Herbs and Dinner

June 26th, 2007

Cafe Flora Cookbook

A very tasty, upscale vegetarian restaurant here has published a cookbook with ALL of their menu inside. I don’t think they’ve left a tasty niblet off. Everything look delicious in the book and, surprisingly, most don’t call for Martha-sized ingredient lists. They seem rather simple, until you read the 2-page long recipe that follows. Man, are these complex! I’m ready to take a stab at it… soon.

Potted Herbs

I planted some potted herbs to enjoy this summer. Gardening in Seattle is very different from gardening in Kansas, where I was born. It’s June 26 and yesterday I wore a light sweater and a coat and had to wear winter socks to bed. It’s warm (and I say warm, not hot) for about 2, maybe 2.5 months every year, which makes for a very short growing season. The tomatoes don’t usually ripen until late August. I felt like I had put my plants out a little late, but really it’s been so cold. Did you know few people have air conditioners here? I haven’t even used a fan yet this summer. The very first summer I lived here, I vividly remember the newscast interrupted regular programming to tell people to stay indoors, drink lots of water, don’t move too much–because it was 99 degrees. Breaking news! I love heat and summers and warm, freckled skin laying in cool grass. Thankfully, it’s supposed to be nice today–80!– and I have the day off. I hear the beach calling my name.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amanda  |  June 26th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    I just about cried when I read the recipe for Cheesy Grits. They have heavy cream :-( No wonder they taste so good!!! Cafe Flora may be vegetarian but they aren’t low fat!

  • 2. Amber  |  June 26th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    That cookbook looks like one for my collection! Yummy…

  • 3. Stacia  |  June 26th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    I received this book for Christmas from my hubby, and we’ve yet to cook anything from it! Toasting and grinding is involved in a lot of the simpler recipes…we just never feel like doing it with the boys still so young. It still is my favorite restaurant though. =)

  • 4. *karen  |  June 26th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    It’s 95 degrees here but I suspect southwest heat is different from northwest heat…and that cookbook is making my stomach growl.

  • 5. Marcelle  |  June 27th, 2007 at 9:41 am

    If it’s any consolation, I’m sitting at the computer on the other side of the state (Spokane) wearing my husband’s fleece vest and drinking a hot cup of tea. Maybe I have bad circulation… ;)

    I’ll have to check out that cookbook. Do tell if you have any luck with it.

  • 6. Chara Michele  |  June 27th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Such different weather from here where it has been in the 90′s for the last month! In some ways I think I might prefer the temps that you have right now:)

  • 7. Blair  |  July 10th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Well Dacia, it seems to finally be warming up around here, huh? I love that restaurant and didn’t know about the cookbook, so I’m off to further investigate! Stay cool!

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