Thursday, August 30, 2012

ALLSAINTS SPITALFIELDS

Now admittedly, I knew and know nothing about this company, but we were in Seattle, being the tourist bums that we are, and low and behold, saw this store in downtown Seattle, in Westlake Center.

I was amazed at interesting store window decorations, so we had to take a look in side. Here's the reveal-


It was obvious as soon as we walked in that this store was about clothing, but I found it interesting that they chose to show the inner workings of the fashion industry by decorating with various elements of the industry. 

Everything from sewing machines, to looms, to spindles...I found it fascinating (can't say I was a fan of their clothes though).









and there you have it- AllSaints Spitalfields

Sunday, August 26, 2012

SUMMER VEGGIE SAUTé

There's something to be said about eating locally and in season. 

Imagine what a difference it would make if we didn't demand that we have anything we hunger for available to us at all times. It could be a big carbon footprint change. Of course if I practiced that I'd never eat a cantaloupe again because it just doesn't grow here.


That said, here's my recent local delight. 

I have a fondness for fresh baby Zucchini and Patty Pan Squash- I like them fresh and raw, but even better, I like them sauteed with a bit of olive oil and butter- and my secret ingredients- pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil.




I roast the pumpkin seeds with a little sea salt just to give them a little punch. They plump up but are still crunchy.


I find if you cut them in thicker bite sized pieces they don't get soggy and have a bit of a crunch to them...so good. 


I just pop them all in a pan with some olive oil and butter, just until brown on both sides- then toss them with the roasted pumpkin seeds.  It is a great accompaniment for just about anything- I love it with a grilled flank steak, but it goes really well with grilled chicken or salmon. I've even served it over couscous or quinoa as a vegetarian dish.

Watch this space for more culinary muse.