A sweet and sour, herbaceous apricot lavender sage shrub plus a bright apricot shrub gin spritz to make from it.
This unique pasta salad with sweet apricots and salty prosciutto is an excellent addition to any summer event.
This cherry mascarpone ice cream has a mild, fresh fruit flavour that balances with the cheese for a sweet, creamy treat.
A free form caramelized onion tart robust with potatoes and brightened with crème fraiche and thyme.
A summery salad with flavourful vegetables, crispy chickpeas, and a thick avocado dressing.
Tender, flaky scones with slightly caramelized spring onions and sharp cheddar.
A tangy blueberry shrub with garden basil and balsamic for an exciting summer beverage that can be served with (or without) alcohol.
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
A tasty red wine and rhubarb syrup for pouring on ice cream or waffles or to use in drinks. And some crystallized rhubarb for good measure. With spring nearly ending I was intent on making a rhubarb syrup to share. But I wanted something different than my typical fruit and spices or herbs. Well I did just pick up a wine club shipment. And who doesn’t like a red wine reduction? I suggest a fruity red for this rather than something dry. I used one of our California fruit bomb cabernets. And because I had a bit of extra rhubarb,…Continue Reading
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