Jun 152019

Blueberry Basil Shrub

Blueberry basil shrub in bottle with 2 cocktails in front

A tangy blueberry shrub with garden basil and balsamic for an exciting summer beverage that can be served with (or without) alcohol.

Jun 112019

Marinated Fava Beans

Marinated fava beans on a off-shite plate with bread and cheese in background

Fresh fava beans marinated with dill and caraway make for a great recipe to add to your next mezze platter or cheese board. Like peas, fava beans are one of the things I planted in the garden this year that are doing well for once. Not many, but some. I also get a lot of them during the spring from our local farm stands. I typically use them in salads or as part of a sauté, but I wanted to offer something different for a change and with this heat I’ve been eating a lot of cold vegetables for supper.…Continue Reading

Jun 042019

Peach and Snap Pea Salad

Peach and snap peas salad in white bowl

Peaches and fresh garden snap peas combine in a light vinegary dressing with some nutty cheese in a light salad for the cusp of spring and summer. Only in California will peaches and snap peas be in season at the same time. Honestly, I’m not cheating. The peaches came from the farmer’s market last week and the peas came from my garden. As an aside, I’m so pleased I actually managed to have a few snap pea vines producing this year. Every year I try to grow them and only get a couple peas. This year I have lovely sweet…Continue Reading

Jun 012019

Rhubarb Cream Cake

Side view of rhubarb cream cake on cake stand and green background

A tender cake with bright rhubarb and lime, topped with walnuts and brown sugar. A perfect anytime cake that you can just about justify being breakfast.

May 262019

Strawberry Lavender Cookies

Strawberry lavender sandwich cookies with a blue napkin

Nutty almond and lavender cookies sandwiched with strawberry jam and topped with white chocolate and more lavender for fun spring treat.

May 112019

Strawberry Cilantro Chutney

3 jars of chutney, one open

A chutney with fresh strawberries, herbal cilantro, and a hint of spice from ginger and white pepper. And for more spring strawberry madness: strawberry cilantro chutney! I really wanted to create a semi-savory strawberry garnish, and cilantro or parsley seemed to be the key (also I have both of those in the garden now). I tried eating both herbs with fresh strawberries before setting off in a direction. While I liked the parsley, it could too easily dominate the strawberries. The cilantro was a better balance, highlighting the herbal flavours in the fruit without overwhelming them. Chutney is one of…Continue Reading

May 072019

Strawberry Bars

Strawberry bars on parchment side shot

A strawberry curd with fresh bites of strawberries on a nutty oat and whole wheat base for a not-too-sweet and creamy treat.

May 042019

Warm Farro Salad with Spring Vegetables

Two plates of farro salad and flowers on a table

Asparagus and favas in a warm farro base, tossed with some mint and lemon for a light meal highlighting the best in early spring vegetables.

Apr 302019

Carrot Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel

Carrot cupcakes with several on cake stand

Tender carrot cake studded with walnuts and candied orange peel, in cupcake form topped with mascarpone frosting. Great for decorating as little or as much as you like. I know posting carrot cakes is customary before Easter, but since I don’t celebrate, it didn’t really occur to me to do so. But it’s still spring, there’s still tasty fresh carrots coming out of the ground, and is anyone really going to argue with cupcakes? And a good carrot cake recipes is nice to have at any time of the year. I adapted this recipe from a cookbook I use for…Continue Reading