Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kale Mint Almond Milk Smoothie with Figs and Honey

Summer seems 2/3s over, and for some reason the summer is not really coming around fully this summer. It is rather chilly, and rains quite often. oh well.

I made a smoothie with kale from the garden with a spring of mint, some fresh figs, almond milk and a teaspoon of raw honey. The key is to have just a few leaves, and a few figs for sweetness. Delicious.

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I love these new stainless steel tumblers from Starbucks.

Otherwise, I discovered Greek giant beans this summer, which I just love. Combined beautiful salad mix from the farmers market, some tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields

These week I went strawberry picking. Everything is rather late this year because of the never-ending winter, and the strawberries never quite made it. The pick-your-own places closed almost as soon as they opened because there was not enough to pick. After a week of sunshine, they opened again. “Why not.” I thought, local Maine strawberries. They are $3.50 if you pick yourself, and otherwise $6 per quart.

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I arrived at the farm, got some containers. “To the left” she said “you can pick anywhere you want, but it is slim pickin’s.”

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The farm does not believe in mono-culture and instead in the benefits of weeds being the good soil for next year. Just…..“Where are the strawberries?”

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Despite the ‘slim pickin’s” I just took me about a half hour of foraging to fill 3 quarts (and probably eating 1).

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Strawberry Fields Forever.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Revenge of the Cats

A few years ago, people posted photos of “Things I put on my cat”. Like the greeting card below.

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But now, the cats have taken revenge.

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They wrote a whole book of poems about things they could pee on. I understand they are indeed very opinionated about being ‘pissed’.

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Otherwise, it is flowers and sunshine, or it should be.

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From coffee shops to

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Shore path walks

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to the Bar Harbor Grand

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To piers in repair

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to Maine cocktails

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to tourist classics

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and a Ford Model T (I think)

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to those from Asia

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Bar Harbor is open for every place in space and time. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Strawberry Rhubarb Cranberry Quinoa Cake (GF)

Tropical storm Bill rained out the first day of summer and Father’s day this year. Like in poured out. The temperatures dropped, and it just did not stop raining. My giant bean plants were flooded.

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There was only one plan to have fun: make it a pyjamas day, light a fire and some candles, watch netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and bake a cake. The rhubarb had long been harvested, kept in the fridge for a while and finally frozen, but yesterday I bought some strawberries, and it was time for a crumble. Or something like it.  I worked without a recipe this time, but I knew what I wanted: plenty of fruit, a tasty crust, but not too much of it, and so tasty I actually eat it. I used quinoa flour and almond meal for the dough, and it tastes really great. The only thing missing? A dollop of whipped cream but I did not want to leave the house in the pouring rain.

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Rhubarb Strawberry Cranberry Quinoa Cake (glutenfree)

  • 2 cups of strawberries, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 cup cubed rhubarb (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh cranberries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TB butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 ts baking soda
  • 1/2 ts baking powder
  • 1 ts vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix all the fruit in a bowl with the sugar. Pour in a 10 inch round or square baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the butter and sugar with a hand or stand mixer. Add in the egg and the vanilla extract. Mix the flour, almond meal, baking powder and baking soda, and also whisk in. Once the dough is ready, spoon it over the mixture (I used an ice cream scoop), and then distribute it, basically spread out and connect the dollops.

Bake for 40 min. Serve warm, cold, with whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

And then I took a Pink Tiger home

It was a marvelous early summer day, when only half of the tourists have arrived yet, mostly from the South. I headed out to the coast. To work.

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I encountered parts of windmills that were transported under police escort, but otherwise it was a usual summer day. I arrived at Chase’s Daily just in time to still get lunch (they serve until 2:30pm).

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It was finally the time when Chase’s has started to sell produce from its own farm. Around this time of the year, this includes seedlings.

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Like winter chard. Or tomatoes.

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I had given up on tomato plants a few years ago, because it seemed cheaper and easier to just buy them at the farmers market. But, the farmers market does not have pink ones. Pink with yellow stripes.

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So I took a pink tiger home. There was also Napa cabbage, ready to eat, and my favorite mesclun mix.

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I am not the only one who is in awe of this salad mix.

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After paying for the goods I moved on to lunch. A fabulous salad of said Napa cabbage with pink beets, carrots, and fresh mint (!), fantastic spicy grilled tofu, grilled scallions and a miso vinaigrette.

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After all was eaten and some work done, I wandered the streets of Belfast, with all its cute little stores.

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Brambles at its new location is back in business with olive trees. There is also now a fresh flower store in the store, just beautiful.

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On the backside, unseen from the Main street, is a brandnew brickoven neopolitan pizza store.

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Including outdoor seating.

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Then, I finally, finally found a ‘coffee shop’ to actually sit down and work. It is a secondhand bookstore which is an eclectic mix of secondhand books, and antique porcelain and kitchen ware. I’ve never quite bought anything in the store, I just wanted to be in the store. It transports you to your playful grandmothers house. New tables and chairs in front of the store indicated that something had changed. When I walked in I was overwhelmed by a seductive aroma of cinnamon and fresh baked cookies. There were little tables everywhere in the store, inviting people to sit down, enjoy some coffee and cookies. Brilliant. I picked the most remote table in the back of the store, and got the computer out. I worked until I ran out of battery power. I think I have to move to Belfast.

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