Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday night dinner

Today I went to the folk festival with some friends, there were beers, good music, a few early Christmas presents at the craft section, and then it was home for Sunday night dinner, a half pizza from TJ and sauted greens from the garden with a dash of new pesto.



Saturday, August 17, 2013

The smell of fresh hay

The nice, warm (even hot) weather is back (yeah!) and the summer until school starts is winding down. Work has picked up significantly again, and I still have not been hiking this summer. This week I spend much time at a meeting on the coast, which included a boat ride to Holbrook Island, a beautiful little island, which makes me think of being in a Jane Austen novel, rolling hills, the smell of mowed hay, foot paths, not a single street.


The only thing better could be renting a cottage on the coast, or having the wind blow into sails, smell the salty sea and ship around the many islands in Penobscot Bay. The trips to the coast as usually include lunch in Belfast,  and picking up some huge, beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh, organic corn at Chase’s Daily.


Over the last year, I have started to worry about eating corn because so much is GMO, but Chase’s is my last resort of responsible farming, and so it is fresh sweet corn again, for a short while.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hearting Maine Summer

The other day I drove by Holbrook Sanctuary, which is close to this heart shaped island. It really is heart-shaped, even Google maps agrees. There is only a single house on the island which recently burnt down. It might be a good destination for a romantic kayak trip and beach fire.



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Indian Quinoa Salad

This salad is another recreation from a lunch bought my trips through Maine, specifically it was from the Belfast Co0p. It is mild, not overpowering but has nice texture and flavors (and very healthy, of course). It works well with all kinds of vegetables but the combination of green, orange and red with the dark quinoa and dried currants and the nutty almonds with a touch of garam masala makes it perfect.


Indian Quinoa salad (makes 2-3 servings)

  • 2/3 cup black quinoa cooked for ca. 20 min in  1 1/3 cup of water, cooled
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly (mostly green parts)
  • 3 TB sliced almond (I actually used sliced filberts)
  • 1/4 cup dried currants (for sweetness)
  • optionally: 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • salt to taste (0.5 ts)
  • 1/2 TB ground  garam masala

Mix all ingredients, and serve. It stores really well for up to 3 days in the fridge.



Sunday, August 4, 2013

By the sea, by the sea

It’s is back to work for me, deadlines looming but I discovered I work a lot better when work is wrapped in a towel and eaten at the sea. Or something like that. Shortcuts don’t work. The other day I said, ah, too long of a drive, I just hangout at the lake. But dogs barking, people talking, gas propelled lawn mower jawling robbed me of any peace of mind, and I trudged home again. So, Belfast and the sea it is. Checking out Treasure barn once in a while, grabbing farmers market goods at Chase’s Daily and lunch, occasionally at the newly open beautiful Gothic next door if it is prime time at Chase’s and the wait too long, and then, it is off to the beach with the beach chair, an umbrella and letting my mind flow in the wind, smelling the sea and my thoughts sailing wide, like sailboats.








Kale salad with avocado and candied almonds at The Gothic.

by the sea, by the sea.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

It was a good day to buy a kayak

After my recent adventures in solo kayaking…


I became very interesting in buying one myself. LL Bean has a great selection..


All that matters is size, color and weight…


Unfortunately, it turned out that I could not lift any of them, and forget lifting them on the top of my car. And so, the adventure it is a good day to buy a kayak ended without a kayak.

I bought some flowers instead, at Surry Gardens and Sweet Pea Gardens, in Surry.










Well, if all fails, there is always vintage Chanel.