Monday, May 23, 2011

Spring in Seattle

There is a chance you wouldn't believe me if I told you that Seattle can be sunny, and warm, and not-raining. Also, I have to remind myself that it is true. And so, the photographic evidence:














A hip-hip hooray for SUNSHINE and picnic lunches in the park! I know, I sound like I've been living in a cave for a year. But before you decide to move to wonderful, sunny Seattle, be warned. According to the Seattle Times: "After reaching a blissful 70 degrees on Friday, it's back to May-uary weather for us."
Thanks, Seattle Times, thanks...

Friday, May 20, 2011

In praise of Friday. And poetry.

Praise

I heard the dogs before
I opened the door late, after work--
first Maude who was dancing
in praise of my arrival for all she knew
it was: presence without end,
the end of waiting, the end
of boredom--
and then Li Po,
who, in the middle of his life,
learning to make his feelings known
as one who has carried breath
and heart close to the earth seven
times seven years, in praise
of silence and loneliness, climbed
howling, howling from his bed.

- Laurie Lamon

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pasta 101

My title may be a bit misleading. I'm not going to tell you how to make pasta. Because I just learned. But I am going to suggest that it's fantastically fun to make and then EAT your own homemade pasta. And I have listed the recipes and instructions we followed below.

Justin and I were given this beautiful pasta machine a couple years back. And there it sat in the cupboard for a couple of years. Sad, I know. But finally its day of glory had come. And indeed it was glorious.



Brittany and I spent about 5 hours on Sunday making pasta. Neither of us had made pasta before, and in those 5 hours we made semolina linguine, wheat linguine, semolina cavatelli, and spinach ravioli (and some wheat ones too). Not a bad use of 5 hours if you ask me. The finished products were delicious, and I must say, store-bought pasta just doesn't compare.




I am definitely on the homemade pasta wagon from here out. Sure it might take a couple of hours-- but with the small sacrifice of those hours our freezer could be FULL of delicious, beautiful pasta. Thanks Connie & Rob for our lovely machine. It's found a new full time job in our kitchen. Finally.


See the rest of the photos here.

You can follow these excellent tutorials/recipes to make your own. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

1) Cavatelli - I don't recall having cavatelli before, so I can't tell you how this recipe compares, but I thought this was great. I would probably make these a little thinner and smaller next time but no major complaints.


2) Linguine - We used the recipe on the package of Bob's Red Mill Semolina - see link for back of package recipe

3) Spinach Ravioli - Delicious, fantastic recipe, and easy to follow. We used salmon instead of prosciutto.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

(Almost) Spring

While it's not quite warm enough to begin planting outdoors, things are coming alive indoors. I love walking through the greenhouses in spring.







I was getting impatient to get the garden going so I decided to plant some veggies on the propagation table. I was amazed at how quickly they came up. I planted the summer squash and lemon cucumbers and the cilantro (large terracotta dish) on April 24th. Just ten days later and this is what we have!



I also decided to create some new kalanchoe starts from a houseplant that had gotten too big. Looking pretty good so far:



Our heirloom garlic is looking healthy, and our magnolia is finally starting to blossom.



I can't wait to start the rest of the garden soon!

Almost Spring

While it's not quite warm enough to begin planting outdoors, things are coming alive indoors. I love walking through the greenhouses in spring.








I was getting impatient to get the garden going so I decided to plant some veggies on the propagation table. I was amazed at how quickly they came up. I planted the summer squash and lemon cucumbers and the cilantro (large terracotta dish) on April 24th. Just ten days later and this is what we have!





I also decided to create some new kalanchoe starts from a houseplant that had gotten too big. Looking pretty good so far:



Our heirloom garlic is looking healthy, and our magnolia is finally starting to blossom.





I can't wait to start the rest of the garden soon!
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