Saag paneer with hot, toasty naan.
Chevre and port spread with a maple, pecan, cranberry, & rosemary topping-SO. GOOD!
Cucumber & Yogurt soup with mint and dill; perfect for the dog days of summer.
Strawberry, Chevre, and Balsamic Vinegar ice cream.
Whew! What a whirlwind week! After landing a new part-time baking gig on Monday, I jumped headfirst into a frenzied few days of baking, cooking, prop acquiring, and equipment gathering. Bright and early Thursday morning (by which I mean, REALLY bright and early-I was up at 5:30 a.m. making a batch of curd destined to become gorgonzola), we (being my editor, photographer, creative art director-Chris Bryant of Lark Books, and myself) began a feverish race to the deadline on the third book in the "Homemade Living" series, "Home Dairy" (Lark Books, Spring 2011-also the release date of book #4, "Keeping Bees").
Somehow or other, we did it. We took every shot necessary to complete the book, styled every dish just so, and managed to find time to nosh a few bites ourselves along the way. The book is going to be beautiful, truly. I cannot be held responsible if you should find yourself licking the pages (although I'd certainly love to hear about it!). We'll begin work on the photographs for "Keeping Bees" in late May/early June, when we'll start kicking out our strategic efforts all over again.
I took the week off from my "Small Measures with Ashley" column on Design Sponge so that I could focus all of my efforts of the photo shoots. Right now, I'm making frosting for this cake, to share my mother, grandmother, brother, sister-in-law (due with their first child in June-yeah!!! First grandchild for the family, too!!!) and husband this afternoon at this park after having a big family lunch here. Later tonight, I'll be saying happy birthday to this super talented, warm-hearted, always-fashionably-turned out lady. Tomorrow, my dear friend Jenny (who just started up an awesome bicycling school) is making a split from one of her hives, which I'm hoping to stop by and watch, along with getting some work done in my garden. And then Monday morning, at 5:00 a.m., I'll begin my time at Short Street Cakes. Maybe on Tuesday I'll find time to catch my breath!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!