mars 30, 2004

Mâche

Clumsy photo of transplanted Mâche...


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mars 27, 2004

Sunset

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Rain And Fog

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mars 21, 2004

More Herbs

Indoor herbs awaiting spring.


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Lavender and Arp Rosemary in outdoor planter.


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New Herbs

Yesterday we went to T. DeBaggio Herbs to restock for the spring and we came back home with Turkish Thyme, Santolina, Mache (for foie gras salads, among other things), chervil, shungiku, various rare forms of thyme and after a delightful discussion with the man himself, a remarkably perfumed Provençal Thyme, and an Elfin Thyme with the tiniest leaves that looks like a little mat of baby tears. He still has the best selection of unusual and beautifully raised herbs in our area. They all will need to be hardened before they can be planted out in the wild climate of our 12th floor northwest balcony.


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The chives are already returning in spite of the snow and icy rain of this last winter. We don't know if any of our other herbs have survived.

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mars 16, 2004

Bavardage

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Foie Gras Finition

Last night we unpacked, cleaned for one last time then served the foie gras.

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mars 15, 2004

Orchids Show

Arthur, Nancy & Babette at the Orchid's show. And some orchids.


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mars 14, 2004

While Looking For Cacti For Mom's Garden

At the orchid show we went to the Garden show as well, because Babette wanted to go to Bob's Garden World's booth. He has the most astounding cacti. We could not resist the following piece of botanical sculpture. It is an Aeunium Arboreum Atropurpureum Crest.


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Babette's New Orchids

We went yesterday to the Maryland Orchid Society annual show and as usual brought home half the jungle. Babette chose two new phalaenopses. The sun was so beautiful yesterday that we decided to take pictures with the light coming through the petals.


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In normal light, this one is a velvety brownish rose, but in the afternoon sunlight it glows. Phal (Sunrise Delight X Lil Johnson) 'Pine Ridge'.


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And this is a lovely desert tone replacing a dearly departed. Phal. Sara Lee "Eye Dee' X Phal. Brother Golden Potential 'B#1'.


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We particularly liked capturing the shadows of the overlapping petals on each other.


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Springfield Farm

Yesterday we went to Springfield Farm in Northern Baltimore County to get some fresh eggs, lamb sausages and rabbit, among other things.


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Arthur with one happy dog.


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Babette, Nancy and the mysterious owner of a Volvo.


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Babette and Nancy discussing some serious matters: how many cartons of Jumbo sized organic eggs to buy and when to schedule a whole spit-roasted lamb dinner.


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Arthur taking the Volvo for a spin.


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The owner of the farm. His wife is French and often we chat in the Old Tongue.

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mars 13, 2004

Foie Gras Au Torchon Bis

Here are the last steps of the preparation, from the rolling and shaping to the poaching in stock and the wrapping in a torchon.


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We will serve it Monday night along with a nice bottle of Sauternes...

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mars 12, 2004

Cactus

One happy cactus...

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Three Dudettes

Picture taken by Jeanne during Babette's visit to Texas.

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Foie Gras Au Torchon

The most delicate (and difficult part) of the procedure is the deveinig (do not believe cooks who tell you it is simple): first we marinate the beast in milk for 24 hours. Then, Babette does her magic on it. It goes afterwards into a dry marinade of Fleur de Sel de Guérande, and white pepper for another 24 hours. Follows, reshaping the foie gras (entier as some like to say) into a torchon then a quick poaching in chicken stock (for 90 seconds). Another 24 hours in the refrigerator and it is ready to be served.


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The rest tomorrow.

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mars 11, 2004

Moon At Dawn

Not the greatest picture but it gives you an idea of what it looked like with the full moon setting close to dawn a couple of days ago.


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mars 07, 2004

Light & Cats

Light after a wild, late afternoon storm chez Nancy & Arthur.


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Some of Nancy's pots.


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Cat rivalries and adoration.


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mars 06, 2004

Orchids on a Rainy Day

Closeups of a couple of our orchids on a gloomy day that reminds me of Glasgow.


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mars 05, 2004

Garden

A quiet day that started gloomy and ended up rather nice. Some views of my favorite little pine cone, the trees below and our garden awaiting the return of the spring, .


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mars 03, 2004

Orchids

Not the greatest pictures but here they are...

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