Archive for June, 2013

June dinner: blue and yellow

June 21, 2013

We had a special addition to the month’s dinner. A few weeks ago, we signed up for a local CSF. What is a CSF? Well, it’s kind of like a CSA, or “community-supported argiculture,” where you sign up with a local farm and get a weekly share of their produce. This one is “community supported fishing.” For two months, we get a weekly share of the fresh catch off a local fishing boat. It’s a new co-operative that just started operating, so we got in on the ground floor. Last week we got a pound of yellowtail flounder which we brought home and cooked up for fish tacos, and that was some of the best fish I have ever eaten. This week we got a pound of monkfish tails which went into the special dinner and was equally delicious. The CSF is based in New Hampshire, so it’s a bit of a drive to get there and back, but the quality of the fresh fish is amazing and we’re very happy to be supporting local fishermen.

So, this month has blue again, which is tough. It’s still really really hard to come up with blue foods, which made this month’s dinner mostly yellow (but still yummy).

 

E.'s always-beautiful table setting

E.’s always-beautiful table setting

For an appetizer, I made a white gazpacho flavored and colored with saffron. It was a nice cool start to the meal.

 

White gazpacho soup, based on cucumber and yogurt with a pinch of saffron

White gazpacho soup, based on cucumber and yogurt with a pinch of saffron

The main course was a sweet yellow curry with monkfish. The curry was made with yellow peppers, pineapple, and coconut milk, and served on saffron basmati rice.

 

Monkfish curry

Monkfish curry

For dessert I made blueberry sorbet. It was very simple, but very good.

Home-made blueberry sorbet

Home-made blueberry sorbet

May dinner: red and purple

June 18, 2013

Our special dinner for May in red and purple had to undergo a last-minute change of plan. I had intended to start with a salad and then have a hot main course, but then we got a sudden heat wave at the end of May. After a few days of temperatures in the 90sF we didn’t want to eat anything hot. So instead, I changed the main course into a big salad so we could eat cold.

 

E.'s table setting, featuring our still-flourishing poinsettia from last Christmas

E.’s table setting, featuring our still-flourishing poinsettia from last Christmas

We had a salad of red lettuce, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, and shredded red cabbage with grilled salmon on top. We drank a somewhat disappointing sweet red wine with it.

 

Salmon salad

Salmon salad

Dessert was a fruit salad of watermelon, grapes, cherries, and strawberries.

Summer fruits

Summer fruits

Wildlife

June 9, 2013

We have had quite a menagerie in our yard in the past few days.

The snapping turtle came back and dug around some more, but still no sign of eggs.

Caught in the act this time

Caught in the act this time

The same morning, there were both geese and deer foraging in the back yard.

A peaceable kingdom

A peaceable kingdom

And then yesterday there were three little brown rabbits hopping around and nibbling on clover.  (They’re more than welcome to the clover, as long as they leave the tomatoes, raspberries, and pumpkins alone.)

It may be hard to tell, but there's a bunny in this picture

It may be hard to tell, but there’s a bunny in this picture

Our guests have made some generous contributions to the fertilizing of the lawn, and they provided us with plenty of entertainment, so we’re happy to have their company.

 

 

Trutle nest

June 4, 2013

Yesterday morning there was a snapping turtle digging around in our front yard.  It looked like it was looking for a place to lay eggs.  By the time I got back with the camera, the turtle was gone and there was no sign of any eggs, so I guess our lawn was unsatisfactory as a nest site, but it left a rather large hole in the ground.

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Nest, but no eggs

Splash!

June 1, 2013

I took my first swim in the pond of the season today.  It was wonderful to be swimming in “real” water again.  Of course, there are the small annoyances like  wind and waves, mucky leaves on the bottom, and so on that I don’t have to deal with at the pool, but being able to just trot down to the end of the road and splash into a quiet pond with no one else around is well worth it.