inside/outside

DSC_0055I’m not quite ready for it to be the last day of February. I guess I thought I’d have more done; of course along the way the list grew. This afternoon I needed to stand up after spending too long looking at the computer screen (seeds and  potatoes are ordered though) and take a small break from work to make this cake. Harriet went to school today and made it through the day! Before she went up for a nap we each ate a hot slice, standing next to the oven. It is our favorite.

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at the risk of sounding redundant

On the menu this week…

goat cheese with garlic scapes

potato salad with dill pickles, mayo, dijon mustard, hard boiled eggs, and garlic scapes

quinoa with feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, cranberries, and garlic scapes

steak dotted with garlic scape butter

roasted sweet potato without garlic scapes

tomato salad with chive vinegar and basil and a few chopped garlic scapes

Tuesday, June 28

Coffee is one of my great pleasures in this life.  When I was pregnant, very early on, I was at a  brunch with friends and family. The waiter asked if I wanted coffee and I declined; silence fell over the table and everyone turned to look at me. That is how the news was broken. After all these years, how it is that I am just learning about the cold-brewed method? Last night after supper, I put a heaping cup of ground coffee in jar, with a teaspoon of cinnamon and three tablespoons of brown sugar, and filled the rest with water. This recipe got good reviews – I have to say the word “heaven” comes to mind.

The other jars on my counter are my water kefir beverages, at their various stages of fermentation. The one on the far right is filled with kefir grains bubbling away. I make mine with ginger root and lemon or sometimes vanilla extract. Both are good though not on the same level as coffee. I give the kefir grains credit when I’m surrounded by sick kids and am the only one still standing (knock on wood).