This plum sauce was partially foraged for — one part fresh strawberries from a nearby farm’s fruit stand, the other two parts gleaned from stark purple cherry plum trees around town, which are easy to spot in the green Spring and Summer foliage. The plums are deeply purple colored and small, with ruby gem-colored flesh with a small cherry-sized pit inside. They are flavorful and filled with antioxidants but their size and mild bitterness in comparison to supermarket plums leaves the majority of these to fall and spoil untouched.
If you’re willing to go through the trouble of pitting a pound or two of these plentiful little treats however, you may be rewarded with a smooth, flavorful sauce, with all of the health benefits and none of the bitterness. Keep an eye out, I’ll be posting the recipe here next week with suggestions on how to use it in everything from drinks to desserts to barbecue sauce.
At the Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo/Ono, CA, there are wonderful plum trees growing amidst the memorial walls. Taking a leaf out of Lauren’s book; time for some fresh sauce!
Cherry plum sauce, handily documented by Nathan Spotts while I was wrist-deep in juice from picking and pitting these tart, tasty, jewel-colored treats.
The first of a new Pony Premo-back series I’m starting, featuring a concoction with vodka, muddled strawberries, and black peppercorn syrup.
Delicious bacon cheeseburger and fries from Oakland-based artisan sandwich truck, Fiveten Burger.
Baked macaroni and cheese fresh out of the oven. I started with a bacon-fat based bechamel, added cheddar, colby jack, cream cheese, then topped with more shredded cheese, breadcrumbs, and spices. I always make extra because this goes fast.
The days are getting warmer and the wonderful weather requires we go outside to enjoy it. Here’s an idea for a way to revel in affordable luxury: try a simple picnic at a waterfall. Bring a bottle of champagne, perhaps some cheese and crackers, and someone you love.
From the garden to the market: lots of huge, bright red tomatoes for sale at a weekly neighborhood market in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s common practice for salespeople at the market to cut open their produce to show off its quality to their customers.
Yesterday I shared a tour of alternative healer Bronwyn Michaelis’ garden. Next weekend I’ll be sharing a look inside of my own garden, and offering tips for you to use in your own garden at home. You won’t want to miss it, follow me through tumblr to keep up with my daily food posts.
And have a wonderful Earth Day, hope you all get the chance to spend it outside. The weather here is wonderful!
Alternative healer Brownwyn Michaelis, of reikiyoga.com gave us a tour of her garden recently, showing off some of her favorite plants. She sat down with the chrysanthemums and told us about the benefit of spending time with nature, and how they can provide health benefits beyond just…