Being a morning person, I take great pleasure in those moments of silence before the world starts to rumble.  It is so rare that I’m not moving, not working, not thinking about what I’m doing next, that I find this time to be vital to my well-being.  I use this part of the day to write, to read, and, on weekends, before everyone is up and after I’ve taken the pup out for her morning constitutional, to make scones.

To say that I’m a bit scone obsessed is an understatement.  The scone base that I’ve created here is the culmination of a lot of testing (it’s tough work, but someone’s gotta do it!) and it’s my pleasure to announce that this is a recipe that does not disappoint.  I’ve used it to make everything from chocolate cherry scones to savory scones and now this recipe for peach scones.  It has just the right amount of sugar, and the tough outside with the soft, slightly bready inside … it’s exactly what I look for in this kind of pastry.

Unlike making muffins, preparing scones is a very hands on experience.  My favorite part of the whole process is when I get to fold and cut the dough into those imperfect triangles and brush them with the last of the milk.  It makes me feel like an artist and the table is my canvas.  I also (shamelessly) love that you can snack away at the “raw” dough because there’s no egg in this recipe (not that that’s ever stopped me from sticking my finger into cookie or cake batter).

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  • EthanJuly 19, 2011 - 12:11 am

    I am soooo not a morning person, but I think if I had the smell of these wafting through the house, I could be convinced to crawl into the kitchen!
    congrats on Techmunch, can’t wait to hear about it!ReplyCancel

  • TerraJuly 19, 2011 - 12:24 am

    Ummmm…YUM!!!! I love the idea of adding peaches to my scones. What a perfect start to any morning:-)
    Take care, TerraReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkJuly 19, 2011 - 1:08 am

    Love baking scones for the reasons you mentioned in your post…licking the dough and dirtying my hands :) The scones look yum.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 19, 2011 - 1:15 am

    Scones looks perfect! I can almost smell sweet peaches in these buttery goodness! YUM!
    I am a great fan of scones, will definitely try your version!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJuly 19, 2011 - 1:19 am

    Being a morning person i can totally relate to this. Nothing better than the whiff of peach scones in the morning.

    And Congratulations on Techmunch, Brian! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 19, 2011 - 3:12 am

    I’m not a morning person but I understand that need to have a quiet moment to yourself, I just do it at night! I do love scones and even I might get up a little earlier to make these. Good luck on Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • NishiJuly 19, 2011 - 3:18 am

    WOW!!! How I wish I could be that morning person. The scone looks so perfect and delicious Brian. Loved the shots as well :)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 19, 2011 - 6:51 am

    How excited am I to hear you talk? You can’t even imagine. So happy for and proud of you Brian!

    Your scone recipes never fail to leave me floored. It’s hard to find the perfect scone base, but I do believe you’ve done it.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJuly 19, 2011 - 7:08 am

    Hey Brian
    I think I found my breakfast this morning! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, my wife is going to love these tasty little treats!
    Congrats on speaking at the techmuch, how cool is that, I hope we get to see it online!

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJuly 19, 2011 - 7:16 am

    These scones look perfect! How delicious to use fresh summer peaches.ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameJuly 19, 2011 - 7:31 am

    I’ll be at the conference … can’t wait to hear you speak on the panel! And peach scones? Yes, please.ReplyCancel

  • GailJuly 19, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Mmmmm….peach scones.
    Say no more.ReplyCancel

  • RJ FlamingoJuly 19, 2011 - 8:34 am

    I may try this with mangos. Yum!

    And congrats on your upcoming panel! You’ll be fabulous – can’t wait to hear all about it. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelJuly 19, 2011 - 8:43 am

    I’m dying for my favorite local farm to harvest their peaches! Can’t wait for Sunday :) See you then!ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeJuly 19, 2011 - 9:04 am

    I am very much a morning person. Its a total recharge time for me. Its what I’m doing right now…coffee on hand and yogurt savored. That is terrific you are going to speak at a conference. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJuly 19, 2011 - 9:04 am

    You and your scones. It’s just a match made in heaven. Sometimes you remind me of my friend Mat, who also, incidentally, is from NJ and loves sconesReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 19, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Your guy is one lucky man for sure . . . freestone peaches are just coming on here so will pick some up soon – CONGRATS on the panelist gig Brian!!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 19, 2011 - 9:36 am

    I love peaches and scones and this looks like the perfect thing for morning! Congrats on the being a panelist :-)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 19, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Like you, I’m a moring person. I love the stillness of the early morning hours. I also love scones. Any kind or variety. When peaches are in season here I’ll be making these. Nothing beats an early weekend morning than a cup of tea and fresh scone. So good.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsJuly 19, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Excellent! Now I know what I’m making with my bag of peaches!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • KellyJuly 19, 2011 - 11:59 am

    I LOVE scones and these look delicious! Great recipe and fabulous photos! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hester aka The Chef DocJuly 19, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    Oh wow, I’ve never made scones without using eggs before. I can’t wait to try your recipe out, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • MeganJuly 19, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    I found such great peaches at the farmers market this week and have been eating them in salads. Scones would be another great use for them! I absolutely love scones too, and I always get upset when people say they don’t like scones. I know they are envisioning these dense, dry pastries, but scones are truly moist and fluffy when made right.

    I can’t make it to TechMunch, but I’m sure your talk will be fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 19, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    Have you heard of the Muffin Man? You’re the Scone Man! :) Love these!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 19, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    Love the peaches I can tell they are oozing with the right mix of sweet and tartness. Not a morning person but can appreciate a morning pastry whether for breakfast brunch or even as a dessert. Congrat Bri on Techmuch!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupJuly 19, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Peaches in summer. Scones all year long. That’s my secret to happiness. GREGReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)July 19, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Good luck to you. They chose you because they know you are going to be fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJuly 19, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    I have never had peaches in my scones before but I’m thinking.. afternoon tea with peach scones, with peach preserves on top and whipped cream on top of that


  • AnnJuly 19, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    My husband would be right there with you…he loves the quiet morning and he loves, Loves, LOVES scones! Me? I wanna sleep in! Beautiful recipe and photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJuly 19, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    I love quiet time in the morning to read. I also adore scones and make them on the weekends when I’m not making waffles. Your peaches are so pretty! Congrats on the techmunch gig! Wish I could here your discussion.:)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 20, 2011 - 2:31 am

    I love the morning but have a terrible time waking at that quiet, perfect hour. Nothing compares to it, though. And scones. Yes. I tasted a perfect scone about a month ago and it ruined me.ReplyCancel

  • AmyJuly 20, 2011 - 7:46 am

    Scones aren’t usually part of our breakfast fare around here, but I’m thinking they should be, especially with all the peaches we have at our disposal right now.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 20, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Another scone lover here. Too often scones seems just shy of being biscotti…way too dry. Your description of them is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • KristaJuly 20, 2011 - 9:48 am

    Congrats! on the speaking engagement. They made a great choice asking you. And thanks for posting this recipe, I’m constantly in search of a great scone recipe to satisfy my love for a good scone breakfast. Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 20, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Mmnnnn. . . I LOVES me some scones, I think that they are just peachy!

    yo -> nosotrosReplyCancel

  • Kim BeeJuly 20, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Hi, I came over from Angela Pritchett’s blog. She had such nice things to say about you that I just had to come check you out. Glad I did. This recipe is amazing and I enjoying myself cruising around your site. Have a great day. KimReplyCancel

  • Plate and PourJuly 20, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    Your blog is wonderful and your photography is stunning. This recipe sounds delicious! Idon’t usually make scones for breakfast, but these look so tasty that I will have to give them a try!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 20, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    fabulous post! Wonderful work!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJuly 20, 2011 - 11:17 pm

    I am currently obsessed with peaches… Can’t wait to give these scones a try!ReplyCancel

  • CeliaJuly 21, 2011 - 8:28 am

    Yum! Love a good scone – most people gain their freshman 15 in college from fried foods, I gained mine from the scones at the coffee shop on my corner. A nice, fruity, fluffy scone just can’t be beat – especially in the morning, with tea. Great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron LaneJuly 21, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    I also a morning person so I can completely relate. Making these scones could certainly serve as a morning meditation — and eating them would be even more soulful. I’ve been cooking with peaches a lot lately, and will definitely add this one to the mix. Maybe with a pinch of saffron, as well.ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ ScandifoodieJuly 23, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    Oh yes! I’m definitely a morning person too – mornings are the best time! These scones look wonderful, I can’t wait for stone fruit to be back in season here in Australia! ;-) xReplyCancel

  • ElianaJuly 27, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    You’re putting the scones I just blogged about today to shame. These look amazing Brian.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJuly 30, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Love that image of the peaches!!ReplyCancel

  • SukainaAugust 2, 2011 - 6:51 am

    Brian, these scones look great. I’ve never eaten a scone before but you have me tempted. Congratulations on being a panelist and thanks for taking part in Monthly Mingle.ReplyCancel

  • bettyAugust 3, 2011 - 10:22 pm

    THEY LOOK GREAT :)ReplyCancel

  • » Best Scones Yet Monday BakerAugust 8, 2011 - 6:18 am

    […] I followed the recipe exactly (minus the fruit substitution) and so I’ll give you the link to Brian’s Peach Scones recipe.  Good […]ReplyCancel

About a year ago, I came across the blog, I Am A Feeder, and I was immediately hooked.  Jackie, the writer and photographer, has a personality that permeates off the screen.  Beyond her recipes and writing, however, is her incredible energy.  She’s sexy (check out her Nudie Foodie profile), funny, and, as I experienced when I met her a few months ago when she came to visit Boston, one of the most outgoing individuals I have ever met.

When Jackie asked me to write a post for her blog, there was no hesitation whatsoever (anytime darling!). I know she’s been quite busy with… well… life (yes, we bloggers have lives outside of these posts).

So, now I want to direct you all to my guest post at I Am A Feeder, where you will get this recipe for a very easy Bourbon Chocolate Cake.  Enjoy!

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  • Baker StreetJuly 15, 2011 - 4:06 am

    Great clicks Brian. Heading over to Jackie’s. :)ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 15, 2011 - 5:36 am

    Can’t miss any chocolate cake recipe! Looks great! will check out Jackie’s blog right away :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJuly 15, 2011 - 6:17 am

    Yum, can’t wait to check it out!ReplyCancel

  • MedejaJuly 15, 2011 - 6:31 am

    It looks very good! Amazingly delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJuly 15, 2011 - 7:04 am

    Jax’s is such a sweetheart, and quite a cutie too! I would have a hard time refusing her anything!

    That bourbon cake looks delicious and I am on way to see Jackie now!

  • A Plum By Any Other NameJuly 15, 2011 - 7:07 am

    Ah bourbon and chocolate together at last … looks lovely. And easy (no silly, not that kind of easy: get your mind out of the Nudie Foodie gutter!). ;)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsJuly 15, 2011 - 7:20 am

    Heading over…that looks incredible!!!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJuly 15, 2011 - 8:02 am

    You said easy, you said bourbon, and I came running. Yup, I am that easy to please. Off to check out your guest post!ReplyCancel

  • MariJuly 15, 2011 - 9:48 am

    Looks delicious! It has tempted me. Thank for the recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshJuly 15, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Heading over – looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Jun BelenJuly 15, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Bourbon? You had me at Bourbon! I’m heading over now at Jackie’s for the recipe. Looks so simple and easy!ReplyCancel

  • PeggyJuly 15, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Going over to check it out now! Being from KY, you had me at “bourbon”!ReplyCancel

  • NikkiJuly 15, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Wow, so much easier than my chocolate bourbon cake! I will have to try this one out… thanks!ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksJuly 15, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Anything with bourbon has my vote! :)ReplyCancel

  • KristenJuly 15, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    As always, gorgeous pics… headed over to check out this cake!ReplyCancel

  • RavieNomNomsJuly 15, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    You had me at Bourbon haha. This looks so great!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJuly 15, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Just checked out the recipe. Simply delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 15, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    Okay going to check out the recipe now. Looks GOOD!ReplyCancel

  • Sasha @ The ProcrastobakerJuly 15, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    Heading over RIGHT now, this cake has everything going for it, bourbon…chocolate..just the fact its cake! Gorgeous :) and your photos…temptation personified!ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)July 15, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    This looks quite delicious! On my way over!ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 15, 2011 - 10:49 pm

    Heading there now….picture looks GREAT!ReplyCancel

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviarJuly 15, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Chocolate… bourbon… what more do I need to go look? :-DReplyCancel

  • MaureenJuly 16, 2011 - 12:28 am

    I’ve got to have this recipe!! I’m off!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 16, 2011 - 1:21 am

    Great clicks, as always! I gotta try the recipe too as it looks delectable!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 16, 2011 - 6:52 am

    bourbon . . . bourbon . . . bourbon . . . yep, had me at bourbon . . .ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 16, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always, Brian! And thanks for turning me on to another blog.ReplyCancel

  • […] permeates off the screen. Beyond her recipes and writing, however, … … Read more: {Recipe: Easy Bourbon Chocolate Cake} ← Rose's Recipes — the Best Banana Cake Ever | SweetChocolate Mastering the Art of […]ReplyCancel

  • The Chocolate PriestessJuly 16, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    It sort of reminds me a brownie in looks.ReplyCancel

  • Looks like a great cake! Going to read about it now!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 17, 2011 - 7:08 am

    I love the guest post, Brian! We food bloggers do like to infuse our foods with alcohol, that’s for sure. I’ve never really experimented much with bourbon but suffice it to say that I will be after seeing this cake!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 17, 2011 - 8:58 am

    I’m late to the party but I echo the other comments. Looks incredible and I’m a big bourbon fan so this will surely taste incredible!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraJuly 17, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    Nice guest post…the cake looks delish!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJuly 17, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    You, Jax, and this cake are all equally gorgeous. Baci! xxReplyCancel

  • MonetJuly 17, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    I saw your lovely post a few days ago…two of my favorite people! Love you both.ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeJuly 18, 2011 - 8:15 am

    Beautiful top photo of that bourbon cake!ReplyCancel

  • LirenJuly 18, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Chocolate? Bourbon? Cake? So appropriate for the sweet and saucy Jax!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 18, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    Love this cake. I can totally see it here going with tea. Sounds delicious!! Great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 18, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    & of couse Jackie is a temptress!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 19, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    MMnnnn!. . . I LOVES me some chocolate cake.

    A pesar de esto tiene que ver con un pastel de chocolate real, me encanta esta canción que tiene que ver con un pastel de chocolate que es un poco más metafórico.

  • SaraJuly 20, 2011 - 9:33 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog–exciting to find such a great looking Boston-based blog. This cake looks great too. Am hopping over for the recipe now!ReplyCancel

  • JoyJuly 23, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    The cake looks great.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJuly 27, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    You had me at bourbon. And then again at chocolate. And then again at an easy cake recipe. SOLD SOLD SOLD :)ReplyCancel

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I don’t do well with extreme temperatures.  This may sound weird for someone who has lived in the northeast their whole life.  Honestly though, I may be more suited for the climate of California than New England because my body freaks out when it is exposed to weather that is below 32 or above 80.  Take, for example, the current temperatures here in Boston: humid, mid-80s.  All I want is ice: ice coffee, ice cream… ice cubes.

So, it’s on days like this when nothing feels better than a scoop of lemon ice.  As a kid, I remember going to theme parks and we would pick up an ice slushi or Italian ice from a local stand.  It was the only thing that could relieve us from the scorching heat.

It was over two years ago when I first saw this granita (an Italian shaved ice dessert) recipe on Smitten Kitchen and I immediately bookmarked it in my brain.   The time to pull it out came a few weeks ago when I couldn’t take the heat any longer and all I wanted to do was stick my head in the freezer.

And, as simple as this granita is to make, it also feels both elegant and playful.  Serve this at your next barbecue and I am certain that you will have your guests smiling.  Plus, it can be boozified with the liquor of your choice (we topped it with gin, but I am sure vodka would be equally delicious) or left kid-friendly.

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  • Baker StreetJuly 11, 2011 - 12:03 am

    Summer delight. Love it. Simple and delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 11, 2011 - 12:33 am

    love the sunny pictures, perfect with the lemon!ReplyCancel

  • CharisJuly 11, 2011 - 1:16 am

    Lovely! I wish I had lemons like that here!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJuly 11, 2011 - 3:11 am

    What a delightful summery treat! Just perfect for a hot day.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 11, 2011 - 6:34 am

    Love this summer treat…and the lemon presentation is delightful!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJuly 11, 2011 - 7:28 am

    I loved getting Italian ices as a kid, though the flavors certainly weren’t like this :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)July 11, 2011 - 7:49 am

    I love the idea of boozifying this! Maybe some St. Germain or Limoncello? Very pretty photos.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitJuly 11, 2011 - 8:26 am

    Holding onto a frozen lemon cup with minty lemon ice crystals is definitely a refreshing Summer treat to all senses.ReplyCancel

  • Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}July 11, 2011 - 8:39 am

    I adore this! I am thinking I will make this and keep it in a liquid to take to my next lighthouse vacation and freeze it there! Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJuly 11, 2011 - 8:44 am

    This really is a perfect summer recipe! Your photos are amazing as usual.ReplyCancel

  • KathleenJuly 11, 2011 - 8:51 am

    Lovely treat. Please have you model get a manicure for the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelJuly 11, 2011 - 9:01 am

    Genius serving bowl!! I’m never on the ball enough to think up something like that but I LOVE shaved flavored ice or a good frozen lemonade. You had me cracking up about the weather and your dislike for the highs and lows. I am SO with you. Fingers crossed the ac is working well at techmunch! :)ReplyCancel

  • JamieJuly 11, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Absolutely love granita and love lemon slushies like this! Fabulous perfect summer treat!ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshJuly 11, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Great post! I have some lemons as well as a bunch of mint from my CSA – can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • BukycooksJuly 11, 2011 - 10:58 am

    We could use some of your icy treat here in Hotlanta where the temps have been in the 90’s!ReplyCancel

  • BunkycooksJuly 11, 2011 - 10:59 am

    The iPad didn’t like Bunkycooks. :)ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 11, 2011 - 11:01 am

    can use some of this today – hoo-baby it’s hot!! love, love, love Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!July 11, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Mmm, I do love a good granita… Should post mine that I made a while back!ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlJuly 11, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    I love this sort of summer dessert. Perfect for the heat of Boston too! On my way in four days– yay!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJuly 11, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Your husband is a lucky man! I just sit here and salivate every time you post!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 11, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    I did use an ice cream maker to recently make a Limoncello sorbet which some people think you make instead of granitas because you do have a machine. Not true!

    Seriously…just yesterday was wishing I had a snow cone machine; why are those amazing little treats only for the young; don’t us ‘young at heart’ count too? :)

    I think a granita the closest thing ever and probably the best way possible to combat the heat; those cool icy crystals on your tongue. Yes, YUM!ReplyCancel

  • MeganJuly 11, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Gorgeous presentation!ReplyCancel

  • fivefinickyeatersJuly 11, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I must make room in my freezer to create this zesty treats. They look like the perfect cool down treat.ReplyCancel

  • EthanJuly 11, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    I am pro lemon mint granita served in the lemon!ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)July 11, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    What a wonderful treat for hot summer days!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsJuly 11, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Well, Brian, I would GLADLY trade spaces with you today. Foggy. Cold. Drizzly. Gray. BLAH!

    Every time I have a dinner party, and the guests have all left, I think – I should have made a granita. Have yet to try my hand at making one. I love the lemon/mint combo; refreshing and prefect for between courses!ReplyCancel

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviarJuly 11, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    This sounds soooo cool and refreshing. I love anything lemon and the addition of the mint sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @ Food DoodlesJuly 11, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Yum! That looks delicious :) I love that you served them in the lemon “shells” :D So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 11, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Beautiful! I lived in Sicily for three years and ONLY in the month of August, they served lemon granita stuffed inside warm brioche…it was incredible! Thanks for taking me back!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 11, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    MMMnnn. . . I LOVES me some granita, especially when it’s not granite.

    Smitten kitchen es el fuente, y a thought for food es el puente.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 11, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    Love granitas! This one looks really refreshing and love the idea of it inside a lemon to be able to hold it. Another great recipe and beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 12, 2011 - 12:23 am

    I shall start making some too! Actually just got some bio lemons and they still lay in the fridge. Thanks, Brian, for sharing it.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 12, 2011 - 5:46 am

    So simple yet so elegant! Love this recipe :) Granitas rock!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 12, 2011 - 6:52 am

    If you don’t do well with heat then don’t move to CA either, at least not LA it’s HOT here now. I could use some of this granita to cool off, boozified of course with a little vodka ;-)ReplyCancel

    • ShowShantiJuly 22, 2011 - 12:01 am

      I’m on the same wavelength with a little rum or vodka…ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 12, 2011 - 7:48 am

    Well I can’t take heat either. Just can’t. And this is just the kind of thing I want to chill! :-)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 12, 2011 - 7:56 am

    The only weather extreme I hate is the cold, but that’s because I have some weird internal temperature that allows me to be perfectly comfortable at 90 degrees. That being said, I’m always in the mood for a sweet cold treat of any kind. These granitas sound delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Diana @ a girl, a dog and an ovenJuly 12, 2011 - 10:06 am

    I live in the northeast and I hate temperature extremes too. Temperate climate my Aunt Fanny! The past few years I feel like we’re either freezing or melting…what happened to in between, perfect springtime 75 degrees? This looks like the perfect afternoon treat for a day like today! Definitely going to try it! :-)ReplyCancel

  • albertJuly 12, 2011 - 11:45 am

    great, simple intro to granita! will definitely be trying this sometime this summerReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 12, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Omg my mouth is watering! Another great post by you!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchess.comJuly 12, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Im just like you with weather extremes. I could happily move to California or Northern Italy. I remember many summers in Sicily eating lemon granita in a big brioche for breakfast. Your granita looks delizioso!:)ReplyCancel

  • KellyJuly 13, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Such a perfect summer treat! This looks great! :)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 14, 2011 - 1:30 am

    I guess you should just move to California then, right? Although I’d trade a little of your heat for this terrible, depressing fog. It’s almost as thick as rain, and it’s got the bite of Alaska in it. I’ve been dying to make granita this summer, and this looks delicious. Just waiting for it to get warm enough!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and DessertsJuly 14, 2011 - 11:09 am

    So simple, and so delicious! Love your presentation using the lemon again!ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistJuly 14, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    You are always welcome in California! :) Bring some of this granita with you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 15, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    I rememeber that when I was young they would take the fruits as you did and turn them into ice and then fill the shells,we had coconuts, oranges, passion fruit…etc.

    Lovely post.ReplyCancel

  • Elle at Eat BoutiqueJuly 21, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Absolutely love the lemon as a cup! These look perfect for the weather we are getting up here in the Northeast. I’m happy Eat Boutique headquarters are basically a giant refrigerator. Beautiful job.ReplyCancel

  • Karen MorssJuly 21, 2011 - 11:01 am

    This looks just perfect for a day like today! We still have some nice summer Meyer lemons if anyone wants to try making it with them. All natural too!
    Karen, the OrchardessReplyCancel

  • G.July 21, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots! I’m obsessed with any type of lemony dessert, and this would be so perfect for dessert tonight. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • ShowShantiJuly 21, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    Wow! Perfect for my hot Beijing days! We have Meyer lemons galore in China so I can imagine this granita, GREAT! Have you tried it with a little rum or vodka? Or another liquor?ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJuly 27, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    Sure could have used like 37 servings of this granita this past weekend. I’ll have to catch up this weekend when temps rise again.ReplyCancel

  • […] This Lemon Mint Granita looks so refreshing! […]ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicAugust 19, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Beautifully simple recipe. Thanks for sharing Brian! Bookmarking this .. the warm weather is not very far away now here in Australia!ReplyCancel

I’ve tried a lot of new ingredients since I started this blog a few years ago.  When people raved about squash blossoms, I scoured the farmer’s markets until I finally got my hands on some.  Fiddleheads became an obsession of mine for the months that they were in season.  And now I’ve moved on to garlic scape, which has found a very special place in my foodie heart.

The first time I’d heard about garlic scape was on the blogosphere this time last year but I never made the effort to track some down.  Thankfully, with the help of our CSA, I have had a formal introduction.

One way to look at the garlic scape is as a shoot.  These shoots grow out of the garlic bulb that we are most familiar with as it develops in the ground.  When the garlic is harvested, the shoots, earthy green hued with whimsical curls,  can be separated from the bulb and be consumed either raw or cooked. It’s flavor is not as potent as the garlic we are used to, making it wonderfully versatile.

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  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 7, 2011 - 12:10 am

    Love the simplicity in this dear…I’ve never had garlic scape but sure do want to try it soon. Gorgeous shoot from above of the perfectly cut slices!ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkJuly 7, 2011 - 12:12 am

    Love those garlic scape curls! We use it quite often in our chutney, stuffed Indian flat breads and chapattis. I sprinkle them over my soup and curries as well. Would love to try on my piza next time.ReplyCancel

  • AggieJuly 7, 2011 - 12:37 am

    I have yet to try a scape! Would love this for breakfast with an egg on top…now that is good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 7, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Oh wait ! what is garlic scape? Is the same thing as Sanjeeta said? (because then I have used it and LOVE it) I’m going to google that because anything that’s remotely ‘garlic’ is love :-) And this is just the kind of pizza i would think of to make with it!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 7, 2011 - 4:07 am

    I’m sold, I’m going to track down some garlic scapes and make this!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJuly 7, 2011 - 7:03 am

    I’ve never heard of a garlic scape but if you put it on pizza I imagine I’d like it:-)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantryJuly 7, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Love this! I never knew what garlic scapes were until we had a CSA share 4 years ago. Even though we don’t have the share anymore, I’ve tracked them down since–they’re that memorable. Never thought to put them on pizza before, though, so thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 7, 2011 - 7:38 am

    I’ve been loving garlic scapes also! A little foodie obsession, if you will. This pizza looks like the perfect way to really let them shine! I would definitely love to wake up to this.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on FoodJuly 7, 2011 - 7:39 am

    I love garlic scapes. You’re right though they are so hard to find. This year there was some at my local natural food store and I just got some. Normally I just saute them with olive oil and eat them as a side. I love the idea of a pizza topping. Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 7, 2011 - 7:40 am

    I love the idea of a breakfast pizza with a fried egg! Love garlic scapes!ReplyCancel

  • CandaceJuly 7, 2011 - 7:55 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I tried garlic scapes for the first time last weekend and loved them. Thankfully, I have some more to try in something else. Your pizza looks like the next garlic scape adventure for me. I love the idea of having a fried egg on top of it. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • a spoonful of yummJuly 7, 2011 - 8:10 am

    i love it that the pizza is not round :D the toppings are delicious for sure ! this is a must tryReplyCancel

  • chrisJuly 7, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I have always said that blogging has made me an adventurous eater. I just tried squash blossoms a fee weeks ago when several were staring at me in the school’s garden. Now I need to move onto garlic scapes. They look stunning on the pizza. Simple elegance….ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 7, 2011 - 8:59 am

    A pizza after my own heart Brian! I haven’t put a red sauce on pizza dough for years; I just love the simplicity of olive oil and fresh veggies and this fits that bill perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • SuesJuly 7, 2011 - 9:07 am

    I’ve been dying to cook with garlic scape, too… And I’m pretty sure you found the ideal way to use them! This looks wonderful :)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 7, 2011 - 9:16 am

    I picked up garlic scapes last weekend for the first time as well. I love what you did with them! I still haven’t incorporated mine into a recipe yet. This looks just perfect, and I’m a big fan of pizza without red sauce. Great recipe as always!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJuly 7, 2011 - 9:38 am

    I love love garlic scapes. Interesting choice keeping them whole on the pizza instead of chopped at all.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJuly 7, 2011 - 9:50 am

    I have developed quite the garlic scape obsession over the last year. This pizza looks just perfect… Bursting with my favorite flavors of summer!ReplyCancel

  • RavieNomNomsJuly 7, 2011 - 10:34 am

    YUM! That looks absolutely fantastic! I would just love to have something like this right now in my belly!ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ A Nesting ExperienceJuly 7, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Garlic scapes are so hot right now. This looks beautiful and delicious. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 7, 2011 - 11:42 am

    This looks fabulous! Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve never had Garlic Scape, but they seem to be very popular…making a pizza of them – amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 7, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    MMMnnn. . . I LOVES me some scape, especially when it can’t escape.

    Obviamente, la comida es más que el combustible, sin embargo debe alimentar nuestra vida?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)July 7, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    How pretty! I had my first brush with scapism this year too – made scape pesto and scape and pecorino frittata.
    Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Alan CookeJuly 7, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    I love Pizza and I love garlic, so I’m sure I’d love this garlic scape pizza!! :) Sounds great and the pics are awesome!!

  • EthanJuly 7, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    educational too around here! thanks for teaching me Bri:)ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJuly 7, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Love this! I always see the garlic scapes at the farmer’s market but don’t know what to do with them. This is a great idea.
    I’ve never seen squash blossoms around here at the markets…but I have some of my own growing in my garden and I’ve been tempted to try them.ReplyCancel

  • Kimmy @ Lighter and LocalJuly 7, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    So simple and pretty. I normally chop the scapes up to use them, but I absolutely hate doing it. They’re just so pretty in their natural form. I still have some in the fridge, will definitely be doing this sometime this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ ScandifoodieJuly 7, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    Hmmm I’m thinking this will make a perfect Friday night dinner for tonight! Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • kankanaJuly 7, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    I never heard of garlic scape but those curls look so pretty! I didn’t see those in the farmers market I go to. This pizza looks so perfect .. light and simple to make.ReplyCancel

  • Alan FinkelsteinJuly 7, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Hi, that looks very good. However, I thought the reason why I am cutting those out of garlic cloves is that the scapes are indigestible. I must be wrong about this.ReplyCancel

  • Leah @ L4LJuly 7, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    I’ve been obsessing over the scapes in our CSA too! Love that we’re getting them every week!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyJuly 7, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    I’m sad to say that I’ve never had the privilege of tasting a garlic scape! I am now on a mission to change that! This looks divine love!ReplyCancel

  • Maris (In Good Taste)July 7, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    What a delicious pizza. It looks so pretty too!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 7, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    I have never tasted Garlic Scape but now want to soooo badly!! LOVE th pizza. Looks gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 8, 2011 - 12:41 am

    Haven’t had garlic scape in a LONG while…sounds like a perfect and delicious idea to make them as a pizza topping.ReplyCancel

  • LindseyJuly 8, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I finally conquered the garlic scape too. I made pesto which is a standard prep but it definitely didn’t disappoint. Your pizza has inspired me to make pizza or focaccia with the rest of the pesto.ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 8, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Hey Bri, great post. This reminds me of Pizza Bianca I love so much but don;t have often enough. Last season I gor scapes and had no clue how to incorporate them. Great use of seasonal and gave me an idea, Thx!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 8, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    garlic scapes are sooooo good Brian and adding an egg on top for breakfast the next day – YES!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa H.July 8, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    Oh dear… I have wasted a lot of garlic scapes as I usually cut and throw away these garlic ‘shoot’… didn’t know that it can be used in cooking (duh!!! that’s me)… I will sure save them next time I harvest my garlic :)
    Wonderful scrumptious Pizza… :DReplyCancel

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteJuly 9, 2011 - 2:47 am

    White pizza? Check. Scapes? Check. YUM. And yes, an egg on top? Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJuly 9, 2011 - 9:19 am

    I know I can always count on you to teach me something new! I have never heard of Garlic Scape, but you can be certain I will be on the lookout for it now!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's KitchenJuly 9, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Oh now I need to track down a scape of my own! Looks superb!!ReplyCancel

  • The Pleasure MongerJuly 9, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard of garlic scape (I’m such a noob…), and it sounds like a wonderful ingredient. By the way, I totally agree with you serving this pizza with a fried egg on top, it’s MY KIND of pizza!!ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 9, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    So perfect and summery! It’s hard to find garlic scapes out here, which is silly. (Don’t know why onion scapes were more easily found. A conundrum!)ReplyCancel

  • LenoreJuly 10, 2011 - 11:44 am

    When I first read “Garlic Scape,” I thought it had something to do with the pretty designs on your pizza! Obviously, I had never heard of this delicious-sounding shoot before. Now, I need to hunt some down.ReplyCancel

  • MonetJuly 10, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    Oh lovely. Garlic scape. I’ve seen it at the market, but I’ve yet to use it. I’m going to need to change that. This pizza looks just lovely. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I’m hungry now! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and I’m wishing you a week full of love and laughter!ReplyCancel

  • JamieJuly 11, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Such a lighter and fresher way to eat our weekly pizza and so inspiring! Thanks for letting me in on this mysterious, intriguing ingredient, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • […] with an abundance of garlic scapes and zucchini in my CSA basket last week and inspired by A Thought for Food’s gorgeous photos, I decided to attempt pizza-making. My previous attempts have always been rather […]ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJuly 18, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    This dough is way easier to prepare than I expected! Adding that one to the keep handy list!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJuly 30, 2011 - 10:29 am

    I love making homemade pizza; however, I’ve never experimented with garlic scapes. I wonder if they are still available at our local markets. Definitely checking this weekend.ReplyCancel

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  • […] with Garlic Scape Pesto Grilled Stuffed Naan with Garlic Scape Chutney Pickled Garlic Scapes Garlic Scape Pizza White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip Garlic Scape Carbonara Polenta with Sauteed Braising Greens […]ReplyCancel

Did you know that I have a bucket list?  Yes, it’s true.  I have a bucket list of things that I want to cook by the end of 2011.

One item on the list is a layered cake.  I’m terrified of making one, because, until recently, I wasn’t much of a baker.  The idea of not only having to make the layers and the icing… but then actually ICE THE CAKE… well, it still makes me a bit nervous.  But I’m going to do it!  I promise!

Another item on the list is Indian food.  I want to make one authentic Indian dish before 2012 rolls around.  It could be matar paneer masala or fish with a traditional curry sauce, but I want to make something that is up there with some of the best Indian restaurants I’ve eaten at.  Again, the idea of this scares me.  But gosh darn it, I’m going to do it!

In the meantime, however, I am bringing you a guest post from my dear friend and talented food blogger, Prerna of Indian Simmer, who, as you can tell from looking at her beautiful blog, cooks only Indian recipes.  Her photographs are nothing short of stunning and her posts are always so informative.

So now I leave you in Prerna’s very reliable hands.  Enjoy!

I don’t remember how Brian and I got to know each other. I came across his blog first or he came across mine. But something I clearly remember is that as soon as I saw the gorgeous work he was doing on his website, I was hooked! Every few days I had to get my dose of A Thought For Food. I went back again to look at his photography and go, “Gosh, I wanna take that shot!” To read his stories and think, “Yes, that’s exactly what happened to me.” And today here I am, back on A Thought For Food, but this time I’m the one talking. Brian, thanks for the honor!

It’s the 4th of July and you must either be on a vacation with the family, out having a picnic or back in your backyard firing up the grill. This is when you can steal some time and enjoy it with people you love and care about. I too am celebrating with the tiny little family of mine. And while climbing the tree with your little one or chasing her in an open field, come pouring the memories of childhood.

I remember as children we did not have the luxury of getting away every long weekend. We had to wait the whole year for the summers to come until there were summer vacations. Every summer vacation our parents would take us to a new place. A new city every summer. India is a country of diverse cultures and one part of the country is so different from the other. So every trip used to be a new experience. Every summer used to be different from the previous. This one summer we went to Bombay (now Mumbai), the big city with the ocean, local trains, bustling streets and vada pav! Vada Pav was the first thing that we ate at the train station as soon as we stepped into the city. I remember me and my dad loving it so much that we ate just vada pav for the next three days! A fried potato dumpling sandwiched between two pieces of a pav (bread). It was good and its taste lasted long – until today!

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  • Nelly RodriguezJuly 4, 2011 - 12:09 am

    I’ve had this. I love this. I need to get mustard seeds and chickpea flour to make these. Love the styling in the pictures as well and now headed to visit a new-to-me blog, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJuly 4, 2011 - 12:13 am

    Great pictures and it looks so authentic. :)

    P.S: I’m with you on that layer cake bit.ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameJuly 4, 2011 - 12:51 am

    I’m 100% terrified of layer cakes too. I know they need to be conquered. I just cant get the image of a perfect 3 tier chocolate glazed cake with a cherry on top. (Sigh.)

    I look forward to your bucket list …ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJuly 4, 2011 - 1:25 am

    Yay, Prerna you featured so beautifully one of my all time favorite foods and from Maharshtra where my parents were born and raised. I grew up with batata wara (wada) at home. My mom would make very often, We usually won’t have it as Vada Pav though it’s quite popular but just the Batata Wara all by itself with green coocnut chutney, tamarind sauce and spicy tomato sauce on the side. The recipe is similar with couple exceptions. The photographs are as gorgeous as ever!!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 4, 2011 - 2:06 am

    Great pictures Prerna!! I love vada pav but i have never made it at home from scratch! when my street food guy makes the perfect vada pav there was no need for me to try to make it :)ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJuly 4, 2011 - 2:59 am

    I enjoy your photography so much. Every time I look at your food I get hungry.

    I have eaten this once in a restaurant but would have never dared try it myself. I think I can follow your directions quite easily. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJuly 4, 2011 - 5:55 am

    I think you would make a perfectly iced cake Brian:) Prerna is so talented and this looks delicious! Happy 4th to you and Eric!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitJuly 4, 2011 - 8:06 am

    Thank you Brian and Prerna for this beautiful post. Both of you make recipes that are simply and delicious. I have faith in you, my friend, to turn out a beautiful cake. (hint: my birthday is around the corner).ReplyCancel

    • Brian @ A Thought For FoodJuly 4, 2011 - 8:09 am

      HAHA! I’m not sure a cake would make the trip all the way to NY. But I’ll be thinking of you while I’m eating it. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaJuly 4, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Brian and Prerna, this is a gorgeous post, and I love and admire you both. As for layer cakes, Brian, you would do a beautiful & authentic job of it — I just know you would. Happy Fourth of July and thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJuly 4, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Beautiful guest post! I’d love to have some of these!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJuly 4, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    I’m not confident I could make all of the dishes you guys do, but I love coming here because I learn. I learn so so much! With each story and post I feel like I got to do a little bit of the traveling I dreamed of in my younger years. THank you truly for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.July 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Awesome guest and post! Yall make a terrific combo!ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJuly 4, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    Love you both and so good to see that Vada Pav. And yes one can’t go to Mumbai and come back not eating this awesome street food. Totally love!ReplyCancel

  • Prerna@IndianSimmerJuly 4, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Thanks SO much Brian for letting me share a little of India and a tiny little memory of my childhood. Loved doing this guest post for you. It was an honor!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 4, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    MMMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some vada, especially when it’s pavy.

    Diversidad de la cocina es la panacea para los problemas de nuestro mundo.ReplyCancel

  • MagpieJuly 4, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    ooh this brings back so many memories of the first time I sank my teeth into vada pav at Dadar station :)ReplyCancel

  • Me_MarathiJuly 4, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    Brian, Thanks for presenting treat from Mumbai.

    Prerana so sweet of you to confess that you forgot red chutney but that green chutney is looking yummy, would love to have recipe for that, not in detail just ingredients are fine. Many Mumbai vadapav vendors do apply both chutneys.Liked your raddi paper styling. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJuly 4, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    Thanks Brian and Prerna for bringing India a step closer. I’m just now moving into some ‘uncomfortable’ space and making things foreign to my kitchen but from a culture with such great foods. Love the story too Prerna!

    Brian…a layer cake? After your first one you will wonder why you were so nervous; I think they are the easiest thing in the world…even at high altitude (where I have to laugh and sometimes disguise the reality of cooking ‘up in the air’). You CAN do it!ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)July 4, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    What an excellent guest post. I love learning about foods from different cultures.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJuly 4, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    Hi Brian and Prerna

    what a wonderful guest post, those potato dumplings look delicious especially in that tasty little roll!!
    Brian I know you can make a layer cake, with the talent you have, it won’t be as hard as you think!


  • The Duo DishesJuly 4, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    Love learning about these types of things. Wonder if we can find them at one of the restaurants in our Little India.ReplyCancel

  • AnnJuly 4, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Wonderful guest post! I love it and the Vada Pav sounds amazing! Your pictures are beautiful and your descriptions of childhood….I felt I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 5, 2011 - 12:26 am

    I like Indian Summer too :-))
    Those potato dumplings look fascinating! Thanks, Prerna and Brian!

  • anushrutiJuly 5, 2011 - 3:37 am

    Vada pav is such a staple for folks here in Mumbai. Some are known to even skip lunch and have one pav. When my brother was doing a project on the outskirts of Mumbai, he had to eat one vada pav everyday as there was nothing else available! I cringe at the thought of eating it everyday but as an occasional treat, this is so good! You have captured the essence of vada pav wonderfully here Prerna! Kudos!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 5, 2011 - 7:01 am

    Umm, bread and potatoes, I’m in carb heaven!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJuly 5, 2011 - 9:58 am

    oh my goodness . . . POTATOES IN BREAD!!! i have died and gone to heaven, i am certain!!!ReplyCancel

  • ShilpaJuly 5, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    One of my favourite foods….haven’t had it in a long time….never could make yummy vadas…Am so pleased that I stumbled across this site…and came across your guest post….love the shots…love the food…what’s not to like in this?????? Yummylicious…ReplyCancel

  • JoyJuly 5, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    My two favorite people in one post, life is good! Prerna your Vada Pav looks phenomenal!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JoytiJuly 5, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    Wonderful guest post, Prerna. The vada pav looks delicious, love the styling and look you created for the post as well.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 6, 2011 - 7:31 am

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook authentic Indian food also, Brian! I keep trying to get my roommate to let her mother teach me…it’s a process. We’re working on it.

    Vada pav looks delicious! All the photos are gorgeous…what a great guest post!ReplyCancel

  • MeetaJuly 6, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Oh yes – one of my all time favorite Indian street food. And this is doen well. Nice one Brian love this post by Prerna !ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkJuly 6, 2011 - 8:33 am

    One of my fav. street foods! You made it look so gorgeous, Prerna.ReplyCancel

  • JamieJuly 6, 2011 - 9:17 am

    I love your story and this is the kind of food I love to eat when I go to an Indian restaurant! Now I can try your recipe.ReplyCancel

  • CorinaJuly 6, 2011 - 9:49 am

    I love making Indian food but I’d never heard of these. They’d be perfect for those days when you have a comfort food carb craving. So glad to have come across something new.ReplyCancel

  • Karriann GrafJuly 6, 2011 - 10:14 am

    What a marvelous guest post! Happy Cooking!ReplyCancel

  • Curry and ComfortJuly 6, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous photos and lovely recipe. Some of my favorite flavors are in this dish. I can just imagine how good they tasted. : ) Congrats on making Foodbuzz Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • Xiaolu @ 6 BittersweetsJuly 6, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Lovely guest post! I love Prerna’s Indian dishes — she always makes them seem doable and oh so scrumptious.ReplyCancel

  • kankanaJuly 6, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Awsm guest post. Prerna issuch an amazing blogger and writer and photographer. Love all her post and your too!
    I am sure you can do both the layered cake and an indian dish and you will make them not only look good but taste good too. I am looking forward to it :)ReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoJuly 6, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    deliciously done vada pav Prerna looks wonderful
    lovely guest post BrianReplyCancel

  • Saviona RodriguesJuly 6, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    I like Vada Pav, this used to be my lunch once upon a time!! Miss Mumbai.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJuly 6, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    Brian, I am with you on layer cakes and baking in general! And Indian street food is my favorite kind of Indian food. (I went there once, a LONG time ago, and still have fond memories of panipuri.) Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kaushal KarkhanisJuly 7, 2011 - 5:57 am

    Brilliantly written and photographed (they look yumlicious!).

    Featuring you on and the Facebook fan page :)
    Keep ‘em coming… Cheers!!ReplyCancel

  • NishiJuly 8, 2011 - 11:21 am

    What a lovely guest post!!! Even though I am a true blue Indian, I have never tasted or made the vada pav. But After reading this post, I think it is about time I did.
    This is my first time on your space Brian. My one word for your blog is, AWESOME!!! I will be delighted to follow you :)ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyJuly 8, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Good-looking sliders, and I can’t wait to see that layered cake!ReplyCancel

  • […] so please try and make this chutney to accompany your vada pav. My friend Brian from A Thought For Food invited me over to his lovely blog to share an Indian recipe with him and his readers. It was 4th […]ReplyCancel

Three summers ago, I fell in love with a girl.  It was pretty much love at first sight.  Within moments of talking to her, I knew that we were meant to be friends.  And, despite living rather far away from one another and not being phone people, our relationship has remained intact.

The girl… ok, woman… I am referring to is my friend Jessica.  We met on a trip to Israel a few years ago and, thankfully, have kept in touch.  Jessica was one of only a couple of individuals from that trip that I invited to our wedding.  There are few people I’ve felt such a strong connection to, but the bond we have is something that I hold close to my heart.

Part of what has kept our friendship so strong are our yearly visits.  Jessica has business conferences up in Boston around our wedding anniversary and she always extends her trip to spend some time with us on the Cape.  During these weekends together, we lounge on the deck, drinking mimosas while we talk about everything that happened the previous year.  Conversations range from movies to politics, social media and blogging to music from our childhood (and beyond… we’re both huge Van Morrison fans).

But what we love to talk about the most is food.  We’re both adventurous pescatarians, unfazed by strange sea creatures, and we will try just about anything once.

On these visits to the Cape, Jessica and I will spend hours in the kitchen, talking about our favorite herbs and our various foodie philosophies, while I work on a batch of fresh blueberry scones or the fixin’s for that night’s dinner.  We geek over cookbooks, freaking over Amanda Hesser’s books and Heidi Swanson’s latest.  She shows me how to make her favorite salad dressing (a paste made out of garlic, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice) and I show her mine (dijon mustard, sugar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and dill).

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  • EthanJune 30, 2011 - 12:20 am

    Hi Jessica, nice to meet you! you did a great job as bowl model.
    Bri, congrats on the Gojee gig!ReplyCancel

  • kankanaJune 30, 2011 - 12:38 am

    Jessica’s salad dressing is one of my fav :) I even used it in spaghetti and it taste awsm! Your salad looks very healthy and colorful .ReplyCancel

  • MaureenJune 30, 2011 - 1:32 am

    Beautiful salad and yummy dressing but what’s most important is sharing the time with old friends and messing about with food.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 30, 2011 - 6:37 am

    Looks like an easy salad to make when you have fabulous company!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 30, 2011 - 7:00 am

    I love finding new ideas for bean salads. Sounds like such a wonderful friendship!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (This Little Piggy)June 30, 2011 - 7:42 am

    Congrats on Gojee! Love that dress. Oh and the beans look really tasty. Why would anyone buy pre-made bean salad? That looks so quick and easy.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJune 30, 2011 - 7:49 am

    That really is one fabulous dress to go with this fabulous salad! And yeah, passing up free cheese is SO not an option!ReplyCancel

  • AggieJune 30, 2011 - 7:52 am

    What gorgeous photagraphy! And dress :)

    Loving this salad!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJune 30, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I love friendships that last a lifetime and can pick up where they left off last visit. That sounds like this friendship. And I love beans and salads and this one looks fantastic. In my house, feta makes anything better. Also, congrats on the recipe site gig!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 30, 2011 - 8:09 am

    I’m so excited to get Matt’s book and put my skewers to good use. Thanks Brian and Matt!

    We love a great bean salad in the summer and this one has so much going for it, with all the flavors and colors. The fresh oregano and feta are fantastic additions. Heading to Gojee now to check you out :]ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlJune 30, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Three bean salad is one of my favorite things ever! This one is gorgeous. I’ve never thought to add feta. Your post is getting me so excited to come to Boston this summer. We don’t stay on The Cape (South Shore instead), but it’s a vacation I treasure every summer. Looking forward to meeting you at Tech Munch.ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsJune 30, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Love this bean salad and anything with feta!! Brilliant baby boi!! :)Particularly love the 2nd pic on theleft there, gorgeous!! can I dive in for lunch today? Please, say yes!ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistJune 30, 2011 - 10:52 am

    I love three bean salad, but it is something I always forget about! Protein-packed and healthy, it is a great meal to keep you going on long summer days and is also flavorful for parties. Love it! Thanks for sharing Brian!ReplyCancel

  • ElianaJune 30, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Only you could make beans look this pretty. Lovely post Brian.ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupJune 30, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Food and fashion (and cheese)! GREGReplyCancel

  • GeorgieJune 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Beautiful as always! This may be a way I can get Jeff to eat his beans ;) The photography always leaves me breathless, really!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJune 30, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    MMnnnn!. . . I LOVES me some bean salad, especially when it’s a trifecta!

    Frijoles, los frijoles, la fruta musical, más que comer, que haga sonar la más!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetJune 30, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Feta!! I love! Your salad looks so delicious. Congratulations on the Gojee gig bri! So happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyJune 30, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    I love bean salads, Brian! Of all stripes. (And thanks for the shout out!)ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJune 30, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    This is a GREAT recipe for this weekend! The the colors and the salty feta.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 30, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    This is my type of salad. I’m going to try it this weekend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Maris(In Good Taste)June 30, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    Such a simple easy delicious and healthy salad!ReplyCancel

  • So simple, colorful, light and healthy! Great addition to any BBQ this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJune 30, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    oh Brian, that is so much more than a three bean salad, it certainly isn’t like any I’ve ever had! What a wonderful combination of flavors, and who doesn’t love feta, and if the folks that make Chobani make it, I know it has to be good!
    Have a wonderful Holiday weekend my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 1, 2011 - 3:17 am

    I’ll put feta pretty much on anything so it’s a good bet I’d devour this salad. I’m off to check out Gojee!ReplyCancel

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  • DanaJuly 1, 2011 - 8:18 am

    You know, I was thinking of making a dessert to bring to the 4th of July BBQ I am attending this weekend, but this recipe may just have changed my mind! It sounds so fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 1, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I love you MORE than three bean salad, mimosas on the dock and your homemade blueberry muffins…and ALMOST as much as Four Seas peanutbutter chocolate chip ice cream.

    See you next year (can’t wait!).


  • SMITH BITESJuly 1, 2011 - 11:42 am

    awwww – love the post, love Jessica even though we’ve never met and love the bean salad – perfect for this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Brooks at CakewalkerJuly 1, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Such a lovely post good man! The extraordinary friend you have in Jessica is matched only by this extraordinary bean salad. I’ve been looking for a new dish sensation for the holiday and I’m confident I’ve found it here. Congraulations on the well-deserved Gojee assignment and may you-n-yours have a terrific Fourth of July weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesJuly 1, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    That’s a bowl of treasures! Great photos, as always!ReplyCancel

  • katJuly 2, 2011 - 12:53 am

    this sounds great! am book marking it!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Kate from ScratchJuly 2, 2011 - 10:00 am

    Love the flavors. Fantastic combination, here. Congrats on the Top 9! Well deserved, indeed.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyJuly 2, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Love this picture! Congrats on making Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodJuly 2, 2011 - 10:19 am

    What a gorgeous salad…and model! :)
    And so many wonderful things happening with you!! Congrats on your gig with Gojee and congrats on today’s top 9!!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatJuly 2, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    Salad looks gorgeous! Love the photos and colours :)ReplyCancel

  • BakingmehungryJuly 2, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    This looks so colorful and fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Hester aka The Chef DocJuly 3, 2011 - 12:32 am

    I love Van Morrison, too!!!!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenJuly 4, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    I saw your recipe on foodbuzz and had to go straight to the store for oregano! I cheated a little and used a can of four bean mix (I don’t think you can get canned black beans in Australia) and canned corn. I also used white balsamic vinegar instead of the ordinary kind, for extra sweetness. It turned out delicious, although definitely not so photogenic as yours! Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJuly 4, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    I loved hearing about Jessica…and I loved hearing about this salad. Her dress looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with me, my dear friend. You brought a smile to my face. I hope you had a lovely 4th of July. Hugs from Austin!ReplyCancel

  • Bunny from Couleur NatureJuly 5, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    Yum, yum, and double yum. I love feta cheese and I have fresh oregano in the garden, so this is exactly what I’m trying tonight. Love the photography as well! Thanks for the blog – it’s great fun. . .ReplyCancel

  • Lisa {With Style and Grace}July 5, 2011 - 11:20 pm

    pretty sure I could live off of this.ReplyCancel

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