Saturday, September 3, 2011

Back To Kingsburg For A Smorgasbord Dinner

Following up on a tip given by a congenial server at the Stockholm Bakery & Café we returned to Kingsburg this May for the annual Swedish festival; a commemoration of all that is Swedish in California. The quiet town we had driven into nearly one year ago was transformed into a hive of activity: A local news crew was busy setting up for a broadcast, Tents were being erected for a street fair and Women in colorfully decorated costumes were weaving in and out of the crowd. This two day festival held every year on the third weekend of May is the result of voluntary effort by the residents of Kingsburg both of Swedish descent and other, for locals and visitors who are welcomed with warmth, grace and joy.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Crisp Savory Crêpe Pockets: Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls

This tasty treat is a Sri Lankan favorite that falls into the category of popular dishes referred to as “Short Eats”. Sri Lanka’s version of hors d’oeuvres, short eats are usually served at snack time and at parties. A children’s favorite, housewives and cafes turn out short eats that are staples and new variations that are mouth-wateringly tasty. The Sri Lankan Chinese Roll is quite different from the well known Chinese spring rolls and egg rolls popular in the west. This tasty short eat is a type of crêpe with a filled center of fish, meat or vegetable wrapped into a roll, coated with bread crumbs, and deep fried to a golden brown. It is then served with ketchup or MD Tomato Sauce.

In this recipe I refer to them as Crêpe Pockets since I find folding them over into near rectangular parcels easier than shaping them into rolls. This style also allows for more filling to be placed in the center. The versatility of this dish is such that, by being creative with the filling, it can be turned into a one dish lunch or dinner allowing you to sneak in vegetables that children are usually reluctant to eat. It can also be made in advance and frozen to be deep fried before serving.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lavender’s Blue, Dilly Dilly, Lavender’s Green

Tucked away in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, California is an oasis of serenity colored by purple and permeated by the fragrance of myriad varieties of lavender. Located in Turlock, just minutes off of Route 99 is Pageo Lavender Farm.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Swedish Pancakes For Dinner

Last year, a trip to Sequoia National Park had us driving along California’s Route 99, the “Old Road” through the San Joaquin Valley. In preparation for the trip we downloaded an article with a list of places to check out en route. The article was old, and as we discovered while some places were still alive and kicking, others were long gone. The beauty of this dynamic “Main Street” highway however, is that along with those that have managed to survive and thrive, new equally interesting places have come into being perpetuating the lifeblood of the communities that live in The Valley south of Sacramento.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Route 99

The fastest and most preferred way to get through the San Joaquin Valley, the southern half of the Central Valley, is to take Interstate 5, otherwise referred to as “The 5” or “5” depending upon whether you call Los Angeles or the Bay Area home. Interstate 5 which runs along the western edge of United States was built in the 1950’s as a bypass and at that it truly excels, cutting travel time between California’s northern and southern cities.

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