Showing posts with label Fairfax. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fairfax. Show all posts

Monday, April 05, 2021

Home Again

Here we are back home. We bought some Lithuanian bread
at the Russian Gourmet in Fairfax and will be trying it tonight.
We miss Alice, who made us a beautiful salad to go with dinner
last night. 
We drove from Fairfax to Ann Arbor today. 
The spring flowers there are considerably more advanced than here.
Dinner on our last night in Fairfax: vegetables, scallops, and fish cooked on the grill.

Blog post © 2021 mae sander

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

We visited Meadowlark Botanical Gardens where spring flowers and trees are at a stunning peak. 
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Website.

Although the gardens were open and all seemed normal, the empty display greenhouse
(like the masked people) reminded us of the pandemic that continues to endanger everyone.

Alice agreed to enhance the look of this wireframe sculpture.

The sculpture without Alice.

Blog post © 2021 mae sander.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Great Food Shops in the Fairfax Area

On our long visit to our family in Fairfax, Virginia, we have enjoyed cooking and having family meals. It's a wonderful thing to stop being isolated! Going to a variety of small and large food shops in the area has been a great pleasure too -- before being vaccinated, we had all food delivered to us, so we were unable to enjoy the process of shopping and making choices. Fairfax County is much larger than the urban area where we live (Ann Arbor, MI), and has a diverse population, so it offers many more types of shops. Whether they are part of a large chain (like H-Mart) or a single small-scale business (like the Russian Gourmet), we were happy to have these much-missed experiences. 

Crumbl Cookies

Orders can be entered online or (if small) at the counter.

Baking is done behind a display window.

Our selections. These are REALLY big cookies! Crumbl Cookies. Vienna, VA. Website.

Pasties from the prize-winning Pure Pasty Co.

The Pure Pasty Co, Vienna, VA. Website.

The Pure Pasty Co writes: "We travel home to Cornwall every year for the World Pasty Championships.
We’ve won the Open Savoury category twice (2018+19)."

Several flavors made up our lunch Saturday: all delicious. What I liked: Moroccan Lamb
and Proven├žal Vegetable. They are sold frozen, to be baked just before eating.
I've tried the pasties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. These are much more varied.

The Swiss Bakery

The Swiss Bakery (near the Beltway) has been a favorite with our family for years.
Several types of rolls, sandwiches, and pastries made there are just wonderful. Swiss Bakery Website.

The Russian Gourmet

A small shop crammed with fascinating imports.

Many types of vegetables in jars, as was typical in
20th century Russia.

We were particularly interested in trying the Borodinsky rye bread which is made at The Russian Gourmet in Fairfax -- WEBSITE. We enjoyed it, and also tried several other items imported from Latvia, Armenia, and elsewhere in the former SSRs.

Woody’s Ice Cream

A popular ice cream place in downtown Fairfax.

We ate our ice cream in the nearby park. Woody's WEBSITE.

A Visit to H-Mart

H-Mart is a well-known chain of huge Asian supermarkets with outlets in around 10 states. We had never shopped in one before this, however, as the nearest H-Mart to us is an hour from our house. Our purchases included a number of Asian vegetables and sauces for our various cooking projects -- and some to take back to Ann Arbor.

Blog post and all photos © 2021 mae sander.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Vietnamese Food Any Day

New cookbook: Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen. Alice and I selected a number of recipes to try while we are visiting here in Faifax. We have made two of them. These recipes do seem fussy: a lot of work. But we have really enjoyed the flavors.

First, Alice and I made Roast Chicken Noodle Soup:

Ingredients include a Rotisserie chicken cut up with bones saved, fresh and dried mushrooms,
baby bok choi, carrots in vinegar, cilantro, scallions, ginger, and more.

We also tried the pastry filled with a mushroom pate.

We used fresh and dried shitake mushrooms.

Filling strips of pastry dough.

Pepperidge Farm puff pastry is recommended for this dish.
Here they are before baking. And below: ready to eat.

Blog post © 2021 mae sander. Photos by mae and alice.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In the Kitchen with Evelyn, Tom, and Alice

March has been a great month in our lives. As soon as our vaccinations were effective, we drove from our home (which we have not left in over a year) to visit our family in Fairfax, Virginia. While visiting, I have been cooking jointly with my daughter Evelyn and granddaughter Alice and son-in-law Tom. It’s been a pleasure! I’m starting this post about their kitchen with the 3-D printed hedgehog and celebratory champagne flutes on display in their kitchen bookcase. Evelyn has taught courses in math applications of 3-D printing, and the hedgehog was printed by some of her students.

I intend this post to be shared with other bloggers in the great kitchen-sharing that takes place every month. I’ve been taking photos of what is in the kitchen here: it’s so great to be out of my own kitchen for a while. I am especially featuring their great electric devices like the Air Fryer and the Instant Pot. To see what other bloggers are sharing this month, check out

Alice and I chopped a lot of mushrooms for a
mushroom-filled pastry dish.

And we chopped lots of ginger and scallions for soup.

Evelyn and Tom’s Air Fryer

Potatoes ready to go in the fryer.

The cutting device for prepping the potatoes.

Also good in the fryer: Chinese dumplings.

Air Fryer broccoli.
Great as it is, and much as I’ve enjoyed eating these dishes that Evelyn and Tom cooked, I don’t think that an air fryer is right for me in my own kitchen, mainly because I lack the space for it. The same goes for the next device: the instant pot ...

Yogurt in the Instant Pot

Evelyn’s yogurt starter is named Ivan.
She makes yogurt from Ivan every week.

Evelyn’s Instant Pot: making her very delicious yogurt.

Blog post © 2021 mae sander