A Taste of Spring

6 April 2011 § 4 Comments

This post is meant to about delicious green pancakes – spinach, lime, cilantro and chilli ones from Yotam Ottolenghi’s book, Plenty. But it’s not. We made said delicious, green pancakes on Monday. I got The Ladies™ involved in the mixing and whisking; we named them froggy pancakes; we even sang the Popeye song – “I’m Popeye the sailor man I live in a caravan”.

But, who would have thought spinach could be so offensive to four-year olds? Especially as both of The Ladies™ love kale and olives. One of them has even been known to devour clams and mussels. These delicious, fluffy pancakes were outright rejected. I was hurt. The evening got worse as I impatiently switched off my camera as it was downloading and lost all the photos. So, no photo, no post. I will make green pancakes again, as King Marv and I loved them, but one day when I’m feeling brave enough to cope with the rejection.

This winter has dragged on and on, and I need some inspiration to keep me going until new spring produce is bountiful. I am so excited as tonight I’m going to play dress-up chef. I’m going to ICE (the Institute of Culinary Education) for a class called Menu for Spring, run by Chef John Ash. He has his namesake restaurant – John Ash & Company, in Santa Rosa, CA and is big on local wine, and matching this with local and seasonal ingredients. He also does a lot of work with Seafood Watch so it will be interesting to get his views on environmentally friendly, sustainable fishing.

The menu for tonight sounds really good – Celery Root and Apple Salad with Smoked Salmon; Chard, Lentil, and Potato Soup with Spiced Oil Drizzle; Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde; Fregola with Artichokes, Olives, and Lemon; Meyer Lemon Curd Crepes with Blueberry Sauce. So I will try to post some pictures tomorrow, assuming I don’t delete them all by mistake.


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§ 4 Responses to A Taste of Spring

  • Marybeth says:

    Lisa – Don’t fret! The froggy pancakes sounded delish. My daughter is also “developing her unique taste profile” as of late. Foods that she used to beg for are now (hopefully temporarily) on the “yucky list”. Tastes change throughout their lives and with any luck and a strong helping of enthusiasm, I’m sure the kids will turn around. I just love your blog!

  • rebecca says:

    ur dinner sounds deelish! i was going to try to make a pancake mix in the vitamix. they had some recipes…will you help me find a passover dish (aka gluten free). something tasty i can bring to my sis house.

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