I realize I’ve been a bit neglectful of the blog in the last week. It was mostly because there wasn’t much happening around my lunch that was particularly interesting. I was out of office for meetings for the majority of the week and on the weekend, we were having some food adventures in Portland that I didn’t get around to blogging about until today. So here’s the re-cap.
First off – last weekend and this weekend, we did a combination of farmer’s market and food cart. This resulted in lots of flowers and lots of good food:
From left to right: peonies and strawberries from the Vancouver Farmer’s Market; the menu at Ingrid’s (at a food pod on Division Street in Portland; and a strawberry crepe at Vancouver Farmer’s Market.
Next, I spent several days for a meeting at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon for a meeting. I know, it’s a rough life. I didn’t have much time to go wander the garden, but when I did, I was sure to visit the chickens in the garden. The Oregon Gardens has a lovely kitchen garden, complete with hens and a chicken tractor. I particularly love the one hen’s expression as we both look at the Chicken Crossing sign.
From left to right: resident hens at the Oregon Gardens; artichokes outside my hotel room; a resident bee in the peonies.
And last, but not least, this weekend, I’ve been doing some cooking, so good things are coming this week on the blog. I’ll share here photos and two links to two of my favorite recipes and a preview of one of my all time favorite spring vegetables.
From left to right: hakurei turnips – these will become Pickled Hakurei Turnips – my go-to in the spring for an easy refrigerator pickle; homemade strawberry almond milk – which I made in response to the current seasonal glut of strawberries. The homemade strawberry almond milk comes from one of my favorite blogs: 101 Cookbooks.
Finally, you may have noticed a new look to the blog – I’ve been doing this for about seven months now, and am starting to figure out my way around wordpress. Keep checking back – I plan to continue to add new features as I go. As always, thoughts and comments are appreciated.
Because it’s spring, and everything is blooming everywhere here in the PNW, I wander around the area where I work and take lots of pictures.
Brunch leftovers made eggs and hash on Sunday morning.
So then I had to try to be healthy the rest of the week with broiled grapefruit, honey, greek yogurt and granola.
Bagels were a go to for lunches. I found a great place for Terra chips on the cheap: both the mixed chips with Mediterranean flavors and the picked beet flavor.
Favas made a great mid-week snack.
And then late in the day on Friday, I wandered to the corner coffee shop to get Thai tea with boba. I think I could get used to this city life.