Recent signs of spring and bird highlights:
April 23rd - Field sparrows are abundant in the local park. I found a brown creeper. We are infested with "Myrtle" warblers. And the Dutchman's breeches have bloomed.
April 24th - Eight ring-necked ducks were on a pond in my neighborhood. I found a Virginia rail skulking around a swamp (a new "life lister" for me!). Trees are really starting to bud, lots of green starting to pop.
A few photos:
Yours truly, hiking!
A nice view, starting to see signs of green on the trails
A couple of geese that were checking me out while I was bird watching!
There has been a relative dearth of food posts on this blog as of late. Let's make up for that in one fell swoop with some of my meals from the last week or so!
Putting all modesty aside for a second, I continue to rock out some excellent sourdough pizzas. I have been using this recipe from Slice without fail. It works every time and has been producing fantastic results. My variation as of late is that for the final 8 oz. of flour to make the dough, I have been sneaking in some whole-wheat flour (6 1/2 oz. bread flour and 1 1/2 oz. whole-wheat). This adds just a wee bit of whole-wheat flavor without making the dough heavy, but it also still retains that nice, tangy sourdough flavor. Here are a couple of recent pizza creations:
Sourdough pizza with Canadian bacon, pineapple, red bell pepper, and serrano chilies
Sourdough pizza with Canadian bacon, crimini mushrooms, and black olives
Yesterday, I made Sloppy Joes. Itty Bitty Sloppy Joes! (I am avoiding the annoying culinary trend of calling anything served on a small bun a "slider" - so "Itty Bitty Sloppy Joes" it shall be!) These weren't your ordinary "Manwich" variety, either. I made my own sweet, smoky, and spicy sauce and served them on little White Mountain rolls with some smoked cheddar and spicy bread & butter pickles.
School lunch never looked this good! :)
And finally, tonight's dinner - a Thai chicken and lemongrass stir-fry! Chicken in a spicy mixture of garlic, ginger, red jalapeno, and lemongrass with tons of veggies in a sweet, spicy sauce consisting of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, white wine, sugar, chile-garlic sauce, and roasted chile paste. It was spicy enough to get my nose running. :)
Spicy and yummy!