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Travel to England: planes, trains, automobiles…and food.

Everywhere I venture there are signs of Fall insinuating themselves on a not quite ready me, unusual because it’s my favorite season.  I’ll blame it on our non-summer, my excessive indulgence on vacation planning, and the trip itself which deposited me willing or not smack on November first’s doorstep.  It’s disorienting missing Halloween to find grocery stores “big buy” areas brimming with typical displays of canned pumpkin, canned cranberries, canned corn, canned green beans, and canned gravy of all things. Did I mention canned?   Refreshingly, each website I’ve visited, a welcome assist in my recovery from jet lag — I swear it takes longer the older I become —  is sporting new recipes for stuffing, a new twist on pumpkin bread, spicy cranberry relish, and yes, green bean casserole — all made with fresh ingredients.

Not quite there myself, I’ve been caught up in a rekindled love affair with England remembering the best of our recent two-week trip.  Of course the best of anything will include food — savory pot pies in particular.  This wasn’t a trip planned to seek out sleek restaurants or exclusive menus.  Instead we wanted to visit the markets, purchase what we could to make a few meals when a kitchen was available, and enjoy a few pubs or tea rooms along the way.  From what we’ve been able to estimate, “the way” was close to 1,000 miles and included a high speed train, not so high speed trains, a taxi or two, and a Saab station wagon packed to the gills with luggage that seemed to grow in the night.  Not included in our miles covered were myriad trips on the Underground while we were in London, an open air tour bus ride that we never quite mastered the art of hopping on and off of, a Thames river boat cruise, and some walking.  Actually lots of walking, which explains why one is able to lose a few pounds on a vacation diet utterly lacking anything green.

It was completely delicious.

Pub Food

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Spring Salad with Dandelion Greens, Asparagus and Fresh Peas

If there was ever a salad season, Spring would be it. Baby veggies and greens are everywhere and the simple act of opening a food magazine has me craving salad more than I normally do. I’ve never lived above the 36th parallel north in my life, so I could argue that it’s salad season all year long, but I’ve concluded others may not necessarily feel that way.

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Daring Bakers: Lavash Crackers and Nopales Salsa

Today is quite different than the past many months that I’ve posted.  Today marks one of the very few times that I’ve baked a recipe for the Daring Bakers that isn’t classified as a sweet.  And even more importantly?  It’s the first gluten-free recipe as well.  This month’s challenge of Lavash Crackers has been hosted by Natalie of Gluten A Go Go, and Shel of Musings From the Fishbowl.  The recipe is from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

I definitely have that post for you today,  but thought I’d put a local type of spin on it.  Seriously local.

Ever had nopales? These Lavash Crackers with garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and cumin can really take on a substantial salsa…

 

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