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Archive for March, 2009

March 30, 2009


that popped up on last year’s pumpkin mound after we de-weeded it. It saddens me to dig them up, but we need the dirt for our raised bed project (which is coming along nicely). Maybe I will try to transplant them. Some of them. We do not need 37 pumpkin plants.

Also the huge zucchini from last year are refusing to decompose in a timely manner. See them back there, all sunburned and old? Just rot, already. I can’t put you in our worm bin because the worms died when we went to Australia and I haven’t ordered new ones. Gardens are so needy. Especially when you don’t know what you’re doing.

March 30, 2009

simple roasted vegetables

…in pretty spring colors.

We eat these at least once a week, in varying combinations depending on what’s in the fridge and what I’ve picked up at the farmers market. Sometimes I toss in cubes of tofu for a little protein or make quinoa as a side, but mostly we just eat these straight out of the oven with a pile of simple salad.

And I swear this is SUCH an easy dinner. If you’re focused, you can peel and slice/cube everything, plus make the simple saucey mixture in 20 minutes. Then you just dump everything onto a foil lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20-30 minutes at 375°. Which means the kitchen is clean and table is set by the time the vegetables are ready.

Last night I used:

Baby carrots
Unnamed hard squash from our yard

I love roasting things that are not normally considered roast-worthy. Soooo delicious.

Peel, slice, cube all vegetables and deposit in a large mixing bowl.

On the side whisk (in whatever quantities sound good to you):

olive oil
smashed garlic
cumin seeds
fennel seeds
sea salt
chili powder
a little water for volume

Or add other herbs and spices you prefer, of course. Actually this is really good with just a simple sprinkling of olive oil, garlic and salt.

Dump the mixture onto the vegetables and toss to coat well. THe dump the vegetables onto a foil lined cookie sheet and pop the whole thing into the oven. You’ll need to mix the vegetables a few times while they’re roasting, but other than that they require little supervision.

I like to finish them with chopped fresh herbs, maybe a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper.


March 26, 2009

i’ve been distant…

I know. It’s not you it’s me. It’s just that I’ve been slammed at work and have many obligations in life outside of blogger at the moment, which leaves little to no time for the posting of cute, interesting things. And this makes me sad because I love posting cute interesting things. So to cheer myself up while I design iPhone applications this week, I decided I deserved anemones on my desk at work,

whose pictures I took with said iPhone.

I would also like to make it known that I didn’t care a lick about anemones until the wedding obsession started. I mean I’ve always liked them, but it’s only in the last year that I’ve dedicated an entire research folder on my computer to their arrangement. And I’m still sad that I didn’t get them in my bouquet. But I couldn’t rationalize flying them in from some distant greenhouse so I could have them in the desert in October. Stop obsessing about the wedding that has come and gone. Just stop.

March 25, 2009

scenes from the weekend + signs of spring

mushroom and beet green scramble

chai tea from soap making extravaganza

a visit to dandelion ranch

pretty pink flowers on the peach tree

tiny fall pomegranates gone to seed

one of many… see below

Spring is not my favorite season. I like it in theory, the little buds appearing on fruit trees, weedy flowers and clover carpeting the otherwise untended parts of the backyard, artichokes, longer days, getting home before dark… that’s all great. But isn’t it just such a tease? It’s windy and sort of warmish if you stand in the sun with a sweater on, but really it’s still cold and my feet turn purple when i insist on wearing sandals to work. arrg. i need summer. now. and it’s months away.

I do love snooping around neighborhood gardens this time of year though. And smelling orange blossoms at night when the bedroom window is open. And figuring out what to do with the colony of baby artichokes forming outside the kitchen door.

Any ideas? I need easy baby artichoke ideas.

March 19, 2009

more spring, this time heath

I’m pretty positive you all are tired of hearing about my ongoing material obsessions. But I have to share these anyway because they’re so nice.

Oooh. I know. See, you’re glad I posted this. Because most people don’t stalk the Heath site waiting for their seasonal collections to appear, so I’m guessing your haven’t seen yet. I’m feeling desperate for the bud vase set. But I will wait because I have self restraint. Even though it doesn’t appear that I exercise it all that often.

March 19, 2009

spring protea family blooms

I’ve mentioned before my love of all members of the protea family. Remember that cool wreath from christmas? well my same friend at the farmers market has a whole mess of spring pretties right now, in bright flaming colors and textures. Which means that I could not possibly walk away yesterday without buying an entire armful of spiny flowering things.

I love them in the vintage french flower bucket.

If anyone is looking for DIY, or should I say buy-it-yourself, wedding ideas these can be purchased at flea markets very inexpensively. Mine are old and ratty, but you can find really beautiful ones with flaking paint and pretty patina too.

March 17, 2009

things we did over the weekend…

that I recommend you do too. If possible. If you live close-ish to palm springs.

Stayed here:

Had drinks in their awesome bar, the Amigo Room:

(tabletops made from mexican bank notes! their design details are excellente.)

Went running through the desert:

Looking at wildflowers:

Watched lots of this:

(that’s Federer, btw. Yes I’m a big tennis nerd)

Saw the Wayne Thiebaud exhibit (which was amazing):

And popped into the new, terrible-for-bank-account-but-excellent-for-new-additions-to-your-home DWR Annex.

Disclaimer: we said before we set foot inside this craven home of modern design items that we were ONLY going to look for one thing. A particular bed we’ve (I’ve) been eyeing forever. And we said this knowing there was like pretty much no way the exact one we wanted was going to be there. Except it was. Brand new, never been out of the crate, returned by the original purchaser even before unpacking, but couldn’t be sold as new. (SCORE!)

We like to think that we’re doing our part to stimulate the economy. At a ridiculous discount.

I’d also like to mention that we usually only accomplish a fraction of the above when we’re out in the desert. Our normal agenda includes running, drinking coffee, reading the paper, laying by the pool, maybe playing tennis and then settling in to cocktail hour. So we’re feeling pretty proud of ourselves. We went to a museum!

March 16, 2009

feel good photo for monday

from the Ace Hotel, palm springs…

I love escaping the misery of LA winter with a little desert warmth. Got home late last night, to work early this morning, more interesting posts to resume tomorrow.

March 12, 2009

i think i might need some ninu

Or else i’m just being tricked by the beautiful Italian girl who makes these things?

Ninu on Etsy.

March 11, 2009

find these oranges

soon. I keep forgetting to post about these because they are just oranges, so how interesting could they really be? VERY interesting, if you must know. Interesting enough that I’ve been eating at least 2 per day for the last month and a half.

The Cara Cara.

Aren’t they pretty with their rosy fruit? Pretty is all good and fine, but pretty isn’t the point. They are so amazingly delicious I cannot stop thinking about them. And here’s the sad part: limited season. You can only get them this time of year at our markets, (jan, feb, march), so you’d best be locating them soon. I’m going over to the farmers market at lunch to fill my baggu with our weekly supply. Actually semi-weekly supply because we just bought a bunch on Sunday and they are gone.

I’ve seen them at Whole Foods too, but if at all possible try to get them from a farmer. I don’t want you to be disappointed when you taste the Whole Foods variety and think they are just the same as regular navels. I assure you they are not. They are super sweet and super tangy at the same time. Literally perfection.