Monday, July 09, 2007

Veggies, cupcakes...oh and hi again!

I've been around here...reading blogs when I can and posting occasionally on PPK. Ironically there are lots of pics on my camera memory card, but they've never made it to the blog. I'll do a short post today and try to do some longer posts with lots of photos soon.

My half share at the CSA has been great so far. Last Friday, I helped harvest the crops and it was really fun. I picked onions, radishes, strawberries and squash. I'd never picked onions or radishes before and it was cool to see how they grow and get my hands dirty.

This week's CSA haul was: 2 lettuces, 4 zucchini, 2 eight ball zucchni, 2 crook neck squashes, 1 romanesca zucchini, 1 small pint of strawberries, onions, and radishes.

Here's a photo of my pickup a few weeks back which included Red Russian kale, lettuces, onions, a few berries, and radishes.

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So we seem to get lots of radishes from the farm. I'm not a huge fan of them. Do any of you have favorite radish recipes? I've been slicing them and tossing them in salads.

These are some pistachio rosewater cupckes from VCTOTW. I baked them for my friend's birthday and they went on a trip with us to Acadia National Park up in Maine. I'll post some of those pics in the future.

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This is cranberry cinnamon bread which is a test recipe for Lolo's (of VeganYumYum) upcoming cookbook. It is supposed to be cinnamon raisin, but I pretty much despise raisins. Cranberries made a great substitution. This bread is really wonderful.

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What else has been going on? I turned 30 last month and to celebrate, I went skydiving. ---Note, the new profile pic with Andreas my skydiving instructor. During freefall it feels more like you are superman flying than dropping through the air. Because of that, I really didn't find it scary. My guess is your brain can't process what is happening, so it doesn't feel like you are actually falling.

After jumping, my dad took me to Crazy Burger in RI for lunch. There, I got a vegan burger and vegan carrot cake for dessert. Later, my family and I got together at Elephant Walk for dinner. EWalk has French Cambodian food with a separate vegan menu. Yay!

Though I'm not a fan of the radishes from the farm, the greens are wonderful sauteed with olive oil and garlic. Below on the left is some radish greens. On the right is some mizuna from the farm. Normally, we see mizuna in field green salads. Now I know you can also cook it up.

That's all for now. I have many pics to post still and will try to catch up soon. Hope everyone is doing well.


Crystal said...

Yum - I love the Pistachio Rosewater cupcakes. I just made mini ones and brought them into work last week. Of course I saved a couple for myself!

So fun to help out on the farm. We want to do that one of these years...


Carrie™ said...

Glad to see you back. My posting has been sporadic lately only because I'm working odd hours and feel tired a lot. I have some pics saved in my camera as well.
Your CSA looks great. So fresh! Happy belated birthday!! I am not a thrill seeker and would never attempt to jump out of a plane. Glad you did and enjoyed it.

Sheree' said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am always looking for new fellow vegan bloggers. I love your site. Those cupcakes look really good. My birthday is coming up in August and I have to pick which cupcake I want. Too many to choose from.

Happy belated birthday! Skydiving looks like it rocks!. I am in the process of loosing weight. My dream is when I loose my weight I am going skydiving. I will do it. So fun!!!

Rachael said...

Radishes: Roast them! I much rather eat them cooked than raw, though raw is ok too. - this is a great roasted radishes recipe. Yum.

Oh, and a bread looks fantastic. I need to start baking again...

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Happy belated birthday - I love your new photo and sense of adventure! Your produce looks so pretty - as do the rosewater cupcakes & Lolo's bread - thanks for your tip to make her lavender shortbread, I'm definately going to. :)

bazu said...

Happy birthday! Skydiving has been a fantasy of mine- I hope to do that before I turn 30- which doesn't give me much time!
Loved the veggie and the cupcakes pictures. Mmm.

KleoPatra said...

Hi Jody!

Welcome back! Nice farm share there and i looooove the cranberry (CRANBERRY!!!) cinnamon (CINNAMON!) bread.

Happy belated birthday, Jody. Skydiving sounds like a most excellent way to "get high" on your special day!!

Thank you for your kind words about Mattie... much appreciated!

e-mail me when you have a minute!


Jenna said...

My birthday cupcakes were amazing! Pistachio Rosewater...thanks for making them.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday!!

Great way to celebrate your birthday!