Once a year – and once is enough – we end up at Burgerville for the onion rings.. and usually a milkshake. The big sweet onions make amazing fried goodness!!
So the day went like this: breakfast at Toast – can’t go wrong with the Big Ass Sandwich, some time tending the garden, the OK City finals of American Ninja Warrior, pickup party at Colene Clemens, a stop at a new winery that’s been in the list forever – Domaine Serene, the Burgerville and home.
Picked up some awesome rosé at DS! They had a classic car show on for the evening so we took a peak at some amazing modern and vintage cars – the Spyder 918 belonged to the owners son at a price of @ $850k! Damn! And it was one of three!!
I must have been hypnotized.. Paul was talking about this race that’s so popular you enter a lottery to get in and then I was looking at the web site and there were only 4 spots left and then I reached for a credit card and signed up! Really??
And THEN I read the FAQs.. My decision was clearly driven by scarcity – 4 spots, must act now! – and not common sense. The good news is I’ll have 6 hrs to go just under 16 miles – and given the 4450 ft of elevation gain, I may need every minute of it!!
Not that there are 2 tomatoes in it, but rather two types of tomato – both from our garden. Onion, spinach, feta, and early girl and chocolate cherry tomatoes on top.
More planning for our trip to southern France – we have an all-day private winery tour and then 2-day city passes to explore Aix and the surrounding area. There have been wildfires near Marseilles this week, so hopeful that’s not an issue by the time we get there. Looking forward to an adventure!
City Pass: http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/destination/preparer-votre-sejour/pass-touristique/
Wine Tour: http://www.wineinprovence.com/provence-wine-tour/chateauneuf-du-pape/
Luberon Villages Tour: https://www.viator.com/tours/Aix-en-Provence/Luberon-Villages-Day-Trip-from-Aix-en-Provence/d5228-5849LUBERONMARKET
Summer heat + no a/c makes cooking and baking a challenge. An outdoor kitchen is a natural solution! We bought a cheap grill and moved the toaster oven out on to a rickety board-on-tv tray setup, but decided to kick it up a notch! Still semi-permanent and in no way gourmet, but should be functional year-round!
Thanks to our 2 years worth of experience growing squash in Oregon, we recognized and addressed the powdery mildew on our patty pan plants immediately! Whew – that crisis averted! Now there’s the blossom end rot nonsense to worry about.. It looks like we’ll basically lose all of the first fruit from our roma plant and some from the heirloom plant as a result. Apparently it was caused by abnormally cool temps that hit right when the plant was starting to fruit and there’s really nothing to be done about it. We have more, healthy fruit coming along – sad to see how much we would have had..
Looking for a new way to use the summer squash, so I decided to try the lasagna with squash for noodles. A bit more work than I expected, but seems like a good dish! Left out the meat, but added a little fresh oregano, red pepper, and a cup of red wine to the sauce. Also only used 2 cups of mozzarella – but that was because I read the recipe wrong! Augmented with a little extra parm..
Stopped into Orange Line Wines (http://www.orangelinewines.com/) for the first time – just opened this month – and met the owners. They provided great suggestions for wines similar to what we’ll find in southern France next month. We had the lovely rose with a dinner of grilled squash, potato/mushroom raclette bake, and an amazing fennel, arugula, citrus salad with an orange vinegarette.. I added shaved pecorino and marcona almonds to the salad.
We’re harvesting vegetables almost every day. We’ve grilled a batch of pedron peppers and both kinds of squash, the beans are producing like crazy – we’ll end up with two more pounds before they’re done – and I incorporated quite a few jalapenos into a new flavor of quiche – onion, corn, spinach, jalapeno with a blend of mexican cheeses.
The tomatoes on the deck are so close to ready! We’ve started getting small amounts of the little marble-sized, orange flavor bombs.. The chocolate cherry and early girls are about to really kick into high gear! We see lots of fruit on the roma and heirloom plants below, but they’re quite a ways behind.
Finally invited some of the neighbors and friends over for wine! We’re working up to the open house we’ve been promising – decided to start a little smaller and see how it would go. Everyone had a lovely time and we all stayed up later than we should have on a work night.. Looking forward to the next!
John & Cynda, Chris & Aimee, Lee & Kathy, and Bart..
At least 3 adults knew the plan was to go to the Oaks Bottom Park on Monday. And we’re 0 for 3 in number of adults who bothered to look at the days of operation on the park web site. Drat.
Luckily when the happy wanderers returned from their sojourn to Vancouver (BC) and Seattle, they were happy to just walk down to Sellwood Park for live music (Edna Vazquez – velvety, Latin pop with folkloric roots) and a hotdog.. Enjoyed skipping some stones on the Willamette, picking blackberries on the way home, and hearing tales of the bridge project.