Highlight #1: Ginormous Fresh Figs
Yes, that fig is bigger than that nectarine. No, that is not a mini-nectarine. It's just a SUPER AWESOME FIG. I love fresh figs. Love, love, love. Love. Over at my aunt's house, the first fig harvest of the season yields the most stunning beauties. Then, the birds catch on, and soon they've eaten all the big ones, and we're left picking figs prematurely in an attempt to beat the birds. I only picked a few of these big King Figs this year, but man-o-man, they are lovely. Smooshy and delicious.
Highlight #2: Breakfast at Wimbledon
Lately, this is my most favorite breakfast. Homemade granola + fresh berries + fresh almond milk = great way to start the day. I go to bed at night looking forward to my delicious breakfast. Sooooo good. Some days I use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries... but this day was the finals at Wimbledon, so in keeping with the tradition, I stuck with plain strawberries. Congrats Roger!
Highlight #3: Casual Weeknight Dinner
"Corn Flan over Tomato Compote with Spicy Grilled Nectarines" from "The Artful Vegan." Believe it or not, I made this for dinner on one of the nights that I don't get home from teaching until 9:00. The flan was made in the morning, and everything else came together quite quickly. It looks very fancy, but unfortunately, it was sort of a dud. I was just so damned proud of myself for making it in the first place that I felt compelled to blog about it. The flan was lacking in flavor - excessively mild and subtle. I think the recipe could easily be rescued with a bit more punch from the flan recipe. The most wonderful surprise of the meal was the Spicy Grilled Nectarine - wow! Totally unexpected. Somehow the sweet and the heat really added a perfect element to the overall recipe.
Hightlight #4: Cookieeeeees!
I am working on a cookie recipe to share with you. It will be good. I am exploring a few different manifestations of a core concept. Details soon.
Highlight #5: BBQ Shish-Kabobs for dinner!
So colorful, so pretty, so yummy! These are the BBQ Tempeh Kabobs from "Vegan Fusion Cuisine." I've made them before and I really love them. The homemade BBQ sauce is quick and has great flavor, and I love the summery combo of all those bright veggies with big chunks of tempeh. Mmmm. Perfect.
Now I'm off for a week in Yosemite, lots of trailmix and sandwiches on the trail! Have a great week!
ps. Francesca, yes! I'd love to do a swap. Send me an email: ameyfm at yahoo dot com