A Perfectly Summery Sunday
Gosh, what a lovely weekend, huh? I can’t remember a summer with nicer weather than we’ve had this year – warm, dry, I’m really trying to savor every minute of it. Man, when it so chooses, Minnesota quite RAWKS. Nice.
I opened the rawkness with an uncharacteristic bit of baking, motivated by my lovely CSA blueberries. Blueberry muffins, in fact, basically crazy-good. Yeah, warm muffins, plenty of French Roast (decaf, I’m a wuss), nice start to the day.
Post-muffin(s), it was high time for a lovely, sweaty walk, today ’round Lake of the Isles, through Lowry Hill, along Mount Curve, and through Kenwood Park. Just…gorgeous. (Mos def topped my buggy, humid walk through the usually lovely Clifton French Regional Park on Wednesday, OMG, I was flat-out attacked by gnats and biting flies, OUCH!)
My stinky self stopped off at Whole Foods on the way home and ran into Debbie and Stu The Wine Genius – they were picking up dinner ingredients after paddle-boarding on Lake Calhoun. (Dinner at their house next weekend, by the way, with Rudy& Ana, yays!)
But just a family dinner here at the hacienda tonight, so I picked up a roasting chicken, loads of naan (flat bread, the kids go crazy for it), and baba ganoush (the Whole Foods brand is particularly tasty). I roasted the chicken on the grill with my faboo Weber roaster, grilled the naan (spritzed with a bit of olive oil spray and sprinkled with a pinch of Kosher salt), grilled CSA veggie sharezucchini (sliced thin, same treatment as the naan), and tossed together a quick salad of tomatoes (from my own pots! Finally!), cukes, onions, artichoke hearts, and roasted red pepper. In other words – a Mediterranean feast, more than I had even planned. I didn’t quite know where to start when I faced my plate – so many favorites, so little time!
Heck, not even bat guano could distract me from digging in (we have a couple of bats who’ve taken up residence in our oft-closed shade umbrellas – seriously gross when you pop the umbrella and guano showers down on the table. Uh, yuck. But that’s what shopvacs are for – that and disinfectant kitchen sprays, shiver).
Post-Whole Foods, pre-cooking dinner, I snuck in a little time at the pool with John and Nathan. Hot sun, cool water, a spooky book (Ghostwalk, by Rebecca Stott), all good. And what is it about a pre-dinner shower on a hot day? So decadent. Best if warm-not-hot, fragrant (Molton Brown Energising Seamoss, smells like the ocean), quick, no fuss. Followed by a sun dress, swipe of Chanel Glossimer, spritz of Annik Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien, ready to cook! Little al fresco dining, blogging, call it a day…
Moderate it: I think olive oil spray is one of the greatest inventions ever. I used it to grease the muffin tins for this morning’s blueberry muffins and to oil the naan, chicken, and sliced zucchini before salting and roasting them this evening. Low-calorie, tasty, effective – virtually indispensable.
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