Fireworks, Food, and a Finished Bracelet

I like taking pictures at night with long exposures, so the fireworks last night were fun to photograph. Kind of makes me want a better camera than the little point-and-shoot camera I currently own, since I have very little control over shutter speed or aperture. Nonetheless, it was fun! We had a great view of the cove from a little stand of trees at the top of La Jolla Shores Drive (right before it goes down the hill, near those tennis courts). We sat on the ground and I got bitten by some mysterious bug, so next time chairs or at least a blanket would be good.

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When I set out to make the asparagus and tomato quiche I mentioned in my last post, I realized that it involved pureeing all that lovely asparagus into a paste along with beans and walnuts and such, and I decided that it would be a shame to do that, because the asparagus was so fresh and tender. So I used the main ingredients from the dish and turned them into a light summer saute, which was delicious.

Asparagus with Tomatoes and White Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 15 oz can white beans (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (I used a combination of thyme and rosemary, but feel free to go wild)

Directions

Saute shallots and garlic in the oil in a large nonstick pan or wok over medium heat until soft. Add the asparagus and saute until nearly tender. Add the beans and continue cooking until the asparagus is tender and the beans are heated through. Stir in the tomatoes and herbs, toss to combine, and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

This would also be good served cold with a splash of lemon juice and/or balsamic vinegar.

Here is the finished dish moments before we dug into it at our outdoor picnic spot!

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I used the spiral charms I made from the blue copper wire to make a bracelet. I incorporated some little spring-like connectors and black glass pearls. I made my own findings for the bracelet – the silver ones I already had looked out of place with all the blue wire, so I made a little hook and my own jump rings, which you can see at the top of the bracelet in the photo below.

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I used to watch television shows while I knitted or made jewelry until Daniel encouraged me to watch something better. So lately I have been watching TED talks instead, learning about the brain, art, dark matter, animal behavior, sociology, and so many other amazing things. Two talks yesterday really inspired me, so I thought I would share them.

http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

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