Thursday, April 25, 2013
Actually sprouts are one of the few green veggies you can grow year round. Right in your kitchen. In the middle of January. Above are Japanese radish sprouts, beautifully tinted in shades of green and palest purple and chocked full of phytonutrients and wonderfully spicy. The easiest directions can be found on the nifty blog FarmTina.
Curried Cheese Spread is perfect for warmer days, as above, with bread and salad. When Spring nights turn wet and cold, try it as grilled cheese sandwich filling or tucked into a dinner omelet. Beyond easy to make, let's begin: start with about 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese and mix in a large bowl with 3 T. mayo, 2 sliced scallions (green and white parts), 2 t. or so of sugar (this is optional), 1 T. good curry powder and salt and black pepper to taste. Stir until all is blended well. The spread will keep in the fridge for at least 3-4 days.
Friday, April 19, 2013
|As above, Thordis and Zoe enjoy the front and side yards, perfect venues for blowing bubbles.|
|Judging by the look on Zoe's face (staring at TV) seems Nightmare Moon must have showed up on My Little Pony.|
|Did we mention there was a kitty in tow as well? Sweet Daphne had to be confined upstairs overnight for her own safety; Lloyd doesn't play well with other felines (sigh).|
|Still a bit wintery in the woods behind Cafe Drake HRV. Although we didn't capture any pics, the forest ground is actually blooming with tiny white and yellow buds and bluebells. Zoe picked woodland gorgeous bouquets for us.|
|Above: scenic walk along the Hudson behind Cafe Drake HRV|
Friday, April 12, 2013
Best Pizza in Williamsburg really is the greatest. Recently they delivered to Jen, Ben and Cafe Drake HRV a large pie dotted with fresh mozzarella, basil, caramelized onions and artisanal pepperoni. Garlic knots with house-pickled veggies (this is Brooklyn after all) were a welcome surprise. We washed it all down with plenty of vino and small-batch bourbon.
|Sprouting fresh garlic shoots for tasty soup and salad garnishes|
|Cut branches soaked in water for two weeks in the basement of Cafe Drake HRV in an attempt to "force" them to bloom indoors.|
|A yard chocked with daffodils = plenty for cutting.|
|A fairly basic meal of millet, braised greens and potato curry becomes luxurious with freshly made "green" coconut chutney.|