enjoying the harvest
How quickly the eye adapts; adjusting to the new normal of a drought-ravished landscape; forgetting the wonders of spring! Although the promised abundance of rain has not materialized, enough has fallen to make a significant difference…
bright spring green of new foliage and new fruit…
new growth where there had appeared to be only dead wood…
amazing bronze of avocado leaves
and budding apricots
and hedge roses…
boysenberry vines re-emerging…
even small patches of grass becoming a lawn once again!
Are you also enjoying the gift of green???
purest white against greening meadow grass, the egret enjoys good hunting…
remnants of last years owl meals cleaned away, replaced with new shavings…
last night’s sunset silhouettes the waiting box…
the past two Januarys have provided our first sightings of new occupants for the owl box…today is the 29th…will they appear…???
‘Long hot summer’ perfectly describes Santa Barbara as we near the end of October… too long, too hot, too much summer!!! Tee shirts, flip flops and shorts – the only way to stay comfortable-
and salads for supper
a nice cold, crisp Caesar !!!
Caesar dressing (absque ovum)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
4 anchovy fillets, minced
grated parmesan cheese
whisk ingredients together, adding 1/2 cup olive oil in a steady stream
dress the whole grain croutons
toss with Romain
plate with boiled egg, shaved parmesan, cracked pepper
So ready for a nip in the air, a cashmere sweater, a hearty beef bourguignon….
I love to cook – especially in the fall as the days shorten and the air cools! Not here!!! We are still in the throes of a particularly hot Indian summer, as I long for the richer, weightier flavors of fall. Finding both figs and fresh Brussels sprouts in my refrigerator…thanks to my wonderful personal shopper…
halved, salted and peppered
served with RANA mushroom ravioli with a squeeze of lemon and a bit of filet mignon
a fabulous fall fix!!!