Pesto Yes or No ?

Pine nuts, garlic, freshly grated Parmesan, olive oil and a couple of cups of basil leaves whirled in the food processor. To me it tasted like summer.

The Harvie farm box arrived on the front porch today. When I unpacked it, it was the fragrant basil that motivated me to think of pesto.

Pesto- yes or no?

Pesto tossed on spaghetti.
Bottom right corner. Fresh basil

Asparagus Yes or No?

A sure sign of Spring

When I was visiting family in Berlin, we went around the corner to Kiez Eis . It was there I tasted Spargel Eis in but I did not order a whole ice cream cone of that flavor. We visited the Spargel Capital in Germany where mounds of earth covered the stalks so the asparagus was white instead of green.

And wondering why urine smells after you eat asparagus? This article from the Cleveland Clinic explains it.

The Last Package of Lebkuchen

When I got to Laura’s house there were three packages of Lebkuchen by the guest bed. My daughter knows me well. These are from Germany.

Unfortunately, Oscar the dog got one package and ate some (no ill effects even though he got a chocolate covered one)

but he didn’t get my favorite kind.

I just opened it tonight. One a day for six days and then will have to wait until next Christmas

Kind of a soft gingerbread with a blend of spices, nuts and peel, not too sweet.

Lots of Lebkuchen links below

Lebkuchen ice cream in Berlin

Lebkuchen ice cream at home

Aunt Rhea’s Recipe post from her mother’s father.

Friends in Florida and Massachusetts Bake Aubt Rhea’s Lebkuchen recipe a double guest blog

Annual Lebkuchen Baking

And if you want to experiment with different recipes here’s the blend of Lebkuchen spices

A Sweet Gift

Honey. Harvested by Cougar Canyon Apiary in Malott WA. Extracted with no heat.

A wonderfully sweet gift from my brother David and his wife Carolee. Thank you

I believe toast in the morning will be on the menu so I can sample this golden treat.

How do you use honey?

Three Types of Apples

Three different types of apples, peeled and chunked and cooked on the stove top to make applesauce -nothing added, just apples. Last farm box delivery had three bags of apples. A lot of apples.

Trying for one continuous strip of peel for the entire apple