Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summers Bounty



We are enjoying Summer here in Southern California.
The sleepy mornings, the extra cup of coffee since we don't have to rush out the door
 to work and school.

We just came back from a few days up in the mountains which was just lovely!
Hiking, fishing, and of course S'mores!

The sunshine and warm temperatures have made my tomato plants go wild!



I've already made tons of pasta sauce, 
salsa is next and we've been enjoying fresh tomatoes on everything!


I'm enjoying Summer all around!

What about you...
what's your favorite part of Summer?


(You might remember Mr. Stripey from here)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Secret Meat Business



I'm always on the lookout for new cooking shows.
They're great for learning new techniques and inspiring you to get in the kitchen.
Recently I came across a show called 
hosted by Australian chef 

While the title of the show reads more like a mystery novel, I guarantee you it's not.
I love his style.
Simple, clean flavors, letting the ingredients speak for themselves.
His philosophy is also fantastic - nose to tail, not letting there be any waste.

Enter his cookbook "Meat".
Ok, actually not so simply enter his cookbook living in the USA.
It's not in print here and the price of copies online...let's just say I think I paid less for my first car!!
My husband did some digging around,
 and managed to find me a copy that didn't require us to mortgage our house.
Yay!!
So after many weeks of waiting for it to arrive from Australia...here it is!


I'm still reading through it as it's not just recipes, but chocked full of stories and how to's. 
For the less carnivorous people out there, it's also not just meat recipes, 
there are wonderful sides and salads too!

I decided on a grilled quail over a Greek salad as my first "make" from the book.

A wonderfully simple and aromatic marinade.



Fresh vegetables and herbs for the salad...and of course feta!




Then the quail gets thrown on the barbie!
(I just used my best Australian accent...could you tell?)




Those little birds cook up quick...we're talking just minutes and they are a beautiful caramel brown!




Then for the moment of truth!!!



Absolutely divine!

Fresh and bright. 
The acidity from the lemon and the richness of the olive oil were sublime. 
The slight gaminess from the quail balances everything out perfectly.
Every bite left you wanting another...which is just the way that it should be.

Secret?
I'll say his secret is that he knows how to cook!!
My taste buds can't wait to be tantalized again! 


Want to know more about Adrian...check out his website here.

If you're lucky enough to live in or visit Australia he has a top rated restaurant called
La Luna Bistro

I think I know where my next jet setting adventure is going to be!
Wink, wink!







Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!




Happy 4th of July!


Independence Day Art Print via Modern Genes on etsy

Whatever your celebrations include - may they be happy and safe!



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