Friday, July 30, 2010

2 Stops, some Stash and Summer Supper

GR&DF today I will share both the stop we made on Wednesday and the stop we made yesterday on the way home in the late afternoon.

On Wednesday we stopped on 24th Street - in the Mission - and picked up some fruit at our favorite stand. I didn't get any at the Farmer's Market as it seemed that the fruit I kept seeing was all very ripe. Rico likes fruit on the unripe or green side so everything was to far gone for his taste, and when things are not too soft they tend to last until I can get to another market for some more. While we stopped for fruit we also ran into our favorite Bakery - La Victoria - and of course I got some shots of the pastries there -


some great macaroons....



There was a ton of delicious looking cupcakes....



Here are some the treats we picked up.....


Yesterday on the way home we went through the Castro and stopped at the little nursery/plant shop there called Hortica - 566 Castro Street. They have a really nice selection of things. I got a few shots of the back garden....

There was a large selection of beautiful Geraniums...


I was trying to get a snap of the butterfly's - you can't really tell but there are some in this shot...


just a nice shot of the overall back garden..

It is such a nice space in the city, and the small patio restaurant right next door always has the nicest music wafting across into this back space.


The mail brought some current stash I had to have - from two of my favorite designers....

I figure I would get them at some point so why wait! I love the PS chart releases - they are so very cute - and I even like the 2010 Santa card. The BBD #6 is a beauty - I am so liking this series and cant wait to have them all so I can get a start on this great sampler.

Dinner last night was a very reminiscent one from my past - of course I got a snap - you know me and the silly pictures I am always taking....


I sauteed some summer squash and onions, made some jasmine rice and fried up a mess of chicken and delicious okra. Rico had a single piece of the okra and poo pooed it - just more for me!! I made enough that there is leftovers for lunch today!! Ruth asked how I fry up my okra and chicken - well, I do the okra first. I cut the tip and the top off and then slice the pods into pieces. These pieces I throw into a bowl of butter milk (if I have it in the house) I didn't last night so I made some fake buttermilk - I curdled some milk with vinegar. I then dredged the buttermilk soaked pieces in a dry mix of flour, cornmeal, some Cajun spice stuff ( Tony Chachere's) and pepper. Then drop these pieces it in the hot grease and cook until brown. The chicken I do a bit different - I take the pieces and soak them in buttermilk and again last night it was a fake curdled milk soak. Then the dredge for chicken is - just all-purpose flour only spiced up with cumin, garlic salt, pepper, cayenne and a bit of curry powder - or whatever I can put my hands on in the spice cupboard. I dredge each piece in the dry mix and let these sit for a few mins to dry off a bit then fry individually in the hot grease. - Very simple cooking, but mighty tasty!!

There you go sports fans. Thanks for dropping by and do come again!!

Take care,
edgar

18 comments:

Nancy said...

Such yummy photos of the bakery, and the garden center looks like a fun place to visit too!

Enjoy your new stash! I love the Sweeping Cobwebs sampler. I'm in the process of stitching the Anniversaries of the Heart series and love every minute!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary said...

Loved the pics of the bakery! Everything looked so good!

The chicken and rice are two of my favorites!! Reminds me of Sundays from childhood. (That's the only way to eat rice...with butter, not gravy!)

Anonymous said...

Edgar, that fried okra looks delicious! I've never tried making it at home. We love it so I'm going to give it a shot. Okra is not a popular vegetable around here so I hope to find some fresh. And that bakery looks wonderful! Bet it's hard not to buy one of everything! Nancy

DonnaTN said...

Oh Edgar, you made my heart go pitter pat with your dinner photo! Squash and onions, fried okra and fried chicken would be heaven on a plate!

Berit said...

Delicious! Cupcakes are getting so popular, lately. As for that Chicken, it looks SO good. I've never fried bone-in chicken (just cutlets); the best I ever had was at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah Ga. I think they use buttermilk, too.

Thanks for sharing, and of course the Stash! :D So totally awesome!

Denise said...

Speaking as a Georgia girl, you did
that okra just right! I like mine
golden brown and crunchy. Please tell me how you make the jasmine rice. That sounds like it would go great with a Chinese chicken recipe I have.....
Have a fun weekend! Continue to enjoy your temperatures, still in the high 90's here!

Deborah said...

The shots of the bakery and garden center are great. Wonderful stash.

Hazel said...

Oh goodness that fried stuff looks great!! Pastries look lovely too but I'm a one for okra. I love it. Great stash haul. I like the new PS Santa.

Sharon said...

I'd love to take a trip to SF just to drool in that bakery!! :)

Gotta go w/ Ricco on the okra - when I was little, I always swore that I would never make any of my children touch okra (and at that time, I didn't care that there was a starving child who would love to eat my okra!) Everything else looked soooo yummy!

I'm so lovin' your stash. I seem to love each new BBD even more than the last one...happy stitching!

I can't wait to see what treasures you'll have to share with us on Monday! :)

Margaret said...

Oh my! I love all the pics. I so wish i could step out the door and be transported to SF. Have a great weekend!

Peggy Lee said...

Ok Edgar...I'm on to you now! I know it was you who swiped the jelly off of the corner pastry before snapping that mouth watering photo!!
I think I'm drooling.......

Patti said...

You know something Edgar? A lot of the time I wish I was you. You get to eat all that yummy stuff and don't get fat. Plus you get to buy all the stash you want without your OH saying something like "WHAT!!! More stuff!" Ok I know I'm not you but a girl can wish can't she?!?
Hope you guys have a great weekend.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Jules said...

I hear ya Rico! I can't stand that nasty okra!! LOL

Great pics as always, Edgar! Those cakes look scrumptious indeed...

Sherry said...

What a great post - nice stash additions (I just looked at many on my LNS's website before blogging tonight), gardens, sweets and YUM dinner - that is the second time I have heard fried okra tonight...your blog and earlier on a t.v. cooking show my husband was watching. Boy, haven't had that in years and years. And that with my mom's fried chicken - add some biscuits and "it don't get no better"! The Jasmine rice sounds interesting, never have had that...may have to check it out. Have a great weekend, Edgar!

Valerie said...

Mmmm....thank you for sharing the yummy photos. I love sweets and I love fried chicken AND fried okra!

Love the new stash...I agree with you, the BBD Anniversaries of the Heart series is wonderful!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Your posts always make me hungry, lol! Great flower pics, too!

Myriam said...

Wouah the bakery!!mial!

diamondc said...

Edgar Edgar Edgar: why do you do this to me I am trying to lose weight, I look at your blog site and gain back some, I can smell the sweets just looking at the pictures you need to add a warning look out this may be a delicious looking page.
Just kidding I truely enjoy your blog site.
Did you happen to see To Catch A Theif on t.v. last week? Great movie one of my favs.
Kepp Peace in your heart.
Catherine