Gardening is just the most amazing thing. I’m always in awe watching what comes up out of the dirt after there was nothing weeks ago. We planted rainbow chard again this year – I love it. It’s inspired me to highlight seasonal selections from my garden and local farm stands this summer. Does anyone belong to a CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture)? Having your own garden can be a bit like that: I have this box (or garden in my case) of produce, now what do I do? Well, we ate a LOT of salads last week! As I’ve said before…the garden/nature doesn’t wait. That’s also the beauty of a garden or CSA: you have to deal with your bounty. It inspired me to think about and research different ways to enjoy eating our rainbow chard. Last year was the first time we grew it and ate it!
Thanks to Sam, I am no longer indifferent to guacamole. In fact, I can now say I love it. To be more specific, I love Sam’s recipe. I never realized (never really thought about it either) how personal guacamole is. I want LOTS of fresh cilantro, but know you either love or hate cilantro; there’s no middle ground. At least that’s been my experience and if certain friends are coming over and there’s cilantro involved, I have to stop and think, “hmmmm are they lovers or haters”? It’s not worth losing friends over, but I admit to feeling a bit sorry for them. Salsa without cilantro? A Banh mi sandwich? A wrap without stems and leaves just snipped from the garden? Perish the thought.
I admit it; I hibernated. I will avoid a rehash of the longest, hardest winter I remember ever in my life and get to the task at hand: blogging.
Rose Water Marshmallows are a tribute to surviving the above mentioned winter and an homage to the eager anticipation of Spring. The Spring rose of food coloring is peeking through the snow sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. Perfect. Spring has been peeking at us little by little even during a March 26th blast of snow.
I tasted them and immediately understood Confection as “a delicacy made with sweet ingredients.” They are beautiful to look at and really unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Yes, a marshmallow, but with that hint of rose flavor from the rose water they are unique and special…just like Spring.
Happy Anniversary Pirate Kitchen! I thoughtandthoughtandthought about a blog off and on for years and then three years ago *poof* it happened. The other night at yoga, our instructor said, “take your practice seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.” She added a quick, “know what I mean?” And I did. I still do and will try to forever infinity. There have been many times along the way here that I’ve taken this and myself way too seriously and felt the crash and burn coming. But then I shut my eyes really tight and remind myself why I do this: I love it. I also have to thank Rob (cheerleader and occasional IT department) for lots of hand-holding and reminding me why I do this. It’s a capsule for many things I love that are sometimes related and sometimes not, but to me make sense. Know what I mean?
We are going to have a mammoth garden this year and started with only a few tomato and pepper plants. Or so I thought. I had no idea Rob planted the rainbow chard (and the spinach and the beans!) and all of a sudden…the rainbow chard was HUGE and something had to be done…