To pair with my Malaysian Curry Laska, I decided to make a light salad. The RawSpiceBar box also had a Kaffir Lime spice blend, which I though would be perfect for a cucumber salad. I ended up making a dressing out of the spice blend and tossing it with shaved mango and cucumber.
I cannot get enough of all the delicious stone fruit that is in season! I have been buying cherries for almost a month straight. It has had me daydreaming about having my own fruit trees and big vegetable gardens… Someday! For now I will obsess over my tiny patch in front of my apartment. I have harvested two whole green beans and a good amount of snow peas. My carrots, kale, mixed greens and broccoli are well on their way though!
Wow, has this sunshine been great! Every sunny summer day in the mountains makes up for an entire week of rain/snow. Everything has gotten so green, my plants are all finally growing and the farmer’s markets have started. Life is good. I have been enjoying the abundance of fresh product as well!
There has been quite the trend going around the food world. I am sure many of you have heard the term Zoodles or of the new “spiralizer” gadget. It seems that people have discovered a healthier way to eat noodles- and I am on board. I was skeptical at first, but after trying them myself, I am officially a “Zoodle” fan. I, unfortunately, do not own a Spiralizer. BUT, I was able to create these delicious zucchini noodles on my mandolin. I just put in the wide julienne insert and adjusts the thickness to my liking- voila! I am excited to try some other vegetables!
The holidays are just around the corner; what will you be making? For those of you who are not sure, I’ve compiled a list of my top 30 favorite holiday recipes. There are some sweet, some savory, some for the early morning and some for late night. Enjoy!
I officially bought my first Christmas tree. It is a living 1 1/2 ft European Cypress. I am so excited that I found a living tree! Ben also got us a pine candle. Needless to say we are feeling quite festive here in the mountains. The Christmas spirit has also made me want to cook festive food, even dessert- something that I don’t normally crave.
It is finally beginning to feel like summer in the mountains! My heirloom tomato plants have little baby tomatoes finally and the rest of my plants are growing like crazy. I can’t wait to be able to put them outside and plant my outdoor garden. We’ve also been getting awesome organic boxes from Door to Door Organics, filled with delicious fruits and vegetables- perfect for juicing materials.
After being back in Colorado for a couple of weeks, I finally was able to go to the farmers’ market! I went to the Vail Farmers’ Market last week and stumbled upon some really great produce and meat. The Vail market is nice because you are so much closer to the farmers from the Western Slope. I was able to fill over half of a grocery bag with all kinds of veggies for only $10! I also got some great wine-poached goat cheddar and sage goat cheddar from Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy, as well as a delicious grass-fed leg of lamb from Crystal River Meats. While all of this was fantastic, I have to admit that the perfectly-ripe assortment of heirloom tomatoes were the highlight of the market for me.
In Colorado, “April showers brings May flowers” means next to nothing. They have been getting feet of snow then 80 degree weather this month! In NYC the saying is pretty accurate. Springtime in the city really does feel like spring. The trees here are so pretty with beautiful blooming flowers!
Once again, Secret Recipe Club has provided me with another great blogger and recipe inspiration. This month I was assigned to Jeanette’s Healthy Living. Jeanette’s blog is filled with gorgeous food photos and so many delicious recipes, it was so hard to choose! I wanted to make her Roasted Red Pepper Carrot Pesto, Mango Panna Cotta w/ Kiwi Mango & Strawberries, Chinese Szechuan Spicy Fish Soup, and so much more. It was a tough choice, but I decided to make her Mango Avocado Pepper Salsa for my SRC post.