sunshine weekend, pdx!
what a beautiful weekend this has been, here in portland! finally the sunshine n warmth i've been waiting for stuck around thru t/entire weekend!
sat after a leisurely late breakfast, headed to the nearby farmer's market to stock up on much needed stock of veggies. since last nite the morel experience was so amazing (i've never cooked with fresh morels, wow) we bought some fresh ones n other things. only disappointing thing is tht the summer fruits r not here yet :-( too tired o apples n pears alrdy. still, it's great to b out n seeing everyone out n about enjoying the sun too.
in the p.m. we drove out to the wine country (south towards Dundee) to the Red Ridge Farm. it's ther we found our Limone (meyer lemon tree) i had no idea the flowers r so fragrant! n also purchased a few other herbs i didn't get at the farmer's earlier. this is a most beautifully organised farm/ nursery w/olive oil farm. we missed the winery hours at Lange, so no wine for sunday's picnic/hike. still, it's been a wonderful day out. we then wnt home to enjoy sun on the balcony w/a pre-dinner drink.
for dinner, used the frozen meatballs i've made w/italian sausage, grnd beef, onions n tofu (instead of breadcrumbs) n a sauce with shitake mushrooms w/leftover mint/cilantro pesto. turns out quite good, altho the sweet pea sprouts weren't all perfectly tender.
sun, after having done wii fit chk ups n a few games, we're finally off to the coast. neahkahnie mtn has a hiking trail, 3.2 miles roundtrop at med difficulty. driving out to the coast is like 70+ miles. fr/ther another 15 miles south to the trailhead. altho according to the book, it's 17.2 miles south of cannon beach, which according to t/car's odometer, it's not so. we ended up driving back n forth a bit to find it. turns out, it's just up the hill after the oswald west state park (short sand beach, wher k n alex surfs) the hike itself isn't tht steep in the ascent n it's nicely shaded w/some sun. we even saw a few kids n dogs on ths trail. our snack on the trail was a bag o peanut m&m's. after so much good food on friday/sat, today is day o simple things. upon exit of the trail, we headed to cannon beach n ther we ate our picnic w/salami, cheese, tomato n baguette from Ken's. it's the best ever!
the only failure ths weekend i must say, is the chocolate chip cookie we tried but failed to make. molasses used as brown sugar must b adjusted in order for the baking to come out right, but how? it's i will hv to study some more from my science of food book.