Dining with the Garden Fairies

It's the summer solstice.  The air is filled with the scent of jasmine and rose.  And, there is this magical place among the garden fairies floating in the air, where the ferns dance in the moonlight, the hostas are decked out in their tootoos, and the champagne bubbles are playing Chopin.

The table is set, the wine is poured, and dinner is ready to be served --

Inspired by the table setting? It's Costa Nova Friso Dinnerware.  As for that Fettuccine with Garlic Scape Pesto, the recipe is below.

Garlic Scape Pesto

12 garlic scapes, chopped (can be found at farmer's markets around the summer solstice)
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded
6-8 large basil leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste

Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse for 20 seconds.  Add the walnuts and pulse for 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the olive oil and process for 15-20 seconds; you should start to see an oily paste forming.  Add the Parmesan cheese, basil and lemon juice and process until you get a smooth paste consistency.  Taste and adjust seasoning with salt.  Serve over fresh fettuccine.  This is also great over fresh goat cheese, or as the base for a tomato tart.  Enjoy!


{foodie 60631} Tomato Porn

The cravings have started, the lust is growing, and satisfaction is months away ... for the first sun-riped tomato.

The tiny seedlings are in the ground surrounded by a protective cloche, or hoophouse if you're lucky.  They're just sitting there waiting for the heat of the sun to coax them into growth and the bees to spread their genes ... yet, its still months away from the first fruit!  What's a person to do while waiting for the first tomato?  How about a little Tomato Porn to help pass the time ...

Hope you enjoy a feast for the eyes!  The rest is coming, as the clock ticks down ... 1,632 hours, 24 minutes and 6 seconds to go.  But, who's counting!?


Inspiration Wednesday

"I can just let my curiosity wander unleashed."

-- James Collins