Extremely green peas

July 12, 2011 § 17 Comments

That’s peas with an A.  An A, so you can stop your sniggering, you. 🙂 (or am I the only one here who still has a third grade sense of humor in this regard?)

Anyway…The farm we get our vegetable share from offers pick-your-own _____ several times during the course of the season for a small variety of vegetables and fruits.  Just a little while back, we scurried out there to catch the tail end of strawberry picking.

The very tail end.  I don’t know if strawberries can ever be considered dregs – they’re so precious! – but there was not much left out there in the fields.  We spent a couple of hours on our hands and knees, scrabbling and rummaging and getting excited over every single non-moldy find, trying to fill up our baskets.

The peas, though, were another story entirely.  After we grew too weary to reach for any more low-lying strawberries, we mosied over to the pea patch to see what we could see.  What we saw was a wild jungle of tangled pea tendrils, cascading with dangling pods, so pudgy they looked fit to burst.

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Asparagus with lemon and mustard

June 8, 2010 § 3 Comments

I just love the misty purple and green of asparagus stalks.  It makes me think of the colors of a high school sports team, or maybe some atrocious yet gorgeous wall paper by a trendy design company.

Some things in life are meant to be ephemeral.  They only work because they don’t last. Like a streak of lightning snaking through a stormy sky, or the rose and coral glow of a sunrise, or your relationship with your middle school boyfriend…ahem.  I, quite romantically, have been used to thinking about spring in this way as well.  But, I’m reconsidering.  Actually, I’d like to submit an official request for a change of opinion.  Spring!  Come back!!  Just a few more weeks!  Please!

The balmy days, and profusion of lilacs have evaporated like a morning fog and given way to sweltering, thick, lazy heat.  Summer came early this year – and I’m considering moving back to the artic circle.  (I’m a terribly obnoxious whiner when it comes to heat and mugginess, I hope you can forgive me.  Also, I can’t complain too much, given that today happens to be spectacularly lovely, but it won’t last.)

With the sudden onset of summer weather has come a rapid transition in the growing season, and spring vegetables have phased themselves out, practically before we even had a chance to greet them.  Goodbye to the ramps, and the rhubarb, and the favas, and the fiddleheads, and the asparagus. « Read the rest of this entry »

Mustard-Baked Salmon with Cranberry Sauce

February 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend!  And now it’s Mardi Gras!  It’s like holidays on parade!  I was lucky enough to get to take the long weekend and head into the woods of New Hampshire to hike and camp with friends.  It was a weekend of wood fires, poetry, windy mountaintops, snowshoes, and the occasional glissade down an icy rock face with only ice axes to direct where we were sliding and keep us from careening over a cliff.  Wahoo!  It was pretty sweet.

Anyway, I adore being out in the woods.  But after I get back home from a string of days in the forest eating mostly trail mix, bread and cheese, and other highly packable foods, I find myself desperately wanting, well a shower first of all, but then some really fresh and healthy feeling food.  Which, in my world, most often translates as fish and vegetables. « Read the rest of this entry »

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