strawberry oatmeal pancakes

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ” – Henry James It’s a delightful exercise, I think, to meditate on which English words you think are most beautiful. J.R.R. Tolkein famously asserted that “cellar door” rolls off the Anglophone tongue most melodiously. Linguist…

chickpea & purslane salad

So I guess you could say I’m on this kick of trying green things I’ve never heard of (see fiddlehead ferns). Maybe it’s some post-graduation void I’m trying to fill, some thirst for adventure that I’m finding hard to satisfy within this town that is home, yes, but oh so familiar. Who knows why, but…

foraging for ferns

Previously on the Sprout Diaries, I shared my first-ever experience with fiddlehead ferns. What’s really wild about these edible earthy swirls is that, with the right timing and the right knowledge, you can wander out into the woods and pick some for yourself! Unfortunately, I realized this too late in the season to do my…

the funny fiddlehead fern

Have you ever seen a fiddlehead fern? Spotted them, maybe, at the market or in your natural foods grocery store? Perhaps you’re one of those people I admire who has eaten them and who knows they are simply very young ostrich ferns, foraged in spring before getting a chance to unfurl their fronds. When I…

spring vegetable pot pie

Spring can be sunshine and sundresses and walks through Ann Arbor’s peony garden. Spring can also be rainy and dreary and what-the-heck-I-thought-it-was-May. On days like the latter, you may want to cook up a pot pie to warm up your insides and pass the time while you wait for the sun to reappear. This pot…

pomp & circumstance

Well, it’s been a while! During my unintended hiatus from the blogosphere, some important events have taken place: the month of May has dawned quite gracefully, asparagus and rhubarb season has arrived full force, France got a new president, and I’ve become an alumna of the University of Michigan. Yes, on April 28, I donned…