Summer Food and our Garden

Late April, the wife and I started our community garden here in Bellingham. We’ve been enjoying lots of tasty veges and herbs straight from the garden.

The vision was to produce food that we can incorporate into our everyday meals and share our passion for food and cooking with our friends. Below, you will find many of the pics of food that have come straight from our garden.


Red onion from our garden. Taste is super sweet. Much smaller than the ones you buy from the store.


Lettuce from our garden.


Atalie whipped up this panko crusted salmon with green beans when our friend Rae came to visit.


Meal preps. We were getting toppings ready to make pizza. Basil and onion from our garden.


A dressed pizza, ready for the oven.


Jook. Congee. Porridge. Delicious.


Roasted garlic. Super easy to make. Cut the tops and bottoms of the garlic. Drizzle olive oil, and flavor with salt and pepper. Wrap in tin foil. Bake in oven at 375% for 45 minutes. Good to spread on bread, but in this case we used as a topping for our pizza. Learned this technique from my friend, Garrett.


A blurry and cooked pizza.


I’m not the best at shaping the pizza, however, the taste speaks for itself.


When you saw the photos above of the Jook and Pizza, I bet you thought that was from two different meals. Actually, no. This was from the same meal. An interesting combo that I recommend. Not because they pair well, but because, why not.


Scallops, Shrimp, Asparagus, with Lemon, Basil, and Parsley.


Bubbies Mochi 🙂

TARRAGON CHICKEN WITH CHARDONNAY CREAM SAUCE

Today was perfect. I completed errands around the house. I got a run in with my dog, Lanikai, down to the Lake.

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Dinner was ready when I got home from my run, and I was sure in for a treat.

TARRAGON CHICKEN WITH CHARDONNAY CREAM SAUCE

Recipe found: https://bakeatmidnite.com/tarragon-chicken-with-chardonnay-cream/

  • Creamy
  • Light
  • Buttery
  • Pairs well with a white wine
  • Perfect to eat outdoors during the long summer days

Snapped this photo on the table, but then we ate it outside.

Dessert: Vanilla ice cream with blackberry jam made from the berries in our backyard.

Our neighbors wildberry plant spilling past our fence. I’m not complaining about it today, however.

Visit gallery here: https://nathanmatsushima.smugmug.com/2019-07-27-Tarragon-Chicken/n-q4qR3B/

Wa Kei Sei Jaku (harmony, respect, purity, tranquility)

I started off my morning doing some quick video edits from my recent Japan trip. Here are two short (~2min) videos. The art of tea in Japan is zen, and puts me in a good mood.

The tea officiant that we had, Maya, describing the meaning behind Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremonies: Wa Kei Sei Jaku.

 

yellowstones cracks, veins, gases, and elements

this was day 2 of our trip to Yellowstone, back in August 2016. If you haven’t already, check out day 1.

the day started off with fog. the sun silently peered through the clouds and eventually burned through.


clearing it’s way for a bright ambush of patchy blue clouds


the landscape of Yellowstone is full of surprises. earths presence, if no where else, is strongly felt in Yellowstone.

the inner matter of earth, is literally flowing out of and settling into yellowstone.

providing science experiments. fermentations. gases. oils. pressure.


that come together and create masterpieces


reflecting the sky through it’s cracks, veins, smells, and elements

sometimes, even looking like the landscape of a war ground when the vents letting out gases appear to be the smoke of a burned land


and then there’s old faithful – good for it’s name. reliable.


the keepers of the land

what sometimes may be tempting, can be quite dangerous

the earth is stewing

the veins, stretch long and touch us

so deep, they go

and with colors, that burn the eye

life, flourishes

there’s something so wild about this place, that makes us all so curious

yellowstone … need i say more?

ok, i’m not gonna lie. if you don’t like waterfalls then this blog post won’t be for you.

[archives: August 11, 2016]

OOF (out of focus)

ahhh, the great outdoors

check out the gnarly approaching rain clouds. half of the img = blue skies, the other half = crazy storm

look at the size of the mouth on that thing

attention is in the details

can i fit in too, guys?

just, beautiful

look at that palette of colors!

mah goodness

some beautiful hills

hi d3r

oh, itZ m33h

pretty accurate and literal name

definitely loved these stop-offs

painted

plant your roots deep

jealous of the trees daily view

a tall photo

by this time, the storm started to roll in along with the booming thunder

the details of nature

go see this place. now. like. seriously. now. go.