"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer

Picnic champers.
 After some faffing around with various settings on the blog I'm back to publishing it publicly.  I do have a comment moderation on, something I've never done and should have thought of earlier, after all it will let me control content and keep any inappropriate comments off the site.  We aim for The Good Life and we don't want a random bozo here or there upsetting us.
How's your summer going?  We've managed to fulfill our goal of picnics, picnics, picnics.
 We saw these ducks on our way to our favourite picnic spot in Stratford and they won me a bet.  I said "Make Way For Ducklings", and MrBP said "we're not in their way", to which I replied "referencing Robert McCloskey of course", to which MrBP replied "that's not the title".
Hehehe...

Whipping up any quinoa salads lately?

 Laundry is so much more pleasant a task in the summer.  Drying it outside, contemplating the clouds in the sky while pegging it to the line...
Hanging laundry: such a soothing task.
 I don't know why I ever stopped making risotto, it's such a delicious dinner.  My stand-by is mushroom, with some red peppers and maybe parsley chucked in towards the end of cooking.
Risotto fixings. Strawberries and cream for dessert.
 I found an old French asparagus serving dish and it had to come home with me:
Bought it at Pariscope.
 My garden has gone mad this year:
Lovage, which fortunately I harvested before the dry heat set in.
 Anyone else have a fondness for folding tea towels?
How about a refreshing yet filling new potato salad?  Add shallots, lots of lemon juice, capers and steamed green beans and you will have this:


Lunch on the porch.
I'm headed south to my hometown for a bit but please leave a comment, I'll read them and respond when I return.
Be good but have fun too. 
xoxDani

42 comments:

  1. Oh, all your dishes look divine and right up my culinary alley!

    I too had to adjust my blog not because I wanted to, but because Blogger forced me into it by mucking about with the format. I woke up last week and noticed my photos had all been shoved off to the left margin and not centered as is my preference. I thought a virus was on the attack. Glad you figured out your format issues.

    Enjoy your time away and happy summer to you too.

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    1. Thanks CD I've had all kinds of issues including notifications etc, also the email feed gone wild at times sending out notices. Not a tech genius here by any means but hopefully I have it sorted.
      Hope your summer is lovely too xo

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  2. Well there you go...summer seems grand up in Canada while we are literally melting away down here. Gah! It's awful. Love risotto. You may already know, take leftovers, roll in meatball size balls, pan fry and serve with marinara sauce for lunch the next day. We shall be moving the boy next week. The young man hired with him is off to Djibouti, Somolia soon. Sigh...I am still dreaming of London.

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    1. BB well now you know where to head next July. Knew that risotto leftover tip but forgot, so delicious, will do that this week thanks. Good luck with the big move, all of a sudden they are working young men and what a difference isn't it! London would have been excellent but maybe in the future? xo

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    2. And add a small cube of mozzarella inside the ball!

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  3. Quinoa salad is on the menu for the weekend!
    Have a great trip :-)

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    1. K, enjoy, I make that quite a bit and now my hubs says he's "allergic" hehe, but it's so easy with bits of vegetables thrown in. Thanks xo

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  4. Yes the soothing bits of life should be seen by the public Dani! Funny BC I don't hang laundry BC we just don't have a garden but I got such a kick out of doing it in a flat we rented on holiday I was just ur ting anything on the line and it gets addictive. My husband is such a fussy eater he's beaten out a lot of cooking in me but I might do a potato salad today BC it does look gods. Have a great weekend xx

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    1. Naomi thanks. It is addictive even for someone impatient like me I love to take the time pegging things on the line. Picky eaters are very trying on the nerves, hopefully he'll like that potato salad everyone I've met does. xo

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  5. Wonderful summer photos. And I LOVE that asparagus dish. It would have come home with me also!.

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  6. Dani--Good for you for powering through yet another level of technology!

    I know you have family in Atlanta, but I don't think it is your hometown. Is that by any chance your destination? If so, and if you have time for coffee or a drink, do let me know, I would so love to meet you.

    On other notes: all of your recipes here are so up my alley--risotto is the best, so versatile and comforting! And dare I admit that I find a zen moment if folding laundry? Especially those rectangles--napkins, tablecloths, towels of all kinds....

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    1. Nancy we need to channel the zen moments when possible so true! My Dad lives in Atlanta (Alpharetta actually) but our hometown is Amherstburg Ontario, on the Detroit River. Dad was up here visiting this week, we had a memorial for my grandparents. But when I'm in Georgia next I'll email you for sure, would love to meet.:) xo

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  7. So delighted to see your post pop up today--a wonderful Friday treat! My fave quinoa salad is with red grapes and pecans or walnuts and a bit of feta on top--so good! Enjoy your weekend! xo

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    1. T&C House, oh gosh haven't tried that sounds delicious, it's on the menu for this weekend, thank you. :) xo

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  8. what a beautiful post.

    I love the towel folding too x

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    1. Thank you FF, nothing like a stack of folding to calm and give a sense of accomplishment, as you well know. xo

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  9. Hi Dani, we had risotto the other night! I like to roast some cherry tomatoes and put them in, but this time I didn't have any so I used mushrooms and red pepper.

    I learned a new trick for quinoa - usually I'm not too keen on the taste, but you can toast the grains like you would pine nuts etc., then it tastes a bit better, nuttier. Have a lovely time in your home town!

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    1. Patricia I must try that,that would improve the taste, thank you. Risotto has been forgotten in the craze for everything low-carb, to our detriment. ;) We did have a wonderful time thank you, it's so beautiful in Amherstburg. xo

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    2. I should add, toast the quinoa after rinsing but before cooking! x

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  10. Love your asparagus serving dish !!

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  11. Dear Dani,
    I am so pleased you have put the negativity behind you and are managing to be ok with leaving your blog public. Let's not allow those bad vibes affect us and make us hide. Good on you for showing strength and courage!
    Aaahhh!! Love those pretty summer photos. Such a pleasant change to our freezing conditions here. Although, I admit I love those crisp cold misty mornings; but not so much when it drags on for days without a glimpse of sunlight.
    I envy your washing being dried by the sun's rays and summer breezes. I desperately hang mine out for a bit in some sheltered spot, bring them in damp and spread them around the house. I refuse to throw them in the drier. I will not let the cold and damp bring me down with how I manage my laundering!! (lol) And yes seeing beautifully folded linens is part of my therapy. So much so, that I need to press all my linens as well. It has been said that my obsession with ironing is a little odd. :)
    If you don't mind, it would be terrific if you could post a quick recipe on your quinoa salads. Love quinoa - and salad is the best way to have it in my opinion. Always interested in a new combination. Your food always looks so beautiful, healthy and appetising - as does the gorgeous presentation.
    Hope your remaining summer days are relaxing and full of champagne picnics. Enjoy!!
    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you Helen I've struggled with it the last year as you know but in the end this blog helps me to appreciate the beauty and the purpose behind domestic tasks. :)
      Funny I've only just started to enjoy ironing, I changed my location to my husband's dressing room so I have a lovely view of the street but I also use a linen water in the iron for a steam effect ( I cut it with distilled water to make it last). It is very soothing- I get it now!
      Cuddle up with some Brora during these cold days, well done persevering with the laundry drying outside.
      Thanks Helen xo

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  12. I've moderated from the start, mostly because of inordinate amounts of spam, which I seem to get because of the interiors slant of my blog. But also because you get the odd nasty, and it does derail the comments, and they seem to thrive on the attention they get as a result.
    I line dry everything! I rarely use the dryer. In the middle of Winter it doesn't work so well though as it takes the whole day to dry. I have a portable clothes line at the moment (can't wait to finish the garden and put in a fixed one), so I move it into a patch of sun in winter and under our veranda in Summer (the clothes fade otherwise). But I have my indoor hanging laundry maid, which works a treat for the rest of the year. I do feel like I'm constantly pegging and unpegging though!!
    I still use your tea towels that you sent me, and think of you in Canada. Enjoy your Summer dining outdoors xx

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    1. Heidi I don't know why I didn't think to moderate comments before. It's very sensible and it's given me back my "safe happy place" feeling about my blog.
      I can't believe your towels have held up, I'm so happy to hear that, though I think you need a refresh shipment! Mine from that batch have been relegated to the rag basket, but a couple of them did get set on fire, that was the Rascals trying to get used to our gas range after we renovated the kitchen... nervous times they were.
      Your sun is so strong clothes must fade really quickly if they're hanging out directly. It's amazing though the power of the sun on whites though isn't it, nature's bleach.
      Gosh love your laundry room and the indoor line is such a good idea to get you through your winter. xo

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  13. Make way of Ducklings was one of my favourite books! My kids never gravitated to it as I did, however. I'm glad you are back to public blogging. The few turkeys should not ruin all the fun. Enjoy your trip. xo

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    1. Jen so true about The Turkeys, thank you.
      Me too, one of my favourite books though come to think of it all of my kids preferred Blueberries For Sal. But I always told them the story of blueberry picking in Newfoundland with Old Rascal when he was 1.5 years old... picking blueberries on a cliff by the ocean a strange dusty cold smell came to us, an iceberg floating by... amazing!
      xo

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  14. Oh, just found this! I hang my laundry ( except sheets which would not fit) on my porch line; only one in the neighborhood, I regret to say. I love to look out on the water while pegging it! Farro salads-- do you make those as well? So yummy and never get soggy. My favorite kitchen towels are organic linen with various images printed on them-- orange poppies, green ferns, blue mussels are some of the best. I have 2 drawers of linens in my kitchen alone! Had the first new potatoes from the garden tonight, some purple ones and some rose skinned yellow ones. Delicious! Glad you are enjoying your summer!

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    1. Lane a water view would be super deluxe!
      I've heard farro is very good but because it is wheat based I can't eat it, I'm on the celiac diet. But maybe I should cook it for the family because I bet they'd love it.
      Your towels sound so lovely, don't know why but kitchen towels are endlessly pleasing to me folded in stacks and ready to work.
      Gosh bet those potatoes were completely delicious, my local farm box hasn't had them yet but I'm waiting, somewhat impatiently! xo

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  15. The Widow Cliquot joining you for lunch - love that! There's a biography out there on her you might enjoy reading!

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    1. Vava she's always a welcome guest ;) Would love to read a biography on her thanks for that, I'll look it up xo

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  16. Love this post! Yes to Make Way for Ducklings (our old fave and can see it on my book-shelf at the cottage as I read this - weapy actually), yes to salads and evening laundry outdoors! Hope you are enjoying your summer - we do miss Stratford, that was a real highlight and we used to go often. xoxAnna26

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    1. Anna don't books like that bring it all back, imagine the bedtimes with all of the reading aloud, so cozy and lovely. Stratford, it's a real treasure, we're fortunate that the drive is just under an hour for us, I think we have tickets for 6 productions this year? But it's really excellent when we can have a picnic on the river before or after, love that.
      I hope your summer is going really well too xo

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  17. Just got back from a lake holiday. My summer obsession is quinoa with crab, avocado, pink grapefruit, and champagne vinaigrette.

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    1. Hexicon a lake holiday is just the thing, but the so is that salad from the sounds of it! My gosh sounds absolutely delicious. Would go well with the champers I should think! ;) xo

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  18. LTNS! I miss my garden a lot! I rush to the farmers' markets on the weekends and want to buy everything in site.

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  19. Happy to hear you are back. Greetings from Portland, Maine!

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  20. I have never even thought to hang laundry which is utterly pathetic, I just always turn on 'cottons/wash/dry' mode. Love the dress, the cooker, the asparagus dish and the duckies, I own two dish towels and 4 towels, so folding doesn't take long!

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  21. So glad you're back, Dani.
    --Ashley

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  22. Hi Dani,
    I just got back from a trip out of town and noticed that your blog is back up. Welcome back! I've missed your little tidbits of domestic inspiration and beautiful photos. Hope that you are enjoying your summer!

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  23. I am so glad you are back. Love your classy blog and the brief glimpses into your classy yet warm life.

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