Crepe Time

I’ve never made a crepe, but now I want to.  Any suggestions or recipes?
Today I had a delicious crepe at Pates et Traditions.  MMMM: chicken, mushrooms, white wine, cream, swiss and parsley.
Now the kicker: I don’t even like swiss cheese, actually I really don’t like it, but melted inside, it was very good.  Don’t you hate when that happens?
This tasted just like our favorite chicken marsala recipe.. just a alternative idea. :)

Creamy chicken and mushroom crepes with @JessieAskinazi NOMS!

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Spring is coming! Seeds update.

Can you feel it? It’s almost Spring. It’s February 27.  Happy reasons: YAY GARDEN! Sad reasons: Where is my blizzard?  I guess I have to have one or the other.. so garden time.  Here is a update on the seeds that we have been growing inside, these will be transplanted outside in a few weeks.

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Onions are looking strong.

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18 healthy broccoli plants here, growing tall already.

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8 kale plants, all pretty fellows.

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Here they are, working on their tan.  They have tough lives.

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We have been cleaning up the garden and getting things ready. Since we built new boxes we need alot (20-25 2.5 cu. ft. bags!) of potting mix but unfortunately the giant bags aren’t in yet.  Thankfully we live just 2 blocks from Home Depot where we stalk daily.  Like this picture here, me creeping along the loading dock wondering if there is potting mix back there.  I told Matthew we should just show up everyday and volunteer to unload the trucks for them.

A little update on the Window Farm too….

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We moved it over to the window where it can get some real sunlight this year.  We still have the artificial light there for some backup.  The lettuce (bottom right) wasn’t looking so good, but with the added sunlight it’s bounced back.

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Here is the lettuce.

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Yummy basil. Smells so good.

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Also cilantro. I love cilantro, but you have to grow so much to get a decent amount.

Economy Candy

Economy Candy is one of my favorite places, a candy store on the Lower East Side that sells all the candy you ate in your childhood.  You name it – most likely they have it.  Plus I’m in love with their self service machines of every flavor Jelly Belly (I’m a Very Cherry addict) and every color Sixlet you can think of.

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What did I get? Jelly Bellies for myself (Very Cherry, Chocolate Pudding and Root Beer mixture) and red + silver Sixlets for Matthew. The hardest part is not eating them all in one sitting.. some things never change.

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Neon Dinner Food

For the Neon Dinner Party I was under the impression that everything had to be neon.  To the shirts and socks you wore, to the food you brought.  Especially the food. Well, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who dyed any food, but it was worth it.  At first I thought I would go the mashed potatoes route, or baked goods, but the host has a no dairy policy, so then fear spread in and I began googling foods to add food coloring to.    Hot pink neon cilantro and lime rice? Yes please! Stuffed Pepper casserole with neon blue rice? Yes! 
I added about 3 small drops of food coloring to the rice in the very beginning before I added in water to boil and simmer.  Once I added in the water, it really soaked up the food coloring and made the rice super intense.
I would do this again, just for fun.  :)

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More pictures behind the cut.

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Pak Choi + Chicken + Rice

Tonight I cooked up half of the pak choi we picked this past weekend.  Boy was it good! It was so soft, so fresh, so yummy.  We put it with some carrots, bite size chicken pieces and white rice.  What a delicious dinner.
Here’s the recipe I used for the seasoning.  Basically at the end I just mixed the pak choi and carrots with the chicken and poured the sauce over them.  Then I put it on top of rice. MMM.

 

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Building a Cold Frame

We’ll be starting our broccoli in a new cold frame this year.  Matthew has been building this the last few days and we finally got it to the roof, after we had to take it apart 2 times as it wouldn’t fit through doorways.
The plastic still has to be attached in the next few weeks, but the broccoli seedlings that we start inside are looking great and strong.  This year we’ll be growing 18(!!) broccoli plants.

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(Ignore the mess). :)

Neon Dinner Party

What is a Neon Dinner Party? Well it’s a dinner party that loves everything neon.  Last night we attended a neon party at a friend’s home.  For the occasion I made some neon rice dishes (post coming soon) that worked out well after some planning with food color.

Enjoy the colors!

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Sugar Snap Pea Planting

Well today was pretty nice out so we decided to plant a few days earlier than the planned Feb 20th.  We planted 2 rows of sugar snap peas, and in about 2 weeks we will plant 2 more rows.  Hopefully we’ll be swimming in peas in the spring.

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Here are the rows ready to be filled in.  They’re calling out for peas. “Peas, Peas, Where are you”?”

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Peas: “We’re here, in a bag, save us”.

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Peas: “We’re planted! Bury us!”

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Matthew: “YAY!” He was very excited for today. He woke up and it was all about peas.

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Peas: “Look at us all! One big family!”

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Peas: “Oh, what is that liquid? It smells a bit funny.”

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Peas: “OOOOH, AHHH, it’s cold but it feels good!”  MMM, compost juice makes healthy plants!

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Peas: “Good night!”