Two down! 9 to go! We have completed the first two of our winter tours and are on to the third.
Southern California Winter Warmer was all but warm for the first two days: torential rainpour in Chula Vista and freezing cold in Julian. But all was comfy in Borego Springs, albeit the wind. Don't you love cooking - or cycling for that matter- in the wind? A pot of water takes twice as long to boil! The desert wild flowers were just popping out, and if you're ever there the hike into Palm Canyon Oasis is amazing.
I promise in the future to blog the food as we go, as I can now not remember what was cooked on what day! A few highlights though:
Honey glazed pork chops with a homemade apple chutney...wow. Brush the pork chops with honey then season them with a combination of: ground cumin, sea salt, smoked chipotle chili powder, ground corriander, paprika, ground garlic and black pepper. Grill them until just done, and serve with apple chutney. (peel and core apples and cook with diced green chili, cider vinegar & sugar) Want the whole recipe? I can post it next week when I am back to my truck which houses my books.
Texas Pecan Pie Bars. Totally yummmmmy.
Southern Arizona was a beautiful trip. The weather was great the whole trip and the desert in the spring has such unique beauty. The food mirrored that of California. New to the menu:
Curried eggplant and potatoes! A great yellow curry full of plump eggplant and yellow poatatoes.
Greek lemon chicken joined us once again from being on vacation for a couple of years.
Peanut butter and walnut sandwiches on Raisin bread were all the rage. Something so simple, yet sooo good.
On to Texas and a daily update of places, wild flowers and food! Much more on the food. Recipes anyone?