Bitter with the sweet

Chard is in season! You don’t want to miss this beautiful vegetable, it’s almost too pretty to eat. I sauté it in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper the same way I make my collards, Brazilian style. It was the star of tonight’s delicious dinner featuring pork chops glazed with mustard and maple syrup,Continue reading “Bitter with the sweet”

The view from the tower

If you walk the trails at Weedon Island in St. Petersburg FL, be sure to climb the lookout tower. You’ll see islands of mangrove on oyster shell foundations in Riviera Bay with the St. Pete skyline in the background. St. Pete natives can hear the plaintive call of the osprey from the beaches to theContinue reading “The view from the tower”

Jamie Oliver’s beet salad

My foodie cousin Bill sent me a picture today of a gorgeous beet salad from Jamie Oliver’s book, 5 ingredients. We took his five ingredients and raised it by a few items we had on hand. We roasted the baby beets with a sweet potato. The salad foundation became romaine, arugula, dandelion and radish microContinue reading “Jamie Oliver’s beet salad”

What’s for dinner-Purple, Orange, Red and Green

What did we do with those piles of colorful vegetables from the Farmer’s and Asian markets? Dinner is easy when your kitchen is full of garden fresh vegetables. Slice some beets, eggplant, carrot, onion, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, coat with olive oil and salt and roast until just tender. Sauté some chard in olive oil withContinue reading “What’s for dinner-Purple, Orange, Red and Green”

Trash and Treasure

The tourists are here in full force, so Monday morning is beach cleanup time. We walked from Caddy’s on Sunset Beach up to the Bilmar and back and collected 3 grocery bags of detritus, plastic bottles and toys, beer cans, masks and wipes. Some were thoughtful to put their rubbish in a neat pile. OnceContinue reading “Trash and Treasure”

Sunday pleasures and treasures

Fortified with Dave’s raisin bread French toast, vegan sausage, fresh Florida strawberries and an orange juice banana protein shake, we headed south to Sarasota for a lazy afternoon at Cafe in the Park. We made the same trek this time last year to listen to one of our favorite local bands, Passerine. It’s the firstContinue reading “Sunday pleasures and treasures”