Oregon Trip

Fun In Portland

Ok, this is (1 month) old news by now, but I really wanted to post a couple of pictures from my trip to Portland last month.  Went to visit a friend I hadn’t seen in over 20 years and had a fabulous weekend.

The Portland Farmers Market is incredible. 

   

We picked up some beefy asparagus to try this new recipe for Grilled Asparagus Rafts which was easy to make and tasted amazing.  We picked up a few other things, had some great pita’s for lunch there at one of the stands and then  grabbed a basket of strawberries…the sweetest, most perfect strawberries…for dessert.  Well for our first dessert, that is.  For our second dessert we shared a vegan, gluten-free lemon tart from Petunia’s  (also completely amazing)

We also took a stroll through the Rose Garden and…

 

…the Portland Japanese Garden

 

…stopped in at the Audubon Society to say hello to the birds…

…fell in love with Hazel, the Northern Spotted Owl who was out for some fresh air and sunshine when we arrived…did some shopping along 23rd Ave…..ate more yummy food at a little mexican restaurant there…

…got to meet Lin’s two beautiful, smart and talented daughters…

And it was beautiful sunny weather all weekend!  What more could a girl want?

Today’s words of wisdom:

“Don’t trust anybody who’d rather be grammatically correct than have a good time”   – Tom Robbins

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Hello World!

Kev’s Birthday 2010

First post ever!  Tah daaaahhhh!  Kevin and I have planned to get up way early tomorrow for a five-mile walk on the levee, before it gets unbearably hot and humid.  I’m hoping 6am will do it, but there’s no telling lately. 

Cucumbers, beans, crookneck squash, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil coming out my ears now.  Hardly have to buy food anymore!

Oh, and speaking of food!……………………

Tunisian Orange Cake

This is the Tunisian Orange Cake I made for Kevin’s birthday.  It’s gluten-free, just by chance.  I had some not-so-yummy gluten-free bread I wanted to use up on something where the texture wouldn’t be a problem.  As it happens, it worked out very well in my test run, last week.  It was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had.  Seriously.    It actually has no flour other than whatever flour there might be in the relatively small amount of bread crumbs the recipe calls for.   The rest is basically almond meal, sugar, oil, eggs and orange and lemon zest.  Then the whole thing is drenched in a syrup made from sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon and cloves.   This is obviously not diet food but it’s worth every calorie for a special occasion.   Served it with a little greek yogurt and the result was, well “Yum”.

Today’s words of wisdom

“There are only two mantras, yum and yuck, mine is yum.” — Tom Robbins

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