Spring is the time when blossoms, tulips and daffodils fill our gardens.
How do you define summer?
- you wear a tee-shirt and shorts
- sweat drips down your back after a walk to the corner
- your swim suit and towel are always wet
- you have to switch on the AC in your car
- you buy iced lattes at Starbucks
- peaches and cherries at your local farmer’s market
I think it’s all the above. What do you think?
You may be interested to learn that I was able to answer in the affirmative for all the above items this week [It was 85 degrees today, so I went swimming] and after seeing the bounty at our local farmer’s market last Sunday, I feel I can say summer has arrived in Southern California.
Come let me show you the farmer’s market …
I bought a bunch of sweet peas at the market. Their scent takes me right back to my childhood home where they grew on the verandah wall each spring, and the fragrance from multiple arrangements of freshly cut sweet peas and roses filled the house.
I don’t get excited to see apples or pears in the fall (do you?), but I can act like a kid when I see the first peaches and plums, cherries and apricots.
Strawberries and citrus don’t make my heart sing
Cherries and peaches do
Three kinds of asparagus, a large variety of squash, and squash blossoms
If you’ve never eaten dandelions this is an excellent time of year to try them.
They are rich in vitamins and minerals. Their bitter flavor stimulates digestive function, from the stomach down to the intestines, including stimulating bile production in the liver.
Click here for a great recipe of dandelions and shiitake mushrooms.
We bought eggs “from the happiest chickens in town“, and tried a bottle of Rebecca Smith‘s Cold Brew Coffee
In the cold brew process we grind the beans, soak them in water for 18-24 hours, then filter out the beans to get the coffee concentrate.
To prepare: mix 1 part coffee to 2 parts milk, add some ice, and voilà, a cup of iced coffee that’s not bad. I’ve had some every afternoon this week.
At the Studio City farmer’s market kids ride a merry-go-round pulled by real ponies… and last weekend Snow White popped in.
I took all the photos last Sunday
It’s not just hot, its dry, and unfortunately there’s a serious fire burning just north of the city.
The Springs fire, which started Thursday around 6:30 a.m., has scorched more than 18,000 acres between Pacific Coast Highway and the 101 Freeway.
Winds continue to push the flames southwest when single-digit humidity, temperatures in the high 90s and wind gusts of more than 40 mph fed the fire that consumed dry old brush that hasn’t burned in over 20 years.