Way back in the early 1980's, I got into some serious bread baking. I was totally enamored at that time with the Williams-Sonoma catalog. It would be years later when I would finally enter a Williams-Sonoma store. It was love!!
Back in 1981, The Trout and I belonged to a "Wine Group". We were 5 couples who became friends through the local Newcomers Club. We started out so 'good,' meaning, we would blind taste 5 or 6 wines and only eat a slice of bread to cleanse the palate. We would try to meet once a month at someone's home. Just let me say, very quickly, the slice of bread to cleanse the palate made way to some really nice gourmet dinners. We also took the brown paper bags off of the wine bottles, and simply enjoyed the evening.
During these years - we stayed together in our group for 12 years - I kind of started 'my specialty' which was my recipe for Williams-Sonoma recipe for baguettes.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Bon Appetit arrived this week as it has for the last 30+ years. We have always promised ourselves that we would prepare at least 2-3 recipes out of each issue. Usually, this has worked out just fine. Tonight's meal was "Spice-Crusted Salmon with Ginger-Cilantro Yogurt Sauce."
It was very good, especially the sauce, but the fennel and coriander seeds crusted on the salmon were not that well received. We both decided that dill would have been a better choice. The salmon was beautifully grilled, instead of pan cooked, and the roasted asparagus always are a hit.
Spice-Crusted Salmon with Ginger-Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
4 6 -ounce salmon fillets with skin
Mix yogurt, cilantro, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon oil, ginger and garlic in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Crush fennel and and coriander seeds and press into the salmon filets.
Grill on each side until done. Serve with the yogurt sauce.
We served this with a 2008 Smythe-Renfield Pinot Nois from New Zealand which turned out to be a very delightful wine and a perfect companion to the salmon.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
It hits your tongue with a perfume that is very strong and then it lingers on the tongue for a long time. WOW! This was very DIFFERENT. We bought this small bottle (I also liked the shape) and last evening, we had our first opening and taste.
Just a little taste..I have to make it last. And then we started imagining where we could use it. Like in a flavoring for a white frosting on a cake, a vanilla pudding, frosting on a sweet roll. Or, just another sip after a good dinner.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This is a beautiful yellow hibiscus, while the photo above shows a brilliant orange.
Though this is white, it is as beautiful white with a double flower. What is amazing about these gorgeous plants is that they are in 12 inch pots, almost 3 feet tall, profusely blooming and they cost....$10 each.
Now to get the tomato plant, cucumbers, radishes and pepper planted. Very, very small garden, but it is nice to just run outside to harvest during our winter season.
Friday, October 22, 2010
My passion flower is still blooming
I guess I have taken enough time from my blog. It really is time to enjoy writing again. First of all, I want to thank everyone for their wonderful thoughts after our sadness came on so suddenly when our beloved four-legged furry friend, Kippy, went to the Rainbow Bridge. Two friends, first Bonnie and then Becky, told me about the Rainbow Bridge. It was new to me and it certainly expressed all of my feelings. Thank you to both of you. And to the other 24 comments, expressing your sadness, I was touched. I even made a new friend, Kary, Diane sent a beautiful poem, and I actually felt the many hugs.
Arriving back in Florida with a little tough. Our neighbor's Yorkie came running immediately looking for Kippy. He still doesn't understand that Kippy did not come home with us and keeps looking for her. On my Facebook page, I received many other notes of encouragement. I am happy to see that there are so many pet lovers out there that truly understand.
But now, it is time to plant our winter garden, get our home back in order and very soon we will be doing our volunteering at the Children's Miracle Network golf classic at Disney. And cooking...really need to start cooking again. Making a spelt salad tonight that I have made before. Also picked up a new slow cooker along the way home, and anxious to try some recipes in that. I'll be back.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tomorrow I leave on a flight for Arizona. A friend from Kindergarten through high school graduation is celebrating a special birthday, and I will be there!!
When I get back next week, we start the 3000 mile journey back to Florida. The weather down there is getting beautiful. Low 80's and much, much lower humidity. It's been a real good summer, but the time is right to get back to our routine.
I will be taking a little blogging break until I am back in Florida. We will be visiting grandchildren along the way home and we are definitely looking forward to that.