the poppy, so simple and yet an elegance unparalleled. paired with a locally made heath ceramics vase & an unexpected piece of studio pottery that reminds me of the gnarled tough bark of an old tree; an interesting contrast to the effervescent, crepe paper like poppy. enjoy, and happy friday!
this weekend was on of the busiest ive had in a very long time & there wasnt even a wedding, well not one i was working on at least.
the two types of clay used at heath – a lighter and a darker base clay, rolled out in slabs and ready to be turned into beautiful objects.
many of the original designs first created by edith heath (who also went to the san francisco arts institute, where i did my masters!) are still in production today, a tribute to her vision and the beauty of her work.
cottage farm is 2 today. i cant believe it! i first opened the store to help me with the material expenses of grad school and since i graduated last year cottage farm has become a full time endeavor for me. thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, it has been at times challenging but also very rewarding. i hope the next two years are as much fun as these have been.
recently ive been thinking about the work of laura letinsky. i attended a lecture of hers about a year ago and ive been rolling her images over in my mid alot as of late.
beautiful to look at – soft but striking pallets and lots of little details to captivate.
a little chardonnay for this wednesday. the cameron hughes 2009 los carneros chardonnay pairs perfectly with this farm fresh salad. i really loves wines from the carneros region of napa. this white has a warm buttery profile as you would expect from a chardonnay with lovely creamy flavors of vanilla and pineapple with the right amount of toasted oak flavor, not too much. what i especially liked about this chardonnay is the unexpected, slightly citrusy burst at the end. its truly delightful and just picks up the whole in-your-mouth experience so beautifully.
its really is a nice little wine and at around 15$ a bottle, its perfect for the upcoming summer salad and seafood season. i be it would also pair so well with mussels or grilled prawns.
its spring in california and produce is amazing at the moment. such a treat after a very long winter of dark greens, lots of dark leafy greens.
i pretty much pulled all of my favorites together for this dish. pea tendrils, asparagus, mint & citrus.
serves 2 or 4 if used as a starter salad.
shaved asparagus salad.
1 bunch of asparagus, shaved. ** see note.
1 lemon, juiced. use about 3/4 of the juice and add more if needed.
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp corse ground salt
1 tbsp evoo
8 or so mint leaves,sliced into ribbons.
a few needles of rosemary very finely minced
combine all ingredients in a bowl and let stand. stirring occasionally
soft boil eggs 1 -2 per person depending upon desire.
place eggs in a sauce pan and cover with water. turn on high heat. when water just comes to a boil, turn off heat and cover immediately. let stand 5 minutes exactly. rinse under cold water and peel. it should be just soft boiled.
wilted pea tendrils.
1 bunch of pea tendrils, washed and chopped aprox 1.5″ to remove the woody ends.
1 head and stalk of green garlic.
in a large saute pan over low heat sweat green garlic. aprox 5 minutes then add prepared pea tendrils. turning constantly until just wilted. 3-4 mins. turn off pan and let stand until ready to serve.
i suggest turning on the eggs and starting pea tendrils wilting at the same moment.
to plate, place wilted pea tendrils down in a shallow bed, top with asparagus salad and halves of soft boiled eggs.
serve with crusty baguette, fresh goat cheese and a crisp white wine.
with a veggie peeler. start about mid way down the stalk and shave around the stalk until it just falls off. this creates a nice variance of texture. repeat closer to the tip. saving just the tips for added contrast.
these interiors all seem to remind me of a tucked away country home & the velvet effortlessly adds qualities of a more relaxed, lived in vibe, something im quite fond of. while avoiding feeling too formal or fussy. which is what i normally equated with velvets. im not sure how well velvet would sit in my san francisco apartment however. does the fairly temperate climate really suit such a material?
images. stylemadesimple, emmasdesignblog, canadian house&home, (final 2) simon upton