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dearest

well. it seems I’ve been nominated for the Liebster (“dearest,” in German) award– a sort of virtual handshake/chain letter passed along by one blogger to another. marketmaiden — thank you for reading about my latelies and thinking of me!
I am excited to have this space enjoyed + acknowledged.
so, here’s how it works:

answer 11 questions asked by whomever nominated you. /post 11 facts about yourself. /nominate 11 blogs. /ask your nominees 11 questions.

alas, I am going to break the chain. this may disqualify me. but, I’m not too into chain letters; I also don’t think you need to know 11 random personal facts, so I’ve given 5. in lieu of nominating, I’ve recommended a few blogs (some longtime favorites, some new) that I’ve been especially digging lately.

questions answered

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I were just to choose one place, I would choose Paris– despite the rain.

2. Who is your favorite person to travel with?
I haven’t really done any traveling, but it would be my twin, Aimee. my big sister, Sarah, too– both my sisters would surely be the best traveling companions!

3. What is your favorite dish to serve to dinner guests?
roasted chicken thighs. they are simple; a wonderful cut of a wonderful bird that is always cheap, and they are one of my all-time favorite things to make and eat. I usually just roast them (organic, free-range, skin-on, please!) with olive oil, smashed garlic cloves, lemon, thyme + parsley, (& lots of kosher salt + cracked pepper); I always throw some parboiled carrots into the pan to roast in all that wondrous chicken fat, too. but: when one of my friends was moving away from new york while I still lived there, I roasted chicken thighs with pancetta and briny black olives, and served it with some blanched beet greens. that was a great success, and a lovely meal.

4. What are three items that you carry with you whenever you travel overseas?
I’ve never traveled overseas. but, for traveling in general, old issues of Gourmet & Saveur, a favorite scarf and a sketchbook.

5. What is the last book you read?
Caleb Williams, by William Godwin.

6. If you could purchase one new kitchen appliance, what would it be?
right now, I want to replace my microplane grater, which was one of my very favorite kitchen tools and tragically (seriously!) disappeared in a move. but, if I were to go with something entirely new– a good + attractive coffee maker. I am really tired of sludgy french press coffee, and would like some good drip coffee out of my own kitchen.

7. Red or white?
not quite sure what this refers to, but: white for paint. for everything else, red (fire-engine or cherry, preferably).

8. What is your favorite meal to eat out in a restaurant: breakfast, lunch or dinner?
dinner. I am very set in my morning yogurt-fruit-granola routine, and while I really enjoy eating lunch out –if the weather’s nice and I can sit on a patio with Aimee– it tends to be more like dinner– I linger until late afternoon, maybe drink a glass of wine, and most likely won’t eat another full meal that day.

9. Do you believe in fitness centers – or would you rather be playing outdoors?
I think fitness centers are silly and really kind of awful, whereas long walks, bicycle rides and hikes are some of the best things in life.

10. What is your favorite coffee shop?
Satsuma in New Orleans–lovely fresh juices, good coffee, bagels shipped in from New York, great yogurt– & the Hungarian Pastry Shop in New York, winning over all of the other trendy, artisanal places I frequented, even the Stumptown coffee bar at Ace Hotel. HPS, I love you.

11. What is your favorite mode of travel / transportation?
I haven’t actually taken a ship anywhere before, or even ridden a sailboat, but I will say by boat all the same. I love the ocean, with all my heart, and travel by sea is endlessly romantic to me.

facts

1. sometimes I dream of running away to the countryside and starting a goat & vegetable farm with whoever my husband happens to be. I truly think this would be the happiest life.

2. I love red shoes.

3. my grandmother, ‘mamoo,’ eats her cereal with cream. ever since discovering this, I have been enamored with such good taste & casual indulgence. it is a great treat whenever I eat cold cereal with blueberries and cream, and I think of her smelly-cat house and jam-jar water glasses.

4. my favorite vegetable –a serious thing for someone as into vegetables as I am– has not changed since my childhood. it’s the good old carrot. when I was a kid, I imitated bugs bunny and devoured big whole ones; today, I make classy grated carrot salads with fennel & parsley.

5. I have a very old-fashioned and discerning sweet tooth. I prefer my cake dry, without icing or glaze. my ideal dessert is usually a biscotti with coffee. I like my oatmeal cookies plain & crunchy, and my ice cream vanilla.

some sweet blogs & sites

sous style (to which we owe the above images)
treehouse
manger
tomboy style

refresh

juicing

So, I recently agreed with a friend to detox & diet a bit. I like the idea of a refresh, something to reengage and lighten our physical + mental states.

for her (oh, brave yoga-going girl!), this means cutting out gluten & grains, potatoes, fruit, dairy, and sugar. for me, on chilly patio nights with loved ones, this means merguez sausage sandwiches, hot red oil staining the baguette, with herb-speckled pommes frites + aioli and an IPA.
for me, it means focusing on contentedness and joy rather than anxiety and negativity.

the week has been spicy salami, little wax-covered cheddars, and a green juice with all sorts of loveliness including jalapeno and pineapple; roasted beet & fennel salad with orange, malty seeded crackers with musty fennel-pollen scented goat cheese; tabbouleh with roasted peppers and almonds.
one day, I had a long late lunch with an abundant salad– cucumbers, beets, carrots, chickpeas, feta, turkey, and mixed greens. today I just had yogurt, chocolate covered berries, and dried mango.

and boy, I feel wonderful.

(heidi swanson)

Summer planting…

Summer planting take II: Early Girl tomatoes, Thai basil, parsley; also, the mint & fennel from last year, which continue to beautify the porch. I am confident. The fennel is bulbing and the mint is going strong, the new plants look happy in their pots. I am excited for the coming months and many new things!

Soup for lunch– a thick tomato soup with pesto & wine, rice & French lentils, and (bien sur) a spoonful of creme fraiche on top.

XO

Brassicas are r…

Brassicas are ruling the house.

Today:

Kale & sharp cheddar frittata.

Red cabbage and carrot slaw with lots of lemon & olive oil, big pinches of salt, sugar, pepper; fennel fronds & mint, poppy & anise seeds.

Coming soon:

A greek salad with tomatoes, capers, kale, feta, cucumber.

A savoy cabbage salad with mint & capers & lentils.

 

XO