Monday, July 7, 2008

Harvesting -

It's time for the annual joint harvesting of the golden yarrow and the lavender -

-Baskets of the stuff is cut and trimmed and hung on the wall - for future tea, sachets, shortbread, tub-teas, etc... This is the biggest harvest of the season, with a smaller one or two later on. For several days the house smells of lavender (much to my kid's dismay).

Still picking strawberries and loads of borage and chamomile.

And today - the first bowl of raspberries of the season.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Strawberry Decadence -

How many ways can one enjoy the strawberries you picked this morning? This is my favorite way this week -

Toast two slices of Apple Strudel Bread (purchased at the local Yakima Fruit Market) and butter.

Slice the larger berries and scatter on top.

Take the smaller berries and the very ripe ones and mash with a fork and spoon on top.

Drizzle the entire thing with sweet balsamic vinaigrette*.

Yum! Strawberry shortcake, eat your heart out.

*Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette

3/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. salt

Whisk or shake until the sugar dissolves.
My favorite dressing to use on fruit and green salads (try with Romain lettuce, strawberries, mangoes and onion)