This summer has been gorgeous, but this last month has been so rainy here! The good news is that my garden is getting so big and I have been getting tons of kale and lettuce out already. There is something special about growing your own food. Even with some rainy days, I seem to crave light, fresh food in the summer.
It has been a snowy week up here in the mountains; we got over 2 feet of snow total! Not to mention, the temps were as cold as -15F some nights (with a windchill of -30F!). This kind of weather calls for some serious comfort food. Thanks to Jamie Oliver for, yet another, delicious inspiration!
Sometimes I find myself talking about food with Ben, only to hear the response, “I have never had that.” It makes my heart ache; how could somebody not have had ____! This time, it was a muffin. NEVER. HAD. A. MUFFIN?! I have a soft spot for a good blueberry muffin, so I had to make a Ben Friendly (soon to be trademarked) blueberry muffin.
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.