This past week has been full of beautiful scenery, fantastic food, and incredible frienships while visiting Sweden. I will return to posting more delicious recipes – many made by dear friends of mine – the second week of August. Don’t miss it!!!
I haven’t had time to plant a garden yet, but my front patio is full of pots of herbs – parsley, thyme, cilantro, sage, and basil. Lots and lots of basil. Just rubbing my hand over the basil releases an aroma that makes me so happy.
There are very few veggie dishes that make me dance with delight. This is not only simple, but has incredible texture and flavour contrasts that will make your tongue sing some crazy song.
Since high school days, one of my favourite places to visit is Stillwater, MN. As teens we would sit alongside the river and people watch. In my 20’s, I would scour the plentiful antique shops and people watch. As an adult, I enjoy the fantastic restaurants, car shows, and boutiques — and people watch.
I once saw a list of different uses for mayonnaise that included getting gum out of hair, conditioning hair, removing bumper stickers, relieving sunburn, and preventing hangnails. Hmmm. Let’s move on to more delcious uses of mayo!!!
Did you know that a Pekin chicken is a short, Chinese Bantam with a ridiculous amount of feathers all the way down their legs and covering their feet? That’s what I learned when accidentally misspelling Peking Chicken. I guess you’re never too old to learn!!!
I don’t like surprises. At least most of the time. Practical jokes, pranks, surprise parties – not my deal. But this dish was a very, VERY pleasant surprise. Chicken and garlic are always a good idea, but this brought the basics to an off-the-charts level.
Close your eyes. Imagine this: your grandmother sitting on the front porch with a towel across her lap, snapping a huge bowl of beans. Now, picture me on my front porch – taller than your grandma and NOT wearing a pink polyester pantsuit – skinning a large bowl of chickpeas. True story!
Today has been “one of those days”. I was too busy (also known as “too distracted”) to think about making supper, and when my tummy began rumbling, the last thing I wanted to do was COOK.