Monday, March 28, 2011

Bouquet Garni

We are fixing a vegetable soup today in our slow cooker.

I made a bouquet garni from fresh window sill herbs; parsley, rosemary and French thyme, and bay leaves and a celery stalk.

The soup will cook for 6 hours filling the house with its delicious aroma.

I am enjoying the Province style of cooking,

 fresh and simple.

I am bringing joy to my table.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Kitchen Garden

We picked up a few plants from the nursery.

We planted 12 red cabbages
and 12 brussel sprouts. We added deer and rabbit protection.
I think we might need to get netting too.

Our Spring Kitchen garden is planted. The peas have their bamboo trellis to grow on.  The lettuces and spinach and chives are in.

The chives are perennial
and will take a year to become established.

Our turnips sprouted this morning.
We planted the seed on March 17th.
I have flowers in bloom.
The hyacinth are from forced Winter bulbs from two years ago.
I planted the ones from this past winter. Next year they should bloom. The smell is heavenly.

While walking I saw this tree in bloom. It looks to be a Magnolia of some sort. Gorgeous.....

I am adding to my herb garden this year.
This silver edge Lavender is so pretty.
I planted two clumps to see how it does.
All around the yard I have daffodils.
Over the last 30 plus years I have divided the clumps.

I shall divide once again after they have ripened off.
They are part of my cutting garden.
I like to have cut flowers on the kitchen table.

I have decided to grow a French herb garden in pots for April
and in May plant all the herbs out in the gardens.
The French Thyme smells wonderful.
It will grow behind the kitchen sink until danger of frost is over.
I planted two pots of French Sorrel.
They will go on the hearth.
The nursery said  French Tarragon will be in next week.
I have a pot ready for it.

Our Kale is a perennial.
It is coming up just fine.

We are trying a few different vegetables
this year too.

The Kitchen Garden is my focus this season.
I am looking forward to dinner from the garden.

Monday, March 14, 2011


I thought I would begin Spring cleaning today.

I had planned on writing about red butter lettuce.
It melts in your mouth!
I stood at the back door this morning and watched the snow fall.
As the day brightened I just had to go out.
I wanted to be with the birds and this end of winter snowfall.
The magic of a March snow
filled me with laughter.
I will write about red butter lettuce next week.
I will tell all about fresh green peas and the delights of our stir fry supper next week.

It is snowing.
I can be flexible.
I can start Spring cleaning tomorrow.

Monday, March 7, 2011

My favorite cookbook

Alice Waters' cookbooks are my favorite.
I read them and hunger for fresh, simple food.

I like quality tools.
I am planning to purchase a mandolin. I am doing my research.
I have been using my Mother's old one and it is no longer sharp.
It was in her kitchen in the 1940's.
Good tools last a very long time.

We went on an outing to purchase our seed potatoes.
I picked up a flat of pansies and violas.
I did up pots of flowers for the kitchen and livingroom.

Once the weather warms I will plant them outside.
For now I have lovely Spring flowers in the house.
They brighten my mood.

We made a special stop at the flag shop.
We bought a few parade flags and stands for our dinner party and
a large flag to fly outside.
 I am smitten with Wales. I am smitten with their flag.
We are celebrating Wales this March.
I always celebrate dragons!