Tuesday, June 23, 2009

a kicker

The beginning of the summer pretty much kicks my butt every year.  I have visions of days like this saturday... but they are anything but that.  I will get used to all this running soon.  I am sure of it.
Last Sunday was a bit of what I had been wanting.  A day at home.  I mean ALL day at home.  I spent most of the day in the kitchen, with an occasional helper floating in and out.  There was a fathers day breakfast of challah french toast, granola and bagels (didn't make them) with vegetable cream cheese. Then, hummus, pita chips, lots of  raw vegetables, grilled shrimp with mango salsa, grilled vegetables, a huge salad, corn on the cob, sour dough bread with garlic scape pesto, and warm peach cobbler.  
I marinated the shrimp in lime juice, olive oil and cilantro.  For the mango salsa, I used 2 mangos diced, 1/2 red onion, minced, lime juice and a pinch of cayenne.
My absolute favorite was the bread.  I posted a photo on flickr asking what it was.  I have never seen a scape.  Seriously! I know! And Julie mentioned Brian's post and the next thing I knew I was making this.  I spread the scape pesto on sour dough bread, sprinkled feta cheese and criss crossed roasted red peppers on top.  Baked at 350˚ for 20 minutes.  Sliced on the diagonal about every 1 1/2 inches.  Seriously delicious.  My sister makes this bread with an Italian loaf,  basil pesto and jack cheese.  Still including the red peppers.  
It stayed light until around 9:15 pm.  Love that.  It was just long enough to knit two rows before falling into bed.  Not nearly enough knitting time, but I plan on changing that this week.
A great day to kick off the beginning of summer.

45 comments:

Rose said...

Sounds like it was a lovely day. Love the photos of the table with candles and flowers.

Quiltin' Mama said...

looks and sounds wonderful.
I always have the "Dream" what the day or week will be but in the end it is usually just the dream as the running and other get in the way. I am learning to accept it. Weekends are especially hard. I need to go through our summer and X off days that will be home days!! They are the best. Enjoy!

APA said...

I'm so glad you knew the day you wanted and how wonderful it was Father's Day, a celebration of family!

Food is but a blank canvas on which to create. And you did that so beautifully. I love all these ideas I receive in gift from creatives. Thank you for sharing all you do!

And your dinner table aglow in candlelight tells of the calm within that gets you through these busy summer days. Embrace and live it up!

Peace out. Wishes and rainbows, too!

XXOO

JoAnn said...

Wow - you went all out for a Father's Day meal! They all look yummy; you've got my mouth watering this early in the morning :)
Thanks for the links - I've printed off the peach cobbler and I hope to make it soon.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Lovely and awesome!

Kristy said...

Happy summer to you! I'm glad you had such a lovely day. I had never heard of garlic scape pesto, and now I know what to do with those we got from our CSA.

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a super yummy day! That bread looks so good!

katieleigh said...

YUM. These photos & links make my mouth water. I hope you get some more time to just be at home this summer - I'm enjoying some chances to do that as well.

Hilary said...

A great day indeed! Sounds like it was filled with fun, love, and lots of delicious treats!

micha said...

It looks like a wonderful summer evening.

Celestial said...

Ok now I'm hungry

Chelsea said...

My day was quite similar to that, too, though without the knitting (it will happen one of these days) and with a cold, drizzly rain. But I love whole days spent in the kitchen. They make me happy.

Seanna Lea said...

Looks good. My local farmer's market hasn't been selling scapes, but they have been selling baby garlic (almost the same thing) with the long greens attached to a tiny little bulb. It's delicious and not quite as strong a garlic flavor. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Ah man, when I saw these photos I wanted to dig in!!! That bread...!!!!!! I MUST try that. Don't you just love Barefoot?!?

What a great table scape, as Sandra Lee would call it. So relaxing, peaceful, and beautiful.

I spent my day in the kitchen as well, preparing food for 10. The rest of the afternoon was just hanging out and knitting. Yay!!

Hugs and a great day~Jan

nicole said...

So. Hungry. Now.

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Philigry said...

that sounds like a lovely day nad now i am hungry.
love that last photo!

Jessica said...

I think I need to make one of everything. RIGHT NOW. That evening looks like it was just perfect!

peaknits said...

Wow, what a wonderful day!

tiennie said...

That sounds like a perfect day!

Anna said...

Sounds like a great day. I love your table arrangement!

house on hill road said...

i am going to have to go looking at the farmers market for garlic scapes. i think it might be too late here. boo.
anyhow, i hope you get back into the swing of things. we are still working on it here, but it gets better every day.

nova said...

Sounds perfect! I like to make my shrimp with a similar marindae...now I want shrimp for dinner!

Nantucket Dreams said...

your day sounds and looks so lovely and tasty and what a great summer day is all about

lucy said...

you know i always look forward to these summer days through your window, right? happy summer my friend!

skeinsherway said...

I love that last shot- it evokes a mood I would love to set around here... I'm working on it!

I hope you have many more moments like that this summer- enjoy!

happy knitting-
ali

carrie said...

that looks so so so delicious!

Love, Ro said...

I just discovered your blog ! Its great and inspirational. I just started knitting and have become obsessed ! Im so new that I am only doing scarves--need lots of info so will surely be back to our blog for insight.
I am going to include you on my blog list.
Thank you !

Alisha said...

That bread looks heavenly!

Sounds like the perfect day!

I find the beginning of the summer vacation gives me a bit of a kick too. Takes time to re-adjust to the new schedule I find.

raining sheep said...

That all sounds seriously wonderful!

periwinkle said...

you can all come cook for me any time - food looks and sounds just gorgeous :-)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Very envious of your summer weather! Your food sounds delicious - love the look of your sour dough bread with pesto - yummmm.

sinnlighet said...

Your blog is soo cute & nice!! Regards from Agneta in Sweden

Kendall Micayla said...

the flowers on the table look so pretty!
tag, youre it!! play along if you want to!
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xo-kendall

Nell said...

Sounds like a lovely day. The bread looks fantastic! I'm going to try that soon!

Julie Alvarez said...

Oh, oh, oh! When I saw Thanks to Julie and Brian, over on flickr on the tags, I just didn't know it was me! You are so welcome.
I have to try some of this soon.
Thanks for the credit because all I did was point the references.
I am glad you had a nice saturday, I love that kind of days.

Its_Lily said...

Here's a recipe for avocado salsa using scapes.
http://appointmentbychance.blogspot.com/2008/06/in-kitchen.html
Everyone who eats this loves it. So yummy. I recommend scapes to everyone.

amandajean said...

that bread has my mouth watering! it looks delicious!

(i'm still getting my butt kicked by summer...but i think it's finally getting a little bit better...yay!!)

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He's a lucky, lucky guy - it all looks beautiful!

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