cover. Note: this is actual bee speed. It was a warm day and they had some fanning and communicating to do (about me entering the hive). They slow down more when I starting working in the hive (read: smoked). This year I have really tried to be light with the smoke. I think that some of my stings last year were from over smoking and really angering the girls. Fight the urge! I use cut up coffee bean burlap bags for fuel.
Another video of two of my girls gather some pollen and nectar off of one of my lemon queen sunflowers (photo above, part of the Great Sunflower Project). It is so interesting how the wings showed up.
Lastly – sweet reward for everyone. I cleaned out some burr comb that had honey it before adding a new box (I think the honey harvest will be a good one this year). Had a sweet snack for myself and put the container back out later for the girls to clean out.
I fell in love with the murals in Cuba but was also enamored by the graffiti and mosaics. No lame tagging full of misspelled words and old-school pacman shapes. Their focus on the arts is evident. Enjoy, this small slice!
Notice the homage to Che Guevera – don’t be distracted by the hubs “Kaepernicking” in Revolution Square, Havana
Not a mural but interesting – reminds me of the Honey Nut Cheerio Bee doing Karaoke
Just for fun Hubs and I are submitting photos to a calendar competition. Between the two of us we keep the images flowing for Odds and Hens. I did try taking pictures once while working in the hives. This is not a smart idea – its sticky business. Having my trusty helper, second opinion and photographer is a must. A bit of an “emergency contact” too given that my reactions to stings seem to be increasing in intensity.
The beauty of summer is in the foods: flavors, colors and variety. We recently hosted a celebration dinner featuring a lot of our favorites: surf & turf, brown paper, bees, home canning, watermelon, tomatoes, curry corn bread muffins, wine …
Watermelon Coolers with Basil
Vodka if you are into that sort of think
Lime for garnish (read: really optional)
Jalapeño for kick (really optional)
If you have a juicer this is pretty simple. If you don’t have a juicer this is pretty simple, just an extra step if you don’t want pulp or to cut off the rind. I will share the blender version.
Cut up your watermelon into big chunks. I leave most of the rind on, which I am sure is killing my blender blades (no almighty Vitamix here…. Yet) when I filter it, but if you plan to leave the pulp, which is still darn good, I would cut the green part off.
Throw it into the blender and puree it really good. Toss in some basil leaves. You could use mint too. I used about 4 leaves, to taste. At this point you could put in a few slices of jalapeño if you want or wait till the end. I had the best of intentions to add but mine where moldy. Oh well.
Strain into a pitcher. I tried a few different methods and my metal strainer with a funnel worked the best.
You will need to likely scrape and move around the pulp in the strainer so that it doesn’t get plugged. Remember though, gravity is your friend.
I put the pulp into a bowl lined with cheese cloth, which at the end, I gathered up and squeezed to get even more juice out. You can toss it back into the blender to see if it will liquefy up more. (the repeat)
Chill, serve over ice with some basil ribbons and lime slice. I think an orange would be delightful too. Add vodka if you like. I enjoy hanging out with my friend Gray Goose.
Enjoy! A medium watermelon or two of those small ones made enough for 8 people to have the refreshing cocktail.
Deconstructed Caprese Salad with Uber Fresh Tomatoes from My Neighbor
Filet Mignon Skewers with Fresh Veggie Skewers (Turf) & Steamed King Crab Legs (Surf)
We LOVE the simple crab dipping sauce of salt, pepper and fresh squeezed lime juice! Look at the steam rolling off those lovely legs….
For dessert we dined on Asian pears poached in wine sauce with vanilla ice cream. Sadly no pictures, as it was melting! I canned the pears last fall. They are easy, unbelievably tasty, with good texture and the wine when reduced is great on top of a good vanilla. Here is my post with details and recipe.
This post is nothing fancy (though I LOVE the parasol – so really just an excuse to share the picture)….. This past Memorial Day weekend, Seattle hosted the perennial Northwest Folklife festival. Full of artisans and musicians, it also has quite a few characters. In no way did I get photos of all of them, capture the heart of the event nor even the best of the worst, but enough to give you a flavor and share a few perspectives. Funny how some people in their get ups, appear to want attention but not their photos…. God only knows what I would have worn as a juvenile to this event though… Next year telephoto, camouflage (aka sparkly medival, fairy or Flashdance attire), balloon animal decoys and courage to snap them all!
The photo challenge this week for photofriday was “Shades of Gray”. Yes, I could do the obvious, but I would only be a poser. Given that I haven’t read the books…. Besides, I love texture and perspectives. To get a sense of what to capture. I did some research, with my fingers and with my feet, out and about in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Quite impressed when you sit and look, in its totality, at the definitions of shade.
Shade as a surname:
Olde English pre 7th Century “sceadu”, Middle English “shade”, (shadow) have been given as a nickname to a very thin man.
Topographical name for someone who lived near a boundary, deriving from the Olde English “scead”, boundary (from “sceadan”, to divide)
Shade, according to Merriam-Webster:
comparative darkness or obscurity owing to interception of the rays of light
shelter (as by foliage)
evanescent or unreal appearance
disembodied spirit : ghost
Used to signal the similarity between a previously encountered item and one at hand ; usually used in plural (shades of my childhood)
something that intercepts or shelters from light, sun, or heat
device partially covering a lamp so as to reduce glare
reproduction of the effect of shade in painting or drawingcolor produced by a pigment or dye mixture having some black in it
color slightly different from the one under consideration
a minute difference or variation : nuance
Gray – Interestingly, much like my spelling bee post about “necessisary“, B. Zimmerman blogged about his spelling bee memory of gray vs grey. He had a more fortunate outcome (winning!) but still seemingly has some baggage. Essentially gray and grey mean the same thing, so don’t over think it. It has more to do with which side of the pond and popularity, Grammarist explains. Gray however, does have the added distinction of indicating a unit of measure of imparted energy and kerma, quantified in 1975 by Mr. Louis Harold Gray. Kerma? Karma? Kermit? Kerplop. It just doesn’t stop…. at least I can stop worrying about how to spell gray.
Additional research is notable for Christian Grey (of 50 shade’s BDSM fame) was born in Detroit, which borders Canada, is not particularly thin though but does have a “dark side” … hmmmm, probably should read it now.