Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 random things



















Inspired to play along by Erin of bluebirdbaby, here are 10 random things:

1. I'd rather be too cold than too hot.

2. Popcorn is one of my most favorite foods.

3. I don't have (and don't want) a cell phone.

4. I'm good at splitting firewood.

5. I have been a bookworm all my life.

6. I'm a healthy eater (and pescatarian of 22 years) but I have a serious weakness for cupcakes.

7. My first concert was Mötley Crüe. (Yes, seriously. Followed by Van Halen and then on to a long and winding road of Grateful Dead shows!)

8. My seaside home is only 500 square feet. 

9. I'm good at keeping secrets.

10. I own a ridiculous amount of shoes and there are still more I want. (It's awful and excessive, I know!)


Oh, and those two up top? They are the king and queen of our little house: Henri on the left, and Miss Hazel on the right. They are the sweetest.

Anyone else want to play along? Add your list to the comments or a link to your blog!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

sale!





































Time for some spring cleaning. I just added lots of new items to the sale section of the shop - check it out! 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

lately


































































































A smattering of photos taken recently as spring unfolds all around us. Blossoms everywhere, tender young nettles up and ready for the soup pot, garden work beginning, beach walks, rain, sun, rain, sun and rainbows. How can you not love spring?!

ADDENDUM: Upon further thought there is one thing I might not love about spring: allergies. Ugh.




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

shop update






































Restocking the shop with lots of new vintage goodness today! Find it here.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

postcards



























Late last summer I captured this photo of a dragonfly resting on my hand. Technically speaking, it's not a perfect photo, but I love it anyway. I had been pondering for a long while about making some of my photos into postcards, and chose this one to give it a try. I am happy with how they turned out and have just listed them in my shop



























I kept the backside simple so there's plenty of room for writing your message. The card stock is a nice 220lb weight and the photo has a beautiful sheen to it. Look for them here.

Oh, and Happy Spring to you all!



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

sleeping lemons





























Sometimes I'm a bit slow on the draw. Case in point: salt preserved lemons. I heard about these a long while back, and considering how simple they are to put together, you'd think I'd have made them by now. Well, the other day when I saw beautiful Meyer lemons at the store, I knew the time had come.

From what I gather, this method of preserving lemons is traditional to Morocco where they are called l'hamd marakad, which translates to "sleeping lemons." In French they are citrons confits. By whatever name you choose, they are used as a condiment alongside all sorts of dishes, and as a tangy, salty ingredient in others. I just know they're going to find their way onto the plate when we make Indian meals like dal, where they'd offer a twangy kick much like traditional mango or lime pickle. I could also see them adding a serious boost of flavor to hummus.






























The method for making these is simple and requires only three things: a clean jar with an airtight lid, kosher or sea salt and lemons. Start by giving your lemons a good scrub, especially if they are not organic. Cut off both the stem and pointy end, then cut the lemon in half. Next, cut the halves into quarters, but not all the way through, so they are still connected. Sprinkle a thin layer of salt in the bottom of your jar and drop in the first half-lemon, peel side down. 
































Sprinkle a generous layer of salt over the top of the lemon, and then with a muddler pack the lemon down into the jar, squeezing out as much juice as you can. Continue adding each half in this way, salting between each layer. When you've added every last one, top off the jar with another layer of salt and a final press with the muddler. Ideally the juice should reach to top of the uppermost lemon.





























Now is when they live up to their name "sleeping lemons." They need to sit for 3 to 4 weeks until their rinds become soft enough to cut easily with a fork. Here is the part where you'll have to use your own judgement. Traditionally, salt preserved lemons are allowed to sit in a cupboard the entire time, with only an occasional shake to disturb their rest. Once they have reached the perfect state of softness, they are refrigerated where they will keep for six months or longer. More conservative folks like to refrigerate their lemons after a short 3-day run in the cupboard. Me, I'm going to live dangerously and let my lemons have a good long sleep on the shelf. I've made a lot of kimchi in my day and haven't killed anyone yet, so I'm going to take my chances! 

I can't wait to try these and am already dreaming of ways to use them. Has anyone else out there made these before? What are your favorite ways to use them? 

p.s. I made mine with this sea salt.