Hello. Daiku and I are going to take a stroll to our co-op to pick up some stuff for dinner- care to join us?
First we have Señor Squirrel, a little guy that comes up to our porch and eats the snacks that he has gathered around our back yard.
I love our neighborhood. It's a very laid-back, diverse, and liberal place full of old houses. (Our house was built in 1927- happy 80th birthday!) One thing I never noticed, though, is this strange tree up the block with a giant hole in it!
Oh... try to ignore the changing leaves. According to the calendar, at least, it's still summer.
Then, we stumble upon a neighbor's yard with some beautiful flowers. Because the sun is setting, the most amazing light is hitting these flowers, giving them an almost otherworldly presence. I assure you, I didn't retouch these photos in any way- the colors are all Mother Nature's!
O.k., we're home! That didn't take very long, since the co-op is only 4 or 5 blocks away.
Here's what we're having for dinner- please stay and join us if you can:
It's Spaghetti with Spinach and Mushrooms from the Vegetarian Times. Here's a link to the recipe. When I saw this recipe, I just knew I had to make it because the combination of flavors (harissa, garlic, saffron) and the different technique (toasting the spaghetti in the oven before cooking it) sounded so interesting!
I really liked the results- the spaghetti had such a unique flavor from being toasted. This is something I'm going to experiment with in the future. The overall taste of the dish, though, was a bit bland. I would consider jacking up all the flavors next time.
Notice that I tried to duplicate the magazine's photo of the dish in my version. Not as easy as it looks, I find!
Thanks for taking a late-summer's walk with us around the 'hood. Hopefully we can do it again soon!