Saturday, March 17, 2018

From Snow to Almost Spring

After the snow of Wednesday, the weather decided to moderate and I took a little walk.  

It was nice to see that the early flowers were persisting . . .

And at the edge of the woods, nettles were springing up. I'll let them get a little bigger before donning gloves and harvesting them for a spring cream of nettle soup.

A few trees are hazed with green . . .

And the trilliums are unfolding their trios of frog-speckled leaves.

The sedums are a lesson in resurrection . . .

And, at last, there are enough daffodils to pick a few for the house.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aji Amarillo and Coconut Milk Braised Chicken

The Knight cousins from Florida have been visiting and we have been eating like kings. Unfortunately, we have demolished each meal before I could think to get a picture. Except for last night  . . .

Thanks to our friend Cory who sent me the link to the recipe  
(HERE )and encouraged me to try it. It required sending off for the yellow pepper paste but aside from that, it was an easy recipe -- chicken and butternut squash braised in coconut milk that is flavored with the fruity/hot yellow pepper paste. It could almost be a Thai recipe -- except it's Peruvian. 

We served it over rice and accompanied it with a spinach/grapefruit/ strawberry salad, dressed with vinaigrette and garnished with pistachios and dried cherries.

Dessert was The Ultimate Chocolate Cake (See THIS POST)
and coconut ice cream.

We will be in penitential eating mode for the foreseeable future. . .

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Persist and Resist

When I saw this pot on my friend Barb's blog, I knew I'd found the perfect birthday present for my sister-in-law Fay who's been a steadfast member of the resistance in Charlottesville for some time now. Fay is my hero.

Fay has marched and carried signs and stood up to speak truth to power. She was there protesting at the rally where a woman was killed when one of the neo-Nazi/white supremacists drove a car into the crowd. And still she persists.

When I contacted Barb (her website is HERE) and asked about buying the pot, she said it wasn't for sale but she'd make me another.  And she did and I had the pleasure of meeting a long time blog/Facebook friend in person.

Happy birthday to Fay and many thanks to Barb for the perfect gift!