Friday, August 17, 2012

THE GARBANZO BEAN AND THE ASPARAGUS

Here's a little story about the garbanzo bean and the asparagus getting together with the ever fresh and tasty goat cheese- a little pictorial to make your taste buds kick you in the head and tell you to go get some and make it.

 A friend and I took a trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle where I saw for the first time what a garbanzo bean looks like in the pod. Who knew? I've only seen them in the can. I was intrigued and ask the veggie seller what he did with them (I was thinking hummus). Here's what he suggested- it is too easy.

These photos along with some olive oil and sea salt are all you need to savor this tasty little side dish. By the way, the goat cheese I was using is from our lovely neighbor Rachael at Mystery Bay Farm (well, it is really from her goats, not her).

these little beans were kind of hairy and that was a little freaky at first

and shelled they are hard and look like little brains- again, a little freaky

dump them in a pan with some olive oil and raw, cut asparagus

saute until tender

enter the really good stuff- crumbled chèvre

a pinch or a dash of a mellow salt

and you're good to go
So to recap- fresh garbanzo beans, fresh asparagus, olive oil, a mellow sea salt, some creamy chèvre- and all is right in the world. Off to make dinner, I have made myself hungry.




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

COLLECTIONS CAFE

OK, I said I'd post more about Chihuly (remember the piece on the Glass Gardens?) Well, there's more to the story. There's a cafe on the premises called Collections.


And guess what? It's about collections- Dale Chihuly's collections as a matter of fact. There are things on walls, tables, and ceiling. Each table hosts a different collection, from transistor radios to fishing gear, to antique silver ashtrays...the list goes on and on...

Here's a sampling of some of the stuff I saw there. I tell ya, I could have kicked everyone out and just spent a couple of hours taking photos of all the cool stuff.



a tad unnerving having these hang over your head




eerily cool


the guy has a thing for accordians



lovely wall art


you know, the food was pretty good too

I have a really nifty collection of salt and pepper shakers, maybe that's why I thought all the stuff there was so cool. 

If you get a chance to hit the Seattle Center- don't forget to see the Chihuly Gardens and check out Collections Cafe for a little bit of craziness. Tell 'em Paula sent ya!