How happy can a person be simply because the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising slowly but steadily to a lovely temperature? In fact; it was quite warm today and in the garden there was hardly any wind, so it was almost too warm to sit. Well… not really but I did say almost, right?
Initially I had planned to make blinis today but then since it was such a lovely day I figured I would rather spend the day outdoors then indoors, so instead I made a lovely salad with pinenuts, rocket and gorgonzola. Just the thing you need for a spring day.
Now…. don’t you think those little baby chicks above look absolutely adorable? About three years ago I had a photoshoot with babychicks very close to where I live and the lady who runs the chickenfarm Sabrahof send me an email a week ago that she had more babies in and if I wanted to come and have a look and take some photos again. These are used for stockphotography but it is so much fun to shoot these little darlings. Don’t you think they behave rather well (apart from the pooping they keep doing on my backgrounds…tsss… chickens!)?
And in case you were wondering; these are not meant for consumption. They are ooo, a breed I keep forgetting… and are mainly being held as pets by people who like to have one or two chickens. I will show you the grown up version in a bit as I think they are quite good looking for a chicken…I only know the Dutch name which is Sabelpoot… They are small and – as mentioned – very pretty. The little babies at the top are only two weeks old, the one you see all the one at the bottom of the post is three months old. They do grow rather fast!
In addition to these little ones they also have one of the largest chicken breeds which is a Brahma chicken. I really know nothing about chickens so don’t shoot me if it is NOT the biggest chicken race. I just thought it was. It’s really just a regular house these people live in but they have their shed completely filled with chicken and an outside area where a few of them walk around. But the majority is bred to be sold to other people who want to have a chicken.
But that was tuesday, also a lovely day, but today was really the highlight in terms of temperature. It was so warm in fact that I ended up cutting all the bushes in the garden. Last year, when we were completely cutting down most of the (overgrown) garden fence there was a bird with egg in the nest and ofcourse I could not possibly disturb them. So we sort of cut around the bird to leave enough foliage so they would feel safe, but that looked entirely ridiculous in the garden. So I finally got rid of the remaining part of that! It will grow back soon enough. I can tell that all the forget-me-nots are eager to get up and flowering; they are growing fast in this kind of weather. If you ever want a very cheap plant that will come back every year then choose forget-me-nots. I once bought a 1 euro pot of them and well, they are totally everywhere now. It only flowers for a year but then seeds abundantly. I don’t mind that they are everywhere as they are very easy to remove and they will come back the next year, no matter what you do, so couldn’t be easier. And in a few weeks time I will have a see of lovely light blue forget-me-nots everywhere. I am already looking forward to that!
Now on to my salad; as I said I should have made blinis but felt more like a salad in the end. It’s really a throw-whatever-you-have-together salad, but if you want to know what is in it here are the ingredients:
rocket or arugula
carrots, cucumber or any other veg you have left, slice thinly
Toss it all together and finish with a dressing of your choice. I used something resembling thousand island dressing. Lovely taste! I wanted to add bits of apple in there too as I think that would work really well in this salad, but I ended up forgetting to put it in and then eating the apple as it is. You gotta have your vitamins right? It’s a crazy week in terms of not eating home at all almost. Tonight I will be having dinner with a friend, tomorrow we’re having our cooking club Kort Lontje, then on saturday it is cooking course and then out for dinner again with friends and then finally sunday we will be home and possibly cooking too.