3.23.12 Weekend Update: Jiggety Jig

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photos by gluttonforlife
Home again, home again. As much as I love to travel, sometimes I think coming home is the best part. Especially when the transition from balmy Hawaii to balmy New York is so smooth. (Minus the jet lag, of course.) Our trip to the Big Island was extraordinary, and I plan to tell you all about it, but I hit the ground running and have not yet had a chance to sort through all the photos, much less my thoughts. So that's for next week. For now, a few glimpses of spring's first signs—it's arrived fast and furious in these parts—and links to some of my latest discoveries. I'm chomping at the bit to start foraging and have a long list of wild edibles I'm determined to find this season. By the way, I've missed you madly and realize all over again what a wonderful creative and social outlet this blog is for me.
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the trillium are here
I'm excited to report that two trillium I planted last year have poked through the old pine needles and are making their gorgeously mottled green debut! I'll definitely show you again once they're further along.
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not boring at all
The hellebores add a quiet drama to the garden early on, opening broad flat flowers in striking greens and purples. I plan to stock up on a bunch more this year as these are so pretty and reliable.
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The rhubarb is the first thing to spring up in the vegetable garden, although over-wintered scallions made it through and lovage, collards and anise hyssop are also making a tentative appearance.
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wild thing
Garlic mustard (above) and nettles are just beginning to show in wet fields, and asparagus and Japanese knotweed won't be far behind. I can't wait to start feasting on the wild tastes of spring! A few of these soft garlic mustard leaves will add a sharp pungency to salads. I also like to make a pesto with it.
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road food
I brought a bunch of these kale chips on vacation and they were devoured by our crew of ravenous volcano hikers. Although I like to make my own kale chips, I must admit these are super-crunchy and slathered with addictive nut and spice mixtures in flavors like spicy miso, Bombay ranch (insane) and sea salt and vinegar. New York magazine called them "Doritos for health nuts," and they are not wrong. Order them here.We drank oodles of coconut water when we were in Hawaii, and this is good stuff available here.If these won't inspire you to get into the garden, I don't know what will. (You know I have a leather fetish.)More ceramics porn. Have I mentioned how much I love stoneware??Blog LOVE. Also this one, again. And this one, always.Consider this for your next charitable donation.I would dye for you. More on my latest obsession soon.Marvel at these twin sisters and their rad embroidery skills.Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo


Ah, so that's what you do with garlic greens - other than exorcise them from the garden. Will have to try them in a pesto, and I look forward to following your foraging adventures this spring. Welcome home!
Claiborne on March 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm —
The earlier the better, Claiborne--they can be pretty strong! Nettles, too, are good for pesto and soup, of course. xo
laura on March 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm —
...missed you, Laura! I hope you feel refreshed and hopeful. Your photos are awesome, and I REALLY LOVE THOSE LEATHER APRONS. YUM. By the way, did you hear any gorgeous slack key guitar music? It was featured in The Decendents movie. The soundtrack introduces you to the original recordings. It soothes and comforts my heart, especially a selection by Keola Beamer and George Winston, called Kalena Kai. Okay, back to reading your wonderful prose!
Susan Kallenbach on March 27, 2012 at 11:03 am —
Thanks, Susan! Most of the good trip photos are by George as I somehow can't manage to focus on the experience and the camera at the same time. We did not hear any live music in Hawaii; there really wasn't much opportunity to go out. But I did see The Descendants, so I know what you mean! We had to settle for being soothed and comforted by the silence, interrupted only by the wind, the waves and the birds...
laura on March 27, 2012 at 11:53 am —
Welcome home. We leave for Hawaii in a couple months and am really looking forward to it. And I agree that in many ways, the best thing about traveling is coming home. Love the photos on the blogs you linked to about. Just stunning.
The Wimpy Vegetarian on March 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm —
Thanks, Susan! I hope you will make it to the Big Island, although I'm sure the rest are just as beautiful.
laura on March 29, 2012 at 2:58 am —