We have some new toes in our home!! Our daughter Sitara arrived a few weeks ago. It has been a crazy month and, with two babies under two, I anticipate crazier days ahead but I am trying to slow down and savor all the delicious babyness around me (which is easier said than done).
I thought I’d crawl my way back into blogging with a list of a few things that I have been enjoying lately (other than tiny fingers and toes, of course).
1. Cheeses : This year I have been absolutely loving Lamb Chopper cheese and the Italian Il Boschetto al Tartufo. Lamb Chopper is a sheep’s milk cheese, slightly creamy with a hint of sweetness. It fills the same spot in my
heart stomach as a good gruyere or comte cheese (except that is made from pasteurized milk and vegetable rennet). It also happens to be my son’s favorite cheese. Il Boschetto al Tartufo is studded with white truffles and I always sigh after a bite. I love it straight up or in a grilled sandwich paired with red onion confit. [I think I just swooned a little].
2. Natural Perfume and Body Oils : Lately, I have been craving mostly natural perfume. Especially Mandy Aftel’s Wild Roses. Wild roses is a gorgeous, gorgeous rose. Intensely fragrant. Like the first rose that you ever smelled. Rolled in… I don’t know…all the right wood and spice notes. It serves as an oasis that I secretly dip into. And when I sniff my wrist, I sigh deeply, grateful for this luxury that has melted into skin. Did I mention I love it?! (Review coming soon).
I have also been craving scented body oils and and am dying to try Aftelier’s Ancient Resins Hair and Body oil. There is something so sensual and relaxing about the ritual of slathering a fragrant oil on skin. A few days before the delivery, I even tried blending some carrier and essential oils and ended up with (not-so) fragrant jumble that prompted a ‘You smell terrible’ from my husband. Ah well!
3. Argan Oil : In the past I have used and loved Camellia (Oliefera) and Hazelnut oils on my face but recently I’ve been all over Argan oil (or rather it has been all over my face and hair). Turns out my skin loves this and quite literally drinks it up.
4. Persimmons : I had never tasted a persimmon until a couple of weeks ago. But from the moment I tasted a persimmon (the Fuyu variety) at a local farmer’s market, I just couldn’t seem to get enough. Quite frankly I don’t understand my addiction to it. It is far from being the tastiest fruit that I have eaten. But something about the tender coconut-like taste of the flesh and the date-like texture of its skin just gets me. I find the textural contrast between that orange colored soft pulp and the stiff orange skin quite irresistable.
I have also been working on a project that combines several of my interests and I can’t wait to share the details with you all in the coming months!
So, what have you been enjoying lately?