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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Brūklenes

Braucu uz mežu nogaršot mellenes - jā, pārsvarā tagad mellenes jau pārāk ūdeņainas. Bet brūklenes - tik garšīgas, tādiem ķekariem, tik skaistas ogas!
Salasīju litru un iesaldēju. Interesanti, ka tai meža izcirtumā, kur ir visvairāk saules, brūklenes vēl nav īsti gatavas. Taču mazliet ēnainākā vietā, starp stiprām, garām priedēm un mellenājiem - tik saldas un gatavas ogas.
Ir viena maģiska siera kūka, kuras recepti es atradu sen, vienā Kanādiešu žurnālā. Paklausieties nosaukumu - "Red berry chocolate cheesecake", Sarkano ogu šokolādes siera kūka. Tur tieši vajag brūklenes. Gabalu tādas siera kūkas ar kūpošu kafijas krūzi dzimšanas dienā vai Ziemassvētkos - tie ir svētki.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Last day of August

It's such a beautiful, delicious time of year. This year, the leaves have  not started to turn yet. I look at the maple tree outside, still so dark green, and think, it's only a matter of days now, and before long I'll be looking out at its leaves all golden, shimmering with morning frost, magic.
This is that time of year when it's not unusual to get stuck driving slowly behind a tractor. Almost every day you can see a tractor or some other big harvest machine out in the fields, working, and it makes me so happy to somehow be in the middle of it, even if I'm just driving along a field.
The colors and textures in the picture above make me wish for a second that I could create a room in those colors, with such plush and fluffy pillows, some reddish-brown fabrics, some muted purple that meets dark green like the thistle heads. There is so much beauty to take in right now. The fields are so golden, and along those golden edges, there are such beautiful pops of color.
August nature, you've been beautiful.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cepts cukini un tomāti, lai ātri papildinātu maltīti

Ļoti vienkāršs un ātrs veids, kā papildināt "bēšu" maltīti un uzturā iekļaut vairāk dārzeņu.
Sastāvdaļas:
olīveļļa
čili garšvielu skaidiņas (chili flakes), ja ir vēlēšanās
cukini
tomāti

Darba secība:
Pannā uzsilda nedaudz olīveļļas un pieber čili skaidiņas, pakarsē.
Nomazgā cukini un tomātus. Cukini sagriež mazos kubiciņos un liek cepties, ik pa laikam apmaisa.
Tikmēr sagriež gabaliņos tomātus, tad liek uz pannas pie cukini.
Sautē, cik ilgi pats grib. Pieber drusciņ sāli, piparus, un gatavs.

Notes:
Liek klāt visam, kam grib, piemēram makaroniem, kā bildē, vai ēd tāpat.
Man ļoti patīk, ka čili skaidiņas dod tādu labu asumu.

Friday, August 21, 2015

This year's first tomatoes

Here's this year's first tomato harvest from a couple of days ago:
two Golden Bumble Bee cherry tomatoes, and two Yellow Pearshaped tomatoes.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meanwhile, in the woods

Here's a little update on what's happening out in the woods:

there are still quite many wild strawberries to eat, and it looks like this will be a great year for blueberries. There are so many blueberries already, they just need to get sweeter. I also found this juniper bush.
So far, it's been a pretty cold summer, but I love all the light that summer brings. For the past two days, the winds have felt a lot milder, and it's been so nice to go for little strolls around the neighborhood. The light and being outside. Good things.