I am always on the quest for the perfect pie – the holy grail of baking.
We started several projects this week. And with each project the answer seemed to be … A glass jar.
Food Gifts from Santa Cruz
(A list of our favorite tips for traveling with a camera is included at the end of this blog) One of the highlights of visiting Paris is lunch at Au Pied de Cochon – the perfect Parisian brasserie.
I really want to be able to have dessert, even when I am trying to eat healthy. It doesn’t have to be ooey gooey, but it does have to look good and taste really good. These melon balls with just a touch of mint simple syrup were elegant and delicious. A little mint from the herb garden made the syrup easy, and the cantaloupe from the farmer’s market were fantastic. Proving that a dessert doesn’t have to have a ton of calories to be a hit. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD COMMERCIAL USE.
Inspired by the Seinfeld episode “Top of the Muffin to You”, I decided to try baking just the muffin tops. Not so impressive looking, since they look a lot like cookies, but the almonds on top definitely put them over the “top”.
After a trip to the farmer’s market, we made old fashioned carrot salad, but gave it an update. The homemade mayonnaise with lime and ginger gave it an asian flair, so instead of raisins we topped it with poppy seeds, which looked perfect with the spaghetti cut on the carrots. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD COMMERCIAL USE.
Tony made Thai green curry from scratch, toasting and then grinding all the spices with a mortar and pestle. We even grew the Makrut lime ourselves for the leaves and zest. The sticky rice was steamed in an authentic Thai basket used for just this purpose. The flavors were so bright the curry was unlike anything we have had in a restaurant.