Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Green Thoughts

Angeleno's have been experiencing some very unusual weather- extreme temperatures fade to torrents of rain in just a few days.

I feel like I am doing a dance waiting for the perfect conditions to plant in and unable to predict what will come next.  

Ivarene Farms is in a state of transition sporting 10 fresh redwood beds brimming with steaming hot stinking compost.

 Four old timers are still producing acorn, patty pan,butternut squash and little perfect spikey and very delicious persian cukes.

Guarded by old friends

The purchase of things to come-

Beautiful illustrations of what I hope to consume

Let the wild planting begin!

Then watch and wait for things to come.....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Zoku Love

For Violet's birthday last week we gifted her with the Zoku Frozen Pop Maker.  This is the most ingenious little contraption.  Not unlike a  modern ice cream maker you freeze the bottom for 24 hours then pour in your ingredients and within 9 minutes you are enjoying a lovely ice pop.

The clever innovators of this contraption also created little tools that enable the creation of magnificent works of food art.

She began quite simply by juicing oranges from our tree and pouring them in the mold - then when they were slightly frozen she extracted the middle with a special mini- baster like tool and imbibed them with silk creamer to creating a gorgeous, decadent  creamcycle.

For my frozen pop Millie juiced local lemons and limes from our neighbors tree then we added some sugar, grated ginger and our cucumbers.  A little more sophisticated and just as fun.