Ana invited me to hit some porch sales with her in Algier's Point today (an area of New Orleans over the Mississippi River called The Westbank). Since Dave was making a pit stop at Hong Kong Market, to stock up on delicious ingredients for the TVP Taco Bar tomorrow, he dropped us off.
Here's a video to show you our transition from Eastbank to Westbank. Really, there's no need for thanks since this was documented out of pure love.
As we were scouting for a good place to start, we drove by some kind of blues folk museum.
We're gonna have to double back someday to investigate as there was a cool robot in the yard
and Satchmo's eyeballs. He hypnotized me with his steely gaze...
We also saw cool architecture--I am way into brightly colored stained glass.
My friend Helen used to tell me regularly, "Kittee, there is no shortage of cute houses in New Orleans!" Truer words were never spoken, I'll need to dedicate a few posts to these homes sometime soon.
We were also wowed by the beautiful flora and gardens.
Bottle Brush Tree
Chicks 'n' Hens
We did in fact make it safely back to the Eastbank, where I proceeded to unload my porch-sale-haul (I found a lot of bric-a-brac, thread, fabric and some Southern Living cookbooks).
Then I documented the finished Striped February Lady Sweater #2 and proceeded to make granola.
Why yes, that is kumquat granola. Thanks for noticing!
I don't use a recipe anymore (I learned everything I know from Celine's peanut butter granola), but here's the gist. In a large bowl mix together: 3 cups rolled oats, a little bit of brown rice flour, a little mesquite powder, coconut, pecans, almonds, ground flax and a wee dash of salt. In a smaller bowl, mix together some peanut butter, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, vanilla extract and kumquat marmalade. Mix the liquid into the dry and stir until everything is moistened. Pour onto a lipped cookie sheet and bake at 325F, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.