Friday, June 22, 2012

What to do with my first summer tomato

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Not only is this my first tomato of 2012, it's my first-ever, full-grown, non-stolen, container garden tomato. It's a basic patio tomato breed, and it was hidden under the foliage so I very nearly missed picking it. (Possibly that's how he escaped my neighbors, as well.)

But I did pick him, and then had a photoshoot with him.

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The basil is also from one of my pots, but everyone here has basil. Picking basil helps it grow faster, so if my neighbors wanted to take some basil, they could help themselves with my blessing. (And if anybody needs some mint, please call. My mint is going insane. I think it may annex the pool soon.)

It was pretty exciting to finally get an edible tomato from one of my plants. So what did I do after our photoshoot?

I ate him, of course.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yangrou Chuanr Recipe on The Kitchn

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My recipe for Yangrou Chuanr, the most ubiquitous of Beijing street food, is up on The Kitchn.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream with White Chocolate-Covered Pop Rocks at The Kitchn

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My strawberries are looking a bit tragic this summer. (Despite my best efforts, I am not great with plants.) If yours came out more beautifully, or if you have a taste for strawberry ice cream, I have a new recipe over at The Kitchn for Strawberry Ice Cream with White Chocolate-Covered Pop Rocks.

I love the fizziness of the Pop Rocks in the summer, especially with the white chocolate and the fresh strawberries from the farmers' market. (Because the farmers' market people can grow strawberries better than I can.)

Did you try it? Let me know!