A fresh, light, spring bowl and full of nutty, green-y flavor!
Yesterday morning before the farmer's market, Chris and I stopped by Augie's coffee for breakfast. The house was pretty barren food-wise so we figured we'd take the opportunity to treat ourselves. I enjoyed a fantastic goat cheese and apple tart and Chris had a little lemon cake. It was delightful. And in the short few blocks between Augie's and the downtown market we passed a sign for the Inland Empire Salsa Festival. Say what?! That's right. Salsa Festival. So naturally after our Saturday morning errands were done, we had to swing back by and check it out. About a dozen salsa samples and a gratuitous basket of pig pen crispy fries later, we found ourselves stuffed to the brim and deprived of all things green (other than tomatillos and jalapenos- thank you salsa verde!). Luckily, between our haul from the farmer's market and what's left in the garden, we had ample delicious spring greens to create this light, refreshing dinner. Which was exactly what we needed.
A sweet, simple, and satisfying household staple
Today I am sitting in my windowless office, staring hard at the clock as if I can somehow mentally force it to wind to 4 o'clock. My desk is a mess with papers about ecotoxicity and greenhouse gas emissions but I cannot bring myself to read more than a page at a time without feeling mental exhaustion. After a whirlwind spring and a much-needed vacation I feel like a car that's been driven across the country and then left to sit in the garage for a month. I keep turning the ignition and getting out a sputter or two, but the motor just doesn't want to run. But beyond this (hopefully temporary) lack of motivation, my head is already elsewhere. It's Friday after all, and that means a few things. First, it means the work week is almost over, which is simultaneously exciting and slightly daunting as I realize how little work I have completed this week compared to the mountain I'm slated to tackle this summer. Second, it means that when the hands of the clock finally do reach 4, it's time to go up to Picnic Hill with some friends and pop open a few bottles of wine to celebrate surviving another week of graduate school. And third, it means that tomorrow is shop day, which makes today the last day to plan out our weekly menu.
Hi there! I'm Cara- plant ecologist, gardening addict, and whole foods enthusiast. My whole life revolves around plants, including my kitchen. Join me here at LWM each week as I post local, seasonal, plant-based recipes and write about my never ending quest to find balance and tranquility in this crazy little world.