Let’s start this month’s post, hosted by the inimitable Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, outside with the welcome sight of crocuses pushing up through a soggy but snow-free lawn! My chives and rhubarb are sprouting (though neither is too photogenic yet). Later this month, I expect plant the lettuce seedlings that I buy from my local garden center. When they are ready for harvest, I will appreciate every green, crunchy bite.
The rhubarb sprouts made me want to rush the season with this strawberry-rhubarb sauce spiced with chunks of ginger and a tiny bit of cardamom. The color alone cheers me up!
This week is Passover. For the first time, I found Kosher for Passover Tam Tams at the market. These bite-sized crackers require much less of a commitment than a whole sheet of matzoh. Here I topped them with apple-walnut charoses (a thick spread that’s a traditional part of the Passover menu).
Looking ahead, I’m recreating recipes from in the 1960s for a little longer to celebrate all things “Mad Men.” The first episode of the final season aired last night with the requisite amount of cocktails in and out of the office. Sally Draper may have outgrown this cookbook for kids but I’m having fun with the Grape-Ale Cooler and the Frosted Strawberry Float. Stay tuned!