I had a lovely dinner last night with a few good friends. Most of what I served came from my garden, and I can not tell you how satisfied this makes me.
I made a beautiful salad of mixed greens (red and green lettuces, mizuna, cress, arugala, purple basil), nasturtiums, lemon cucumbers, Sun Gold and San Marzano tomatoes, and baby red salad onions.
For the main course, I hand rolled egg noodle fettucini and made a fresh batch of basil pesto, then sauteed a couple of summer squash. I have been harvesting a bag of basil leaves twice a week and making batches of pesto for the freezer (and to eat, and to give away, and to sell on DibSpace).
For dessert, I pulled out a recipe I have used many times from one of Martin Yan's Chinese cookbooks. It is a recipe for egg custard tarts. They are easy to make, and don't require any special ingredients. They are simply little rounds of pastry crust (which I make in the cuisinart in under a minute), pressed into muffin tins and filled with a mixture of:
2/3 cup sugar melted into 2/3 cup warm water,
4 beaten eggs,
a teaspoon of vanilla,
and 1/3 cup of half & half
(his recipe uses canned evaporated milk)
They are baked at 300 degrees for about 35 minutes. We ate them with blueberries and strawberries.
Well, today is another scorcher (predicting 96 degrees), and since it is my birthday today, I am allowing myself to have a lazy day. I am still in bed, laying between two fans on high speed, watching PBS's "Frontier House" documentary, eating my zucchini bread, and reading, "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way." Eventually I will get moving and do something... maybe go for a swim at the local pool, or stick my feet in the cooler that I set up downstairs with ice water in it.
I hope that if you are reading this from the hot weather of the Pacific Northwest, you stay cool!