I especially like the cover with the Holland lop bunny amidst the purple primroses and grape hyacinths. It’s a beautiful color scheme with complementary colors in the lettering as well as in the stripes on the eggs, but their photography is always fabulous.
The Food Gathering section has even more attractive photos and the ‘What’s For Dinner’ array stopped me in my tracks. I must make the One-Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives and the ‘Butter-lettuce Salad with Egg and Potatoes looks mighty fine also. A few pages over you’ll find a colorful dish of Yogurt with Kiwifruit and Macadamias along with instructions on ripening and peeling them. I appreciate those little extras for the mere fact that I am not familiar with all fruits, or vegetables for that matter. I remember the first time I opened up a pomegranate and didn’t know how to eat it and I also had no idea what a jicama was. For those who don’t know, it’s a Mexican yam or Mexican turnip aka a tuber, which among other things can be julienned and eaten in a salad. I have yet to taste one but it’s on my list of things to try.
There is plenty of gardening in this issue which is something I enjoy. Martha’s article is about succulents which I think are very interesting plants if only I could remember half of their names. Regardless, I would buy them anyway, which I have done and they are thriving outside in my front yard and the back yard. I buy mine at Costco but most of their plants don’t come with names except to label them as tropicals or garden varieties. The names are not important to me anyway because I would never remember them. Like Martha, I will just admire their varied shapes and personalities.
Here’s one of mine that bloomed one day.
If you like gardening, you must have a look at Sense & Spontaneity, which is the title of the article on Page Dickey who has a romantic garden in rural New York. It’s a gardener’s dream that I wish I could see in person. There is a two-page spread of a bird’s eye view of the garden that would look so beautiful framed. I envy anyone with the stamina and know-how to create and maintain such a masterpiece.
Have you started your spring cleaning? I have and hopefully I’ll be done by autumn. Hey, is cleaning ever really done?
I wanted to try this product from Home Depot on my family room floor…
…and I think it looks great, shine-wise anyway. I am totally sick of the pattern and want tile but until that day comes, I must take care of what I have.
Anyway, after you have finished with drooling over all the desserts in the Sweet as Spring section on page 106 such as a Coconut Crunch Cake or a Flourless Chocolate Walnut Torte, and I mean oozing with melted chocolate over the top, then it’s time to get down to Spring Cleaning. There are many pages from 112 forward of tips to help you out and wasn’t it nice of the editors of MSL to treat you to dessert before handing you a squeegee to get started on your windows! Yes, that was my feeble attempt at humor!
Well, I’m off to make my shopping list for One-Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives and maybe I’ll add some chocolate to the list also! Have a great weekend!