Harvest Recipe: Mushroom and Red Wine Risotto

For the end of our harvest day 
every family went home to clean up 
and prepare a dish to bring for the harvest dinner

I decided to contribute my Mushroom and Red Wine Risotto
and I offer it here to you
for your own harvest day.
carpe diem!

the pantry:
sliced white and baby bella mushrooms
3 small shallots, sliced thin
good red wine, about 1/4 a cup
olive oil
sea salt
coarse ground black pepper
fresh sprigs of thyme and rosemary, about 1/4 cup each
goat cheese

** a cast iron pan makes this the best! **

the stove:
slice ingredients (the size/shape of the polenta and mushrooms is up to you)

in a cast iron pan, heat up a couple of tablespoons of olive oil
glaze the shallots
add in and saute mushrooms 
as they start to soften, add wine and half of the thyme
season with salt and pepper
cool until wine cooks down into a nice sauce

Next, remove the mushroom and red wine mix
add more olive oil to the pan 
and saute the sliced polenta until it gets darker and firmer

Place warm polenta on plates
cover with mushroom and red wine mix
crumble goat cheese on top and 
add the rest of the thyme leaves and the chopped rosemary


Grape Harvest At Eden Hill Vineyard

Pardon my silence for a bit. 
We've been busy at the farm
preparing for harvest.

We began by picking the Temperanillo yesterday
and tried to stay true to Carpe Diem - 
which actually means "pluck the day."

:: Images by wendy dooldeniya, more here ::


Soaring Above: Anna Wili Highfield

ahhh. Her paper sculptures soar into my heart.


Thailand Vista

I can imagine being in a boat on this lovely lake.
After a lazy ride, I would stop at a local food stall
devour some Tom Kha
and say "Bliss."

:: Image by buttonmoOon ::


of sand and rain

summer + rain + sand 

=   engineering feats 
=   squeals of joy 
=   "no I don't wanna go home!"


Plato's Whimsey and a good ride

Sometimes I come up with fun titles for books I'll never author.
Some of my favs:
Plato's Whimsey
The Shadow Light of the Dawn
A Flash in the Glass
An Act of Civil Disobedience (to eat healthily)

And today, a merger happened between my 
right and left brain:
Republic Bike and the Plato Model of my dreams

I cannot decide.
Which would you choose?


PJ & Magnetism

Photojojo provides my child-like self a place to dream and play.
Like a portable toy store.
And I can squeal with joy in the privacy of my own house.

The new "do not pull" lever is soooo addictive. I dare you try NOT to try it!

And these animal magnets? Coming toys, animals and photos all in one swell item?