Today is brighter, warmer & fresher than recent days, with blooms budding and birds singing - all full of the promise of summer.
It sets me to thinking about fun warm-weather meals with lots of colourful local produce.
-Picnics, both indoor & outdoor, here we come!
In winter months I generally want to eat mid-european dishes – goulashes, potpies, bean dishes, perogies, spatzle and the like; soups such as lentil, borscht, golden squash, and split pea; as well as lots of warming side dishes involving chard, collards, leeks, beets, and roasted root vegetables.
Now that it’s spring I’m returning to more of a Mediterranean food experience – many vegetables, wonderful, vivid green salads, bean salads, pasta dishes, falafels, hummus, veggie dips, and refreshing summer drinks – slushies, coolers, shandies, iced coffees and iced teas – as well as fresh fruit salads, granitas, and of course ice creams.
These are early days for my blog, and in upcoming months I’ll be featuring more of these warm-weather dishes as well as segments devoted to: weekly menus, a vegetarian challenge, default dinners, and delicious healthy lunches. Pictures will be posted, and reader input will be welcome. Stay tuned!
Friday Nite Treat:
I call this The Swackertator for obvious reasons!
2 oz. Carolans liqueur (or Bailey’s)
1 oz. Brandy
4 oz. milk
1-2 ice cubes (optional)
Stir together and drink – does the job and tastes great!