The last month or so has been full of wonderful food gifts - the abundance of late autumn harvest. Now it's (almost!) officially winter, but there are still fruits on a few trees and goodies to be shared.
just a few of the avocados I've enjoyed!
One of my lovely yoga students has several huge avocado trees on his property and for the last month or two he has been bringing in giant baskets full of avocados to class -- sometimes twice a week! Right this moment I have two giant avo beauties all ripened up and ready to enjoy! It really has been a wonderful bonanza, and I will be a bit sad when it comes to an end... but I hear there are more on their way next week, so no need to be sad just yet.
That same student also brought me a lovely bowl of delicious sungold cherry tomatoes -- most of which I ate before I remembered to take a picture... because they are irresistible! These little autumn beauties are so sweet and tasty - little bursts of sunshine in every bite. It's been a while since I enjoyed these buddies, and these days the tomato plants have all been plowed under... but I still have my happy tomato memories.
My friend JenJenTheWitchesHen came to visit and brought me some lovely, perfect, delicious almonds: roasted and unsalted. I just love a perfectly roasted almond and these were positively munchable. She got these from a farmer at the farmers market that we goes to regularly. We are both farmers market junkies and it's so fun to give each other gifts from our respective markets.
DUDE. FOR REALZ.
Can you even believe it??? My very dear family friends (and yoga students!) recently went to New York City... and they brought me home a *personally selected* box of chocolates and caramels from none other than Lagusta's Luscious!! Squee!! Can you even believe it??? I was over the moon with joy! I slowly savored each and every one -- each one was different and delicious. This was such a special treat, I felt so super lucky.
golden orbs of gloriousness
Oh man, I really, really love fuyu persimmons. Around here, a lot of people have persimmon trees covered with a serious abundance of fruit... but usually they are the acorn-shaped persimmons called "Hachiya." Those fruits are much more mushy and I don't care for them. It's a little harder - but not impossible! - to find the people with fuyu trees! Lucky me, I've had a few sources this year for my favorite late-autumn/early-winter fruit. Right now I have a big bowl of these that my aunt and her partner gave to me, AND a bag of them from our neighbor! Whooo! My favorite breakfast lately has been a big scoop of my homemade yogurt, a handful of rolled oats, and a chopped up persimmon... so good. Now I am already looking forward to going to bed so that I can wake up and eat this again tomorrow.
More recently, I've been able to return the favor... as our lime tree is finally busting out fruits left and right! I've given away a few huge boxes full of limes, and we're just getting started! What goes around comes around! I've also been busy in the kitchen cooking up holiday presents -- but I can't say anything more than that, because several people on my gift list also read my blog! I promise pictures and details after Xmas!!
While we're on the subject of gifts... guess what? It's time for my
Annual Holiday Cookbooklette Giveaway!
Every year I make a hand-drawn mini cookbook zine featuring some of my favorite recipes from that year. This year I will give away 10 copies -- to readers anywhere in the world! Please just leave a comment and tell me about a foodie gift that you've given or received recently! And make sure to leave your email address or a way to reach you, or I will just pick a different winner.
p.s. Congratulations to Gabrielle Pope
for winning a copy of "But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!"