• New post on The Spice is Right: Scallop and Chicken Paella Valenciana Sometimes, it's all about simple ingredients prepared thoughtfully. Actually, no, a lot of the time, it is. This recipe is no exception. I hope you'll try it yourself sometime. :9 Sorry for the delay in posting, but I assure you there was no delay in cooking or eating. ;)
  • New YotB post on The Spice is Right: Thai Curry Croquette Finger Food Bento Really, who doesn't like finger food? Apart from people who don't like fun, that is. Or are trying to drive whilst eating. Driving while eating finger food ends well for no one. If you've got proper time to sit and have a meal, though, what could be better than a bunch of tasty, reasonably healthy finger foods? And soup, which should presumably not be eaten with one's fingers. Unless you're a baby, in which case you're likely not reading this post anyway. How did I make croquettes healthy? I baked them. :)
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( Feb. 8th, 2010 09:23 am)
  • New tutorial up on The Spice is Right: Tazukuri It's sweet, it's salty, it's packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals! It's even got calcium, for those of you who are lactose-intolerant! Obviously it's not good if you're vegetarian and/or don't like fish. If you're neither a vegetarian nor a fish-hater, you may want to try it! :9
  • New tutorial up on The Spice is Right: Perfect Rice Forever. Loads of other tutorials exist about how to cook rice, so why did I do one? Because almost all the others involve using a rice cooker, which I don't ever use at home. Do I know how to use one? Yes. But is it necessary? No. And to put it simply, I want less people to be intimidated by cooking real, proper rice. It is not difficult, and it is healthy and delicious. I want everyone to feel they can give it a go, and nothing is more simple than cooking it on your stovetop if you only follow a few simple rules.
  • New YotB post at The Spice is Right: Bento No. 3: Omuraisu (Japanese Omelette Rice). It's warm and comforting, and can be reasonably healthy, depending on what you put into it. I had a hot dog that I didn't want to throw away, so I used it. It was less healthy. Not horrible, but definitely not an affair favored for everyday nomming. Bursting with peas, though. I ♥ peas. :)
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( Dec. 25th, 2009 01:00 pm)
If you'd like to see how the panettone turned out this morning, slideshow is here. :D I AM SO PLEASED.

I'm also very pleased with how intuitive Tumblr is. I wish I'd started playing with it ages ago...it's really quite brilliant! :D

Happy happy to everyone! :)
This will be quick, but indeed it will be deadly. We're not quite into August yet, but we're awfully close and you know what that means.

Yes, you guessed it...it's tomato time! AND BOY, IS IT EVER. I was worried that our lack of particularly hot weather so far this year* would mean the poor tomatoes wouldn't fare terribly well. While you and I might wilt under excessively hot and humid weather, tomatoes (and basil) love the stuff.

Luckily, though, it's apparently been sufficiently hot and steamy for some of my tomatoes to already be near the point of luscious, ripe edibility! Some of the others haven't fared as well, unfortunately, but it's the San Marzanos that are going nuts...and indeed, it was those that I was most excited about. I've never attempted growing them before this year...and if they're going to grow like this, and if they taste half as amazing as I think they will, they're going to be a staple in my annual planting for sure.

There are more than just the ones I've photographed, too, but I didn't think it made much sense to take photos of ALL of them. The first two photos are of tomatoes that we've seen growing for awhile now; the last one is part of a new group that have sprung up. There are more all over the plant, and it's got to be taller than I am** now!

* = Weather gods, if you're reading this, I swear I'm not mocking you. Really. Please don't smite us with your hot, sticky wrath. Please.

** = I am, however, only 5'4". So it doesn't take a whole lot to be taller than me.
Moo breakfast this morning:

And outside, my garden is progressing beautifully. I planted a few more things last week, and all are taking well. Had to transplant the Japanese mustard, as it was overshadowing some of the herbs and I was concerned they weren't getting enough sun. Usually I plan so that I don't have to bother with transplantation, but since this was a surprise, it was of course by definition unplanned. ;) Still, I was pretty sad the next day, as it appeared I'd killed it. Luckily Chris suggested that it might just be shocked, and had the possibility of coming back to life---otherwise I'd probably have dug up its carcass and disposed of it. A few days later, it did indeed come back...and once it's a little nicer looking, I'll photograph my zombie Japanese mustard for you too. ;)

Here are the photos: as always, click through for larger versions if you'd like. :)

5/30/09 Herbal Menagerie

Front and center is the tarragon, which is surrounded by (clockwise, from top) salad burnet, rosemary, thyme, and dill. :)

5/30/09 Apple Mint

Apple mint.

5/30/09 Cilantro

Cilantro...or as it's known in our house, Moolantro.

5/30/09 Green Baby Strawberry

The strawberries are growing now!

5/30/09 Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry fields forever.

5/30/09 Parsley Flower

Parsley flowers.

5/30/09 Chives in Bloom

Chives in full bloom (just for Elva).

5/30/09 Salad Burnet Flower

Tiny, delicate salad burnet flowers.

5/30/09 San Marzano Tomato Flower

And finally, the plant (and photo) I'm most excited about: my San Marzano tomato, which is now flowering beautifully. :D

Time for dinner! :9
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( May. 17th, 2009 01:05 pm)
Firstly, that Thai basil? In only one week, it's grown a lot. There's more of it coming up, too. But here are the same plants I took photos of last week.

Thai Basil, Only 1 Week Later!

And as I believe I mentioned previously, the dill is coming up like mad. Seriously, anyplace there's not something else planted, there's almost a groundcover of dill. Obviously it won't stay like this for long, as it grows to be rather tall rather quickly, but.

Miniature Forest of Dill

The salad burnet is just about to flower, too. :D

Salad Burnet, Almost Flowering

I'm also growing Japanese mustard. I forgot to take a photo of it last week, sorry. XD;;;

Japanese Mustard

And also, one of our yard bunnies was hard at work the other day, diligently cropping some grass. We saw him, and I tried to take photos, but they were kind of craptastic so I'm sparing you the pain of looking at them. Didn't see what else he'd been eating until today.

With that in mind, may I present Yard Bunny Garnishing Techniques, Lesson One? ;)

Dandelion Decimation, Side View

And a top view:

Dandelion Decimation, Top View

And a differently-angled view. It looks...kind of like the Dreamwidth logo. XD

Dandelion Decimation, Angle View

In conclusion, yay Yard Bunny! :)
Click through for larger versions if you'd like.

Italian Sweet Basil and Rosemary, 5/9/09

Italian Sweet Basil and Rosemary

Italian Sweet Basil, Top View, 5/9/09

Bai Horapa (Thai Basil), top view.

Bai Horapa (Thai Basil), 5/9/09

Bai Horapa (Thai Basil)

Various tomatoes, 5/9/09

Tomatoes: Roma, Sweet Cherry, Jubilee, and San Marzano

Strawberries, 5/9/09

Strawberries in bloom

Dill and Salad Burnet, 5/9/09

Dill and Salad Burnet

Flat-Leaf Parsley, 5/9/09

Flat-Leaf Parsley

Chives, 5/9/09

Chives, budding

I'm thinking those photography classes are paying off, as I did in fact take these all myself. I'm sure Joe is breathing a sigh of relief. ;)


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