Despite the lack of posts lately our kitchen has been extremely busy. It’s the end of the school year and things are just crazy busy. Swim practice four days a week has started. The kids are playing outside. The garden needs tending…the work never ends.
That is why these bars have become a staple in our house. They are similar to these granola balls, just in bar form. I make them often, they disappear quickly with three boys!
It was after a trip to the farmer’s market when I got an eggplant that I first made this dip for the boys. It was their first time having eggplant, that I can remember anyway. I quickly realized they like eggplant. We planted some that summer!
Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to harvest many eggplants last year. It wasn’t the best year for anything other than tomatoes in the garden. We continued to get them at the market though and tried cooking it several different ways. Ewan was the biggest fan, though the other boys liked it as well.
Here in the South it may be spring by the calendar year, but based on weather some may call it summer. We’ve already had a few days that hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C). That means it’s time for frozen treats.
We have a couple sets of ice pop molds and the boys are always begging to use them. Now is the time of year when I say “yes” more often! There are so many different things you can put in your ice pops. Anything from pudding creations, fruit and yogurt, puréed fruit and juice, alcohol for the grown ups…
This time around I did one of the easiest possible combinations. It requires only two ingredients. Does it get any easier? I think not!
It’s May and spring is in full force here in South Carolina. I originally had several things I was going to put in this In My Kitchen post, including things I’ve forgotten in recent months. But then the weather got gorgeous and all I can think about is how much I am loving spring!
Thanks to the lovely Maureen over at Orgasmic Chef for this monthly roundup. It’s always fun to peak into bloggers’ kitchens and see what is happening around this world. I may be excited about spring here, but people in the southern hemisphere is welcoming autumn after a long summer.
So back to my excitement about spring. Two foods shout “spring” to me, asparagus and strawberries. Since our garden asparagus didn’t do too terribly well (or it shot up before we noticed) I’ll stick with a strawberry theme for now. This past weekend the boys and I went strawberry picking at Cottle Strawberry Farm. I’ve been taking the boys there since they were babies in a carrier. It’s a family outing I look forward to every spring.