This weekend was a gorgeous time to get out and enjoy the sunshine! My favorite part of spring is watching the bees gather pollen. They are such beautiful creatures! Last year for the Queen City Exclusive first edition of the magazine, we visited Cloister Honey. We were able to learn everything about bees, even things you would never think to ask! You can read the wonderful article here. Enjoy!
Okay on to food now…
In 2005 I did my dietetic internship in Boise Idaho. Now you may be wondering why Boise? We lived in Tucson, Arizona at the time, so it really isn’t that far away. If you have never visited Idaho, I highly recommend you visit the beautiful state. It is one of my most favorite states in the U.S. AND I have been to almost all of the states, my parents loved to travel when I was growing up.
Boise is a small town to me, but for those that live in Idaho, it is the largest city there. I lived in the cutest house, it was over hundred years old. Now my hubby would feel differently about this cute place, but there are stories to share for sure….but that is for another day.
I lived in town, and would walk to get my groceries, and the meal of choice for the day. There was a pizza and pasta place there, they had the BEST Caesar salad you will ever have. I still think about that Caesar salad, and really want to go back just for one last bite. There was a TCBY, and this wonderful little Greek restaurant I loved. I would go to the Greek restaurant for one thing, the Fattoush salad. Have you had a Fattoush salad before?
I have been trying to find a Fattoush salad similar to the one in Boise…..after 7 years of searching, I found one that comes close! Postmark Chef brought back so many wonderful memories, and so much more!
Here is a little about Postmark Chef, provided from their website:
“A simple desire to make fresh, high-quality pesto, inspired Joe Martinez and Nalini Sekhri Martinez to start Postmark Chef in 2010. Multiple trips across town to collect basil, pine nuts, parmeggiano reggiano cheese, and Tuscan olive oil, and ultimately wasted excess ingredients made them wonder how convenient it would be, if instead of criss-crossing a city to buy gourmet ingredients in portions that far exceeded what recipes required, the amateur gourmet had an opportunity to order most ingredients from one source, pre-measured and delivered right to their door? Postmark Chef makes this wish a delicious reality.”
Postmark Chef is definitely convenient for people with a busy lifestyle, or who really not experienced at cooking. The recipes provided are very detailed, with pictures to describe how to cut up or prepare an item.
There is a grocery list of the perishable items you would purchase once you receive the kit. For each ingredient you would purchase, there is an alternative, just in case you can’t find a specific item.
Each recipe is created by renowned chef and cookbook authors. You have your choice of cuisines from French American, Italian, Bombay Fusion cocktail party, and so much more.
I decided to try the Modern Fattoush Salad & Poached Pear Mascarpone Dessert, from Chef David Hagedorn. This was the perfect lunch for two, filling, and full of gorgeous flavors. I even had my first experience with rose water. Have you baked/cooked with rose water?
The Fattoush salad is a perfect way to enjoy a romantic lunch for two on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon! This recipe will get you ready for Summer with all the refreshing vegetables. There are unique ingredients in every bite, from the sweet flavors of pomegranate molasses, to Zaatar a Middle Eastern spice blend.
Since dessert is the best meal of the day, I mean heck we should be able to have dessert first, before the main course….just a thought! I loved this dessert choice, and it sounds so elegant! Poached Pears in Mascarpone.
This dessert included rose water when cooking the pears. This was my first time working with rose water, my house smelled amazing. I want to make some more treats with rose water VERY soon now!
This dessert is really easy to make, and really very versatile. If you cannot find pears, or the pears are too hard, you could use apples. Since I am a Greek yogurt junkie, instead of mascarpone, you could use Greek yogurt.
I really loved all the flavors in this dessert, especially the flavors of cardamom!!
Are you hungry now? Well perfect! Please head over to Postmark Chef and check out all the recipe kits they have to offer!
If you are interested in ordering a recipe kit, be sure to use the coupon code – CafeTerraBlog, and you can receive a 15% discount on a recipe kit.
So tell me, have you tried rose water in your cooking or baking? What have you made with rose water?
Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,
Disclaimer – I was given this recipe kit to review, all the opinions are my own.