11 June 2010
10 June 2010
09 June 2010
Having grown up eating International and gourmet foods, plus regular American style food, you would think that because of my advanced years (LOL) I would have tried at least a bite of every food available...but you'd be wrong. We just have so much availability to foods our grandparents never dreamed of trying.
Here are a few of the new foods I've tried in the last few years
Baby kiwi---run don't walk if you ever get a chance to buy these babies. If you want to see how they look when they are still on the kiwi vine see here for my tour of a real PNW kiwi farm. We only grow the fuzzy kind in our garden so this trip was lots of fun!)
Gold kiwi (like these even better then regular fuzzy kiwi and I really like them!)
Gooseberries (worth trying; normally cooked with sugar into a dessert. I like them raw and without sugar but I like tart things)
Quinoa (had heard about this before but hadn't tried it till Patty--morningramble-posted a dish she made with quinoa which made me really curious about it. Soon thereafter I got a chance to try a kale and quinoa salad--spicy and yummy--I'm now in love with it and wanting to try it at home)
Sungold tomatoes (candy for the mouth and stomach. You can eat lots of these and not feel guilty about it)
Gold raspberries (even better then red raspberries and I really, really like them. In the photo above they are not ripe yet. This is the variety Anne)
Couscous (yummy. could eat this once a week)
Greek pita (the ones I buy are whole wheat, thicker and chewier then regular pitas)
Greek yogurt (think I may have tried this on a souvlaki 'gyros' pita before, but had never eaten JUST the yogurt till awhile back. Now I am SO in love with it! Has more calcium, more protein and fewer calories then the yogurt I used to get--which I still love BTW) UPDATE 6/10 eve: found out that the calcium, calories are variable depending on which Greek yogurt you're eating; the one I had today was almost exactly the same as the regular, fruit yogurt I eat).
Shaved parmesan cheese (as a child we used the dried grated kind; quite a long time ago I switched to shredded parmesan, but I like this even better)
Chicken and vegetable consomme (the ones I get are from Israel and are SO much better then the dried bouillon cubes I bought for years)
Soon to try:
Kasha (just because I am curious after trying the quinoa)
Lemongrass (having loved Thai food forever I want to try using this at home)
Edible flowers (just because they're pretty and I like pretty)
Ginger (I love marinated ginger and using ginger in recipes, but have never tried the fresh ginger I see at stores)
Chervil (never got a chance to try this last year; it survived the winter so will try it this year)
So what new foods or recipes would you like to try this year?
I am always open to trying new foods--well most of them; I'm not quite as brave as my oldest son. I don't dare tell you what he's tried; it's too ...yucky!
08 June 2010
Hints of the day:
I follow one of Aimee's favorite blooms, but technically my blooms aren't called blooms.
The blooms that technically aren't blooms appeared on this blog this spring.
I develop on a tree.
Do you know what I am?
Ah! The garden---total surprise to me and my best friend;
we loved, loved, LOVED it!
It is of good size and filled with ...
and non flowering plants too
paths to follow (I loved the paths that separated the different beds; the only thing I'd do different is to use brick or something more natural--that is for my place)
arbors of various kinds and a sundial.
OK, I admit I am now wanting a sundial--
so cool and better then digging my cell phone out every time I want to know the time outdoors!
areas to sit awhile and reflect--or just rest and chat with a friend
herbs---hum, I like this idea
A beautiful place to just be.
Shall we now leave the homes, wondrous as they are, for just a few moments? I so want to see some nature and this place has lots of it! Let's start with a view from the parade ground area...
Photos: all taken at Ft Vancouver Historic Site this year.
If you haven't already realized, I LOVE history, travel and photography.
not how much work I should be doing
where can my best friend and I go?
(of course I did tell him we would get back early enough to get some work done and we did; early starts are vital here).
And off we went...
Now as part of my love of history,
and I really, really LOVE historical homes.
Hence I LOVE places like Port Townsend and Ft Worden (Olympic Peninsula),
After an enjoyable drive, with only one stop for food, we finally arrived..
which way should we go?
Having been to Ft Worden I know Officer's Row
is the way to go for the detail
my heart loves:)
(although we found good architectural detail elsewhere plus some BIG surprises!)
Passing the parade ground and barracks
(will get to the latter later).
Have I ever told you I love gazebos too?
So where do you think I headed first?
The pretty houses would have to wait
for a few minutes at least:)
OK, having had my gazebo quota satisfied for this month
we headed towards the nearest home...
OK, another confession.
I am a turret/tower loving gal.
I'm not sure if it was the result of all those childhood fairy tales
or perhaps all those Disney movies about princesses in castles,
but I LOVE them!
(another confession here...
my best friend, who was helping remodel and care for a Victorian home one time years ago,
helped me make my Aimee sleeping in a tower dream come true.
Of course it wasn't on a princess bed--hum, I guess that would be a Queen bed...
But I did have a mattress on the wood floor at least
and the tower all to myself!!!!)
OK, back to the trip...
sorry but at night I get SO silly.
Now I would be quite happy here too
no tower but a BIG covered porch
and a big covered balcony
and some very great flags!
more square footage equates to more time cleaning.
I'll just keep looking...
Hum, a round turret/tower...
reminds me of my special-all-by-myself-night playing princess.
But you know it looks pretty big too though.
But I do LOVE the ornamental detail...
So many homes, so little time...
What about this one?
A home with a "widow's" walk---pretty!
If I didn't mind heights so much, you'd find me walking up there.
And next to a heirloom rose garden (oh, YOU should be wishing right now I could somehow post the beautiful fragrance of these babies...heavenly!). Some of these rose varieties date back as far as the 1700's! I LOVE heirloom plants--we have several heirloom apples at home.
Eek! Home. That reminds me it is 0312 in the AM, and that most patient and understanding Farmer Boy of mine will be expecting me to clean, cook and garden tomorrow (today) so tour over for tonight:)
more home detail,
the squirrel and bee,
a historic garden and the fort that makes this Ft Vancouver,
an interesting meeting,
(hopefully) more fun!
PS: Oh and I did keep my promise to my Farmer Boy, didn't I honey?
Well except for the grocery shopping:(