Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Garden Update – Asparagus!

Wow, 4 days ago when I did my first garden post of 2009 there was nothing but brown. Yesterday I was sniffing around out back and there they were, beautiful stalks of asparagus!! I took these photos today, and as you can see some grew over a foot in less than 48 hours. I’m amazed at how fast they grow! I planted the root crowns only last year so I have to be restrictive about cutting the stalks until next year, however I did cut a few to take to a friend’s house to grill on the BBQ this evening. I can’t wait to taste them!!

May your thumb be green this year!

Bruno

How Will My Garden Grow?…

… stay tuned and find out!

Happy first day of Spring :-)

Bruno

France – Another Photo

Here’s another photo from my brother, Fred. The photo was shot southeast of Bordeaux in the Landes region. I thought the flowers were lavender but Fred informed me that it’s heather. It looks like spring in southern France!

Bruno

Pasta Puttanesca w/ Prawns

…or “3 men and a pasta” as my friend, Kristin, named it because she watched as her husband, Bob, make the sauce, her brother, Greg, make fresh egg noodles and me peel, devein and saute’ the prawns! It all came together for a beautifully delicious meal!!

(pardon the resolution of the pics, they were taken w/ an i-phone)

Pasta Puttanesca w/ Prawns

Ingredients:

1 pound freshly made egg noodles

2 pounds fresh prawns

8 roma tomatoes – blanched, peeled and smashed

6 cloves garlic – sliced

1 shallot – small dice

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon Italian herb mix

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

1) Saute’  shallots and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 3 minutes

2) Add tomatoes, wine and herbs; let simmer for 5 mnutes, add butter, then salt and pepper to taste

3) Saute’ prawns on lightly oiled griddle until opaque

4) Add prawns to sauce and stir

5) Cook pasta in well salted water until “al dente” – approximately 3 minutes

6) Plate, then top w/ freshly grated parmesan cheese and mangia (eat)!!

Alla facia di qi me vol male’ (sp?)…

Bruno