Monthly Archives: May 2013


Remembrances on a Rainy Day ( Palak Paneer)

Yesterday was Memorial Day and I spent the day on 3 hours of sleep. Yes, of course, I am totally at fault here. My son, Neil, was up from NYC for a few days. He, my other son Adam, and I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning playing “Risk” and drinking wine. We had […]



OK, before we talk cheese making, I just have to say, I absolutely detest 89 degree weather – in the FLX – in May! Elka is about the same .. when it gets this warm, I fill up her “kiddie: pool with cold water and she splashes to her hearts content!   OK .. back to cheese. There is […]


Picnic! ( Grilled Curry Chicken w/ a spicy peanut sauce, Paleo crackers w/ goat cheese & Asian-style asparagus)

The last two days have been gorgeous with highs close to 80, blue skies and soft breezes. Perfect weather for a late evening picnic. When the weather is like this, and the sun knocks on the bedroom windows at 5:30 am, it’s hard to stay in bed and sleep. Elka and I decided to take an early […]


Zucchini pasta with wild ramps, garlic mustard and mushrooms with a creamy-cheesy-tomato sauce.

After the last couple days of cold weather, the beautiful sun-lit day was a blessing! The view of the Naples Valley was breathtaking!     Elka and I wandered about looking for wild edibles for dinner and just to be out in the sun and enjoy ourselves. We weren’t the only ones!   The local farmers were […]


Thai Chicken Soup (Tom Yum Gai) and the fragility of things.

T.S. Eliot wrote in “The Waste Land”: “April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain”   Substitute “May” for April and I might agree today. Last night got down to 33 degrees and I only lost a few basil leaves which ended up in tonight’s soup. However tonight […]


Cinco de Mayo Party – Baja Norte Chicken with peach & chili salsa

Can the weather BE any nicer? It’s amazing how everything is growing, seemingly overnight. The Japanese Knotweed that a week ago was 6″ tall when I was munching on it is almost 2-3 feet tall today! Before hitting the gardens for more planting, I decided to take Elka for a quick walk at Clarks Gully. She went […]


Growing Food (or how dinner became wild and cultivated!)

Today was a perfect day for working in the garden – mid ’70’s, bright sunshine but a nice breeze to stay cool with. I think I set a record today …. ‘jeans that I hung out to dry, were dry in under 2 hours!   Elka has her own unique way of checking to see […]

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