The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, we picked up 1/2 of our plant starts at the farm yesterday. Gardening is one of my pleasures.
Lots of fun stuff, tomatoes, herbs, sunflowers, hot peppers.
Our farm share this week was filled with goodies. Fresh grown veggies and our farm family make me happy.
A bouquet of spring blooms, eggs, shallots, walnuts, rainbow chard, cilantro, bok choy, beet greens, lettuces, spinach, kale.
Last week’s farm share included mustard greens and a link to a NYT Cooking article for Umami Noodles with Mustard Greens. We don’t subscribe to the NY Times, and I couldn’t figure out a way to access the recipe without it, so I just made up my own recipe. It turned out great! Cooking and making up my own recipes feels good.
Pretty sure the NYT recipe was meat free, but mine was not. I started with lardons, cooked them well, then removed them from the wok. To the rendered pork fat I added sesame oil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, coconut aminos, homemade chicken stock, and fresh minced garlic. I added the sliced mustard greens, a big head of chopped spinach, and some Chinese broccoli and sautéed it all for a couple minutes. I then added back in the lardons, some pulled chicken breast from this week’s Instant Pot chicken (every week we cook a whole chicken in the instant pot, plus make stock for the week with the bones), and 1/2 box cooked spaghetti pasta. It was really really good! Good food makes me happy!
I’m not exactly an “eat to live” person, but not “live to eat” obsessed either. I like a nice balance and chocolate is definitely a food category in my life.
The Peacemaker and I set about Saturday night making dough for chocolate babka, which we LOVE! We let the dough rise overnight. We use the David Lebovitz Chocolate Babka 13-step recipe.
Step 7-spread chocolate & pecans
Step 10-a two hour rise
Step 13-drizzle baked babka with honey sugar syrup
Finished product. Delicious! Cooking and baking bring me joy. Eating chocolaty and rich desserts is bliss!
I love May in Oregon. Mother’s Day and my birthday, warm weather, but not too warm, it’s all good!
Yesterday’s reading corner in the shade garden outside the tea house. I’ve read nine books since shelter in place. Just started a new one yesterday.
Pink Camellia near the tea house.
I’m feeling good, my health is good. With the tweaks the doc made, everything is regulated. Oh, and I realized the Sudafed I take for my allergies jacks up my blood sugars. Who knew? No more over the counter meds without checking first.
This is the Hojicha (specially made green tea we brought back from Kyoto) Latte Blue Eyes made for me for our afternoon break. His office is downstairs, mine is upstairs, so we met in the kitchen! Sweet! He makes a mean hojicha latte!
What are your great pleasures during this time of shelter in place? ❤️