It’s rare that I eat beets without the fresh and bright contrast of citrus. They complement each other so well! For this salad, the magical duo is joined by crisp fennel with its cool anise flavor. To add even more brightness, the dish is finished with fresh lemon and mint. It’s the perfect uplifting cure for those winter doldrums! This salad was truly a local affair as the beets and fennel came from my CSA, the orange from a neighbor’s tree, and the mint from my backyard. You can find this recent collaboration with Loam Agronomics over on their blog.
I’ve been pondering comfort food this past week. In times of despair, stress, sadness, or post-hurricane cleanup, there are typically things we turn to for a bit of comfort and support. So I sat down and thought a bit about what brings me solace in difficult times. The answer was simple, and a tad obvious if you know me…
…baked goods 🙂
It goes beyond the taste and enjoyment of them. It delves deep into both my personal and family history. From the bakery run by my ancestors to my recent small scale bakery operation to the goodies enclosed in tupperware accompanying my grandmother’s every visit. Homemade baked goods mean joy and love. They bring a smile to my face and elicit that sort of half-closed eye feeling of delicious bliss.
This past week I relied on the humble muffin for a bit of comfort. I decided to riff on these cashew butter blueberry muffins from the archives using some sunbutter and yellow plums. Each muffin is like a little beacon of happiness bursting with toasty sunflower seed butter and pockets of jammy plums. Orange zest perfumes them with a little brightness and vanilla makes them nostalgic. Simple yet so effective.