We are homing in on our finals weeks of fond farewells to a season and to our beloved teachers. We hail them with undying gratitude for carrying us forward and steering us to another summer where days are void of schedules and serendipity is ever so sweet. Did someone say summer where time is elastic, breakfast is late and lunch is even later (and not because I have thoroughly tidied up in between meals.) Oh dear am I still in my PJ’s? Do I plod to my closet to pull out a pair of pants to take the clan on a hike? There may be whining if I attempt to prearrange something. Unscheduled time for play is limited until now…I may not rock the boat with plans immediately.I’ll enjoy my dirty carefree boys of summer and this year a disheveled feral animal, baby bear, will join in on the gamboling. Don’t worry they’ll be experiments in the kitchen; I do have a trick or two up my sleeves I wanted to share. I recently learned this simple yet time saving technique with thyme.
So if you had any reservations about using fresh thyme in a recipe because you didn’t want to painstakingly pull apart each minuscule leaf, you will rejoice now when you effortlessly pull the strand through a mini sieve and watch the leaves detach. Dried thyme doesn’t even come close to this vibrant good stuff…it’s aroma makes you want to roll around in it. Aesthetically it adds a funky texture to your space in the garden or in the nest. I especially love to see it because it reminds me of baby bear’s hair—many tiny,craggily and curvy strands eagerly growing in every direction. And for my second trick…I will show you how to be an expert avocado selector.Simply remove the knob off the avocado; if you see yellow the fruit is not ripe, green is just right and brown is over ripe. I do hope you get a few days this summer to hang out in PJ’s in your nest until late afternoon while using some thyme in perhaps your four cheese grilled cheese sandwich with a few slices of just right avocados. (Although our food processor broke so I will have to find another trick for blending the herbs and cheeses for the grilled cheese.) Happy frolicking this summer…may we all enjoy the great outdoors whenever we feel like it!