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June 19, 2012

Cooking, recently.

I’m going to be straight with you all. There hasn’t been a whole lot of cooking going on around these parts as of late. Occasionally something gets made, but mostly not so much. I’ve been inspired to make lots of things, and even buy the ingredients sometimes, but when it gets down to the standing in the kitchen… I usually opt for something else.

However, a few things I can share:

Beautiful apricots from Frog Hollow Farm… visiting at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market for only a few more weeks. Their bing cherries are almost too sweet. I swear. Totally worth whatever they want to charge me. And the apricots are delicious, though I did intend to make apricot-lavender jam with them. Ask me if that’s happened yet.

Roasted tomatoes and yummy lentil salad from new fave, Plenty.

Delicious rhubarb rosewater syrup from 101 Cookbooks, plus salsa verde (of the Italian variety) inspired by An Everlasting Meal. Which is a beautiful book, btw. I haven’t finished it because it seems a waste to read such inspired writing on food when one has no interest in cooking. Maybe towards the end of the summer.

Simple, roasted spring veg… delicious with the salsa verde.

And the last of the fava beans from our garden. Definitely growing them again next year… but for now I’m kind of excited about our first cucumbers and zucchini coming in. And basil. When you haven’t had basil for months, it really is a revelation.

And I’ve been religiously making almond milk, of course. And did manage to make ginger scones this morning.

Looking forward to not being so large.


  1. Brooke said on June 19, 2012

    That rhubarb and rosewater syrup is the best, i’m totally in love. I’ve invent cocktails specially for it, top my ice cream with it and dipped apple in it. I love it.

  2. mandie said on June 19, 2012

    I sooooo agree about basil being a revelation if it’s been months. I seem to have kept my plant from TJ’s alive for two months now, but it’s not growing as quick as I’m using it, so I think it’s time for another. :)

    Can’t wait to see the soon coming photos of your new, most precious ‘harvest’. :)

  3. Jen said on June 19, 2012

    There is a lot of pretty happening here for the little bit of cooking. I like the salsa verde plus roasted veg idea… never thought of it. Must try.

    You are counting down the mins, I’m sure…!

  4. blake said on June 20, 2012

    mmm, the lentils look wonderful. I think I just decided on lunch. or rather, you decided for me. maybe with some salsa verde. Just gonna do a mash-up of your whole post :)

    any day now right?? can’t wait to see your newest little angel.

  5. sara said on June 21, 2012

    i love that book!!!

  6. Shirley said on June 26, 2012

    I like cooking!It’s wonderful!
    The food look yummy!

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