Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Garden Party









All the petite blooms 

above are from my summer garden.

Welcome to a Summer Garden Party!




Summers in Texas can be brutal, 

but up until today our summer temps 

haven't been all that bad.

Today's high:  103º.




The Knockout roses you see above are not so

 bright and colorful today, but the blue plumbago 

doesn't seem to mind the heat.  They bloom 

like this from spring to first frost.




The Yellow Bells do too!




As do the Golden Thrialis 

and Firecracker Ferns.




The Golden Thrialis is one 

of my favorites for cut flowers.

I like to add this wispy

 bloom in with fresh bouquets.




The Blackfoot Daisy 

isn't much for cut flowers,

but it sure does like the dry, hot summers.




Blue Daze likes to spread easily and mixes 

well with the sizzle of hot orange Coreopsis.




Coral Vine offers 

a touch of hot pink.

The heart shaped leaves of this pretty  

vine eagerly climb our porch posts.





This jewel is a 

Habranthus Pink Rain Lily.

I planted some of these bulbs in 

my herb garden years ago.

The bouquet of pink was its gift

shortly after an unexpected 

thunder storm two weeks ago.




In contrast to all the hot colors out front,

our back yard is a shade garden of

mostly evergreens and touches of purple and white.





Scented Geraniums spill out from the large urns 

and don't seem to mind the Texas heat.




I like to add in Fancy Leaf Caladiums 

for the hot summer months.

The white and green heart shaped leaves 

visually offer a sense of cooler temperatures.




Hope you enjoyed 

my little summer garden tour.

I've been cooking with lemons this week.

Thought you might enjoy a 

lemony French macaron before you leave.

Oh, go ahead and have two!





They are light as a feather meringue 

with the creamiest lemon curd filling.




I participated in Michael Lee West's 

Mystery Ingredient Club 

where the mystery ingredients were all 

about Meyer lemons.  

Click here for 

  Cooking With The Meyers  

For more summer flowers and gardens, don't forget to stop by 


Cooking With The Meyers






  Meyer Lemons That Is!  


Michael Lee, the weekly host of 

Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm,

sent me this assortment of mystery ingredients

with instructions to cook up something

to share on August 1st.  What a delicious idea!





Meyer Lemons, a cross between a 

lemon and a mandarin orange, are native to China.

Frank Nicholas Meyer, an employee of the US 

Department of Agriculture, brought them to the US in 1908. 





You can see from the price above 

that these little citrus goodies are a food luxury.

Regular lemons sell for about 49¢ a pound.

Both Alice Waters and Martha Stewart 

are credited with creating a popularity for cooking 

with these sweeter less acidic fruits.  

I'm a fan of anything made with lemons, 

and Meyers provide the perfect essence of lemon.





Want a closer look

 at these lovely products?





  Perserved Meyer Lemons  

These tangy treats are often an ingredient 

in Moroccan Tagines, but once you get a taste of these,

you'll want to use them in everything from salads to risottos.




  Meyer Lemon Olive Oil  

Oh, is this a wonderful ingredient 

to have in the pantry!  




Just look at all the suggestions for 

how to use this oil to enhance a variety of dishes.




  Lemon Sea Salt  

These salt flakes are perfect for vegetables, seafood,  

sweets, and rimming those margarita glasses.





  Grilled Salmon  

  with Preserved Meyer Lemons  

Salmon is one of my favorite fish, 

so I was eager to try the 

preserved lemons on a salmon fillet.

You can find the recipe for 

this quick and easy main dish here.




Enhanced with thinly sliced preserved Meyer lemons,

the salmon is placed within an aluminum foil pouch for grilling.


I also used the Meyer olive oil to coat both the salmon 

fillet and the aluminum foil used for the pouch.

This dish is so easy and tasty, 

I may never have salmon any other way.





  Preserved Lemon and Spring   

  Vegetable Risotto with Grilled Pernod Shrimp  

Now this is what I call a one dish meal!

My "chef" frequently cooks risotto, 

so he volunteered to make this dish for our lunch.




You can find 

this flavorful recipe here.

With asparagus, peas, fennel, and mint, we will 

most definitely repeat this dish.  




  Lemon Blueberry Muffins  

We had a supply of fresh blueberries in the fridge,

 so I just had to make these!

I found the recipe here at Gimme Some Oven.





I recently made Martha Stewart's cornmeal and

buttermilk blueberry muffins that I posted here.  

Those muffins aren't real sweet and have a rustic texture.

This recipe is more cake like with 

lemony goodness and a stresuel topping.




Lemon yogurt with berries is frequently my breakfast.

With the lemon sea salt flakes at hand, 

I experimented with adding some to my yogurt.

The sunny yellow flakes were so pretty that 

I got carried away.  If you do this, 

I recommend adding just a flake or two.

Sea salt is powerful stuff!





  Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake  

One of my favorite local restaurants serves an olive oil cake.

It's the dessert that I order every time.

Can you believe I found a 

recipe for a Meyer lemon olive oil cake?

You can find it here.





This deliciously lemon infused 

cake is topped with a sweet lemon glaze.

Yummy!




  Nothing says lovin' like Meyer  

  lemon goodies straight from the oven!  


Thank you, Michael Lee!

There is a whole lot of lemony goodness 

going on at Hyacinths for the Soul.





The Mystery Ingredient Club ~ Foodie Friday

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