Treats Along the Way
We just returned from a trip to Ashland, Oregon. The four days were filled with many gifts, including these edible delights prepared by friends and local establishments….
*Sweet Potato Enchiladas from the Oh, How She Glows Cookbook, a vegan cookbook by Angela Liddon, which I have just ordered.
*Mushroom risotto with edamame/arugula salad, accompanied by one of my favorite light rosé wines, Whispering Angel, and followed by sea salt caramel gelato topped with chocolate sauce.
*Peace Tea at the Dobra Tea Cafe (http://www.dobrateaashland.com/),a local hang-out that offers over 100 teas. With the tea, we had a Buckwheat Fig Spiral and a tip from our friend to watch the making of lotus tea and other vegan specialties by the Korean Zen Buddhist nun and chef Jeong Kwan, as viewed on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. We watched it when we returned home and were inspired.
*Breakfasts at the Country Willows Inn (https://countrywillowsinn.com), which featured many unique items: carrot fritters topped with an egg and salted yogurt, broccoli and black olive frittatas, currant muffins, banana/mango juice and chocolate chip miniature pastry puffs, pictured above–kind of a pain au chocolat without the guilt!
* Homemade pistachio and dried cherry biscotti which I finally made from a clipped-out recipe from a 2011–don’t want to rush into anything!– issue of Bon Appétit. They were perfect for dunking in our on-the-road coffees.
We enjoyed all of these culinary treats. But the most important gifts of our time away were those of friendship, love, gratitude, and the awareness, again, of how precious life is.