Delightful and deliciousPosted: April 25, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Earth, Fire, food, garden, gardening, goals, health, healthful diet, Healthful Living Plan, home, nature, Photography, pond, recipes, Spirit, Spring, Walking, water, weather | Tags: asparagus, flowers, food, garden, nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, spring, Vegetarian, water, wildflowers 39 Comments
‘Tis a gorgeous day here in the Bogs. The sky has been mostly clear and a lovely shade of blue. The sun has been warming and brightening. It seems unusually quiet without the bellowing of the blustery winds. All is calm.
Well, relatively calm in relation to the tempestuousness of the past few days. There is still enough of a breeze here at Breezy Acres to cause a few ripples on the pond.
Moments after I posted yesterday, a long and hard gust of wind came along and finished what earlier winds had started. The garden shed collapsed. We will be rebuilding it, but M has come up with a brilliant idea. We’re going to replace part of it with greenhouse glass panels.
Yesterday I was doing a little catching up and went to visit Kathy where she introduced us to Christina. (To find out more about why, follow that last link.) Christina has a blog called Fruit of Adventure where she shares some delightful (and delicious, judging from the photos and recipes) vegan recipes.
The reason I mention this is because this morning, while out on my walk, I harvested asparagus, brought it back to the house, and made Christina’s Lemony Asparagus Artichoke Pilaf for lunch. The asparagus hadn’t been out of the garden for more than 40 minutes when M and I sat down to eat it. I’m not in the habit of using this acronym, but sometimes it’s suitable: OMG! It was amazing. Fresh, light, delightful, and delicious. If you happen to get your hands on some fresh asparagus, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try.
New asparagus recipes are always welcome. It looks as though we’re going to have a bumper crop of asparagus this year. I was disappointed with it last year, and let it go to fern early. The reason was pretty simple: asparagus beetles. I spent quite a bit of time last summer (hand) picking off the beetles and drowning the little buggers in soapy water in hopes that I wouldn’t have the curling, scarring, and browning that happened last year. It appears to have been worth the effort. The asparagus looks much better this season.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. A cold front is going to move through tonight, but it looks like they’ve taken rain out of our forecast. The air is too dry. No moisture means no rain. That’s too bad. Although we had some nice rain showers over the weekend, the wind managed to dry things out pretty quickly. More rain would be welcome.
Thanks for visiting. If the clouds associated with the cold front don’t move in too early, this might be a good evening to sit on the deck, sip on a glass of wine (or homebrew or something non-alcoholic if you prefer), and watch the sun go down. Sunset is at 8:16pm if you want to join us. Isn’t it wonderful when the days grow longer?
This a is wonderful set of photos!
Thank you, Sandy. 🙂
Ohmygoodness! I am SO glad you met Christina and made one of her recipes. OK, I must get some asparagus and try it, too. Happy, happy. Vegan food is so delicious and she shares some really good food. Happy to have introduced her to fellow healthy food lovers.
Thank you so much, Kathy, for introducing us to Christina. I’ve passed on the link to her blog to several vegan friends. Her food and recipes look so GOOD. 🙂
I love the dandelion photos! They look so delicate and almost other worldly.
Thank you, Kathy M. The dandelions were happy to pose today. 🙂
You have surely been able to capture the feeling of the gorgeous day at the Bog. I particularly like the third last picture. It has such a dreamy mood about it. All the photos were nicely captured and processed.
Thank you so much, Otto. It has been a dreamy kind of day. 🙂
1) The first pic is stunning.
2) The stem with the leaves & berries is excellent.
3) I know you love your land, and just letting you know that I continually enjoy views of the pond.
Thank you, Frank. I understand about the pond. It’s the main attraction. 🙂
Lovely photos as always, Robin! The greenhouse glass panels will be wonderful. Enjoy!
Thank you, Karen. 🙂
You’ve outdone yourself today ( must be the asparagus artichoke pilaf – yummy).The first photo is rich with texture and color – elegant. And that second one: pure magic – could gaze at that for a long time. Great work
I’m sure it was the asparagus artichoke pilaf, PhilosopherMouse. It was very inspiring. 🙂
First, your photos are amazing! Such beautiful composition and colors.
Second, I’m so happy that you tried the Lemony Asparagus Artichoke Pilaf and enjoyed it! It really screams spring because it’s so light and fresh. Also, I’m incredibly envious that you have asparagus growing in your backyard! You probably have an entire garden of vegetables for me to pine after 🙂
Thank you so much, Christina. And thank you for the recipe. My husband thanks you too. He loved it.
I don’t have an entire garden of vegetables just yet. Too early in the season. But soon… 😀
Yay! I’m so glad to hear that your husband enjoyed it as well.
Ah, right…I see that you’re in Ohio so your growing season is just beginning—this was always an exciting time of the year for me when I lived in Michigan. When everything that lay dormant all winter comes alive. Have fun planting your garden!!
I looooooove asparagus! Asparagus and kale are my two favourite vegetables, so I’m more than a little envious of your soon-to-be bumper crop. 🙂 (Also, aren’t Christina’s blogs– both of them– amazing? I was so happy that Kathy shared them!)
My go-to asparagus recipe is super easy. I saute red onion and mushrooms in a splash of teriyaki sauce, then add asparagus and some sprouted peanuts right at the end. It takes all of 7 or 8 minutes to make and is quite filling because of the sprouted peanuts.
I agree, Dana. Both of Christina’s blogs are amazing. I focused in on the food blog because I’m food oriented these days. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies. I’m finally learning to love kale.
Thank you for the recipe. It sounds yummy! I’ll give it a try. 🙂
Awww…you both are just so sweet! Dana, your asparagus recipe sounds so good…it’s 8:37am and you’ve left me craving for this dish. Ha!
I love your first picture of the dandelion especially! Thanks for introducing us to Christina. Her Shaighaied Away idea sounds really cool and that recipe sounds delicious! Have fun on your deck this evening!
Thank you, Cathy. 🙂 I love Christina’s travel ideas too. 🙂
Thanks for your comment, Cathy! I just popped on over to your blog and it sounds like you have quite the adventurous traveling spirit as well! I’ve never been to Korea, but I’d love to go sometime!
Thanks Christina! I actually am now living in Oman and my new blog is http://www.catbirdinoman.wordpress.com I hope you’ll come visit sometime. I can’t wait to hear your adventures of “shanghaied!”
Oh my goodness, Cathy! Oman sounds amazing…I would LOVE to go there! I will certainly let you know if my travels ever land me in those parts. I am going to check out your blog now!
Well, if you ever come this way, let me know… My home is open to guests!! 🙂
How wonderfully welcoming of you! Hmmmm…Oman would be a great place to Shanghai Alex because I think it would take him a while to figure out where he is.
You’re rigth Christina! He would never in a million years think of Oman!!
The dandelion is frame-worthy, no doubt!
I’m totally jealous that you’re going to have a new shed with a greenhouse side…GREEN with envy!!!
Here’s hoping that your (mostly) calm day from yesterday reaches us today…I have HAD IT with this wind!
Thank you, Marie. 🙂
Hopefully things have calmed down for you now. Fair warning: The wind is picking up again here.
Oh, it is so nice to see spring springing in Breezy Acres. And what a great idea– greenhouse + shed. I’ll be back in Wisconsin in a few days– hoing for some great spring weather there, too!
Hopefully spring has sprung in Wisconsin for you, Bo. 🙂
Lovely photos, Robin. Love the lighting on the first dandelion shot, it gives it a warm and soft touch.
Thank you, Gracie. 🙂
Thank you, Tracy. 🙂
The floating leaves make the pond look milky, and I just love the flash of maple colour a the end. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you, Sallyann. 🙂
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