April in Bloom

Welcome back to another In Bloom, quarantine edition.

I’m ready for May.  It’s my favorite month of the year. Everything is so lush, especially after the rain. Flowers blooming. Fruit ripening. Toby’s idea of social distancing. Magnificent FrigatebirdsSee the pelican I missed in the shot? (top right)

Still cooking up a storm. Salad prep and a quarantini. Grilled pizza. Easy, fun, and delicious, but don’t ask me to make them round. I’m making variations of this on repeat: sesame noodles covered in a rainbow of cool, crunchy vegetables. Bubbly eggplant parm topped with a few types of basil and oregano leaves.Salsa verde enchiladas, and tacos galore. 
I was missing yucca fries from Tampa restaurants so I made them at home. With chimichurri. Best. Thing. Ever. This fish and lentils dish drizzled in toasty cumin seeds is still one of our favorites.

All is well with Fred and Mary, our woodpecker neighbors. 

Didn’t watch tv this past week, only some shorts on youtube. These two made me happy:

Whiskers R’ We

Some Good News, Episode 5


Drop me a note below. I’d love to hear how you are, what you’re up to, what you’re cooking.

Take good care.


7 Comments April in Bloom

  1. Juliet April 30, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely post, yummy and beautiful. My Everglades tomato plants are coming along, inspired by a post from you. Just got some Seminole pumpkin seeds in the mail from a backyard grower in Miami, looking forward to growing them this sumer.
    Cheers, Juliet

    1. suwanneerose April 30, 2020 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Juliet! Those Everglades tomatoes are the gift that keeps on giving. Show me another tomato that will thrive all summer long in Florida, and seed itself year after year. It’s a great time to get those Seminole pumpkins started. I wish I had space for them this year. It’s the sweetest pumpkin ever. Cheers!

  2. Juliet April 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the info on Seminole pumpkin, good to know they will be worth my while.

  3. Misti May 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Come cook for me! 🙂 Looks delicious! And love the vandas and frigates!

    Chris would love to be doing what Toby is doing!

    1. suwanneerose May 31, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      I’d love to! Chris and Toby would be instant friends.

  4. Janet Loveland September 10, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    With this virus you would think I would have loads of time to read emails and blogs. Why am I just looking at your APRIL blog post in September? I know I love your photography and to see what you are cooking, so I save yours for “later” when I can really savor all of what you post. Anyway, I am glad I sat down to clean out old, old emails. You are so talented. You should really publish a cookbook. I am loving “Forest Feast: Mediterranean” by Erin Gleeson. You could totally do what she has done. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. Beautiful photography, artwork and the recipes are so simple. Sometimes only 3 ingredients. Now, back to my email folder and hopefully more of your blog posts!

    1. suwanneerose September 18, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      You had me at Food Forest! I’m definitely going to check out that book. Thanks for stopping by, Jan!


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