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ka-bloom!

Finding lots of lovely flowers yesterday morning had me busy repurposing a bottle of house-made wine (courtesy of one of my dinner guests last month) and then my college stein into impromptu vases. An apartment filled with flowers: what delight!  That said, I’ve been trying to find someplace (anyplace!) nearby that sells peonies…to no avail. I thought at some point during the spring or summer they’d come into season and I’d see them at the farmers market, but no luck so far!

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tomato, tomahto…

We’ve been having hot summer days out here, which have been particularly inspiring when it comes to buying lots of fruit, drinking lots of iced water & juice & lemonade, eating chilled vegetables and lounging around in the shade with a book. I also threw together a tomato salad this evening (my uncle’s idea), with heirloom and plum and vine-ripened Campari tomatoes, Hawaiian alae salt, cracked pepper, shallots and some of the 2006 L’Ostal Cazes extra virgin olive oil that 姨媽 and Mommy got me while I was in LA. So good, and so refreshing!

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visitors

This afternoon, as I was walking back with groceries from the farmers’ market, I spied these visitors across the way in the gardens.  There were four or five babies trailing their mother, picking through the grass and at little pools of water.  I left all my parcels and things on the steps and spent a good ten minutes quietly following them around.

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Luckily, the fresh flowers I got at the market, which waited so patiently as I spent the afternoon holed up in a cafe, were able to wait a little longer for their water!

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dinner party

I had lovely guests over yesterday evening for a cheery dinner on the balcony to take advantage of the balmy summer weather. I picked up some fresh produce and flowers at the Pleasanton Farmers’ Market and from Whole Foods, and cooked leisurely through the late afternoon. It was actually a bit of an adventure, being that I developed a sudden hankering for Israeli couscous a few days ago. So we ended up with lamb chops, a tossed baby spinach salad, plus a roasted tomato couscous I adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Now here’s the funny thing — I don’t really like eating salads that much (or at all, unless I have to). But I looooove making them, so I get a kick out of having guests over in order to have someone to enjoy the ensuing creations! I started by making my own wheat-bread croutons … details on these, the salad, and the lamb to follow!

-amble on for recipes!>

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