Off We Go

In just a few hours, I’m going to be hopping on a plane to another season. There will be butt-numbing numbers of hours watching personal video, reading and listening to music. And then, I’m going to find myself in South Africa.

Yes, South Africa. Where, if weatherbug has it correctly, the weather will be surprisingly like it has been in Seattle. Imagine that.

We are going because my husband, who is very brave and maybe a little insane, will be running this marathon. Which really isn’t a marathon at all. It starts that way, but then it keeps on going. For a total of 55 miles. Did I mention a little insane? And very, very brave?

Afterwards, and after a couple of days of recovery, we’ll be heading out on safari before heading back home.

I can’t wait to share some of the stories with you. I also can’t wait to see what will be happening in the garden when I return. It is already so full of promise. My pea plants seem to grow in inches overnight, and have just started to put out scarlet blooms. Lemony sorrel, which was planted last fall, is in full force. Chives have blossomed into beautiful lilac balls. And I have just harvested my first leeks!




There is nothing like a leek pulled straight out of your own garden.

With these, I made little julienned strips, tossed them in olive oil, and roasted them in a hot oven for about 15 minutes. They caramelized up quickly into little crisps which taste remarkably like toasted marshmallows.


You can use them to top soups, pizzas or as I did on top of a simple salad of sorrel, sauted trumpet mushrooms and an egg. Delicious.


Have a great couple of weeks! See you in June!

  • Dina

    Wow! South Africa!!
    Have a blast. Can’t wait to see your photo’s when you get back.

  • Mary

    Bon voyage! Lycklig resa! (That’s Swedish for bon voyage.) and best wishes for Cam’s run.

  • Kathy Marciante Photography

    Wonderful Blog!! Your food images at magnificent!!

  • D. @ Outside Oslo

    The leeks are beautiful–thanks for the inspiration!

  • Dana

    South Africa? That is so cool. That country is pretty high up on the list of places I want to go. Good luck to your husband on his marathon, and I hope you both have a lovely trip!

  • mollie hewitt

    have a wonderful trip! Can’t wait to see your pictures.

  • Chris Allan

    What a beautiful blog. I have just recently started shooting food, and after a few minutes of bumbling about online, looking for inspiration, I stumbled across your blog. It is marked as a favourite, and I would like to subscribe?

    The funny thing is that I was spectating and taking a few creative shots at that very marathon your man ran in, just yesterday! I hope you enjoyed the buzz around one of South Africa’s most cherished sporting events, and I hope you didn’t freeze your butt off at the start!

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  • Elisabet Figueras

    I love your blog, the photos are fantastic.

  • Jennifer G

    If you’re going to be in Cape Town, head to a little restaurant in the Bo-Kaap area called Bo-Kaap Kombuis. Best food I ever ate while I was visiting South Africa last year. :)

  • M├ędaille gourmande

    Enjoy South africa!!!!! Your leek gives me some ideas for news recipes.

  • Veggie Belly

    If you are going to cape town, you must eat at africa cafe!

  • amelia

    everything sounds amazing in here: the trip to Africa, the safari, the garden fresh leeks, the dish, the photos…wow!!!

  • Nguyen Huong Giang

    I love your blog. Everything is amazing. Thanks!

  • Marie

    the pictures looks so vivid, nice composition

  • George

    Your photography on this site kicks butt.