Monday, November 12, 2012

What do you mean it's mid-November?

This single plant is over 25' tall
Cut Mexican Sunflowers in a vase

How is that possible, since the Mexican Sunflower bush tree is in bloom, especially on the 25' branches extended to the sun. They also make lovely cut flowers, lasting almost a week inside. The plant grows as tall as Jack's beanstalk from a simple piece of stem that you bury in the ground, and water occasionally. It requires minimal care, grows before your eyes, is ignored by insects and produces gorgeous blooms! Once you have one plant, you'll have a lifetime supply for yourself & the entire neighborhood. Oh, and the price is right.  I'll be happy to give you a free chunk to take home & plant when you stop by the TreeHouse to pick-up your order.

The Meyer Lemons are almost ripe enough to pick

Now that my beloved mango tree has given up all of its fruit (but not the annoying resident squirrel), I've been anxiously eyeing the Meyer Lemons. These days they turn from green to yellow within a week, and the first ripe one fell off yesterday. That's been the missing ingredient that has prevented me from making more Keitt Mango Meyer Lemon Jam. Your long wait is almost over, a new batch will be available very soon! Maybe marmalade too.

Jewish Apple Cake

Sunday I picked up some Delicious organic apples at Palma Sola Farmer's Market & I thought they deserved to be part of something special. I imagined chunks of  them rolled in real Vietnamese cinnamon & sugar, as part of a traditional Jewish Apple Cake. Not too sweet, moist not wet, simply delicious with a cup of coffee or tea at any time of the day. 


This week I'm baking Minorcan Multi-Grain Bread. A loaf incorporating half a dozen grains plus assorted seeds; and a texture similar to a NY Rye, without the rye. It's crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and makes a great sandwich. Bread baking is time consuming, especially with a complex loaf like this, and hard to fit into my tight schedule. I do it because I can't buy anything like this commercially. It's also vegan but the truth is I love it toasted & shmeared with cream cheese. Limited amount: I'm only baking six, and one of them is for me.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Don't miss that melt-in-your-mouth favorite, Blueberry Lemon. I buy loads of fresh blueberries at the height of season and freeze them so I can add their fresh picked flavor all year long. This is a muffin with a soft lemon tinged crumb, surrounding juicy whole berries throughout. It isn't "gummy" like some yucky blueberry muffins.

Some of the usual suspects also available this week:

Homemade Jam & Chutney  $4/8 oz
Mango Strawberry Cardamom, Mango Daiquiri, Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper, Pineapple Berry, Keitt Mango Chutney, Ginger Pear Chutney

Keitt Mango Butter  $5/8 oz
Pure Keitt mango concentrated down for hours with a little sugar & citrus

Jewish Apple Cake $4.50/8 oz
Pure Keitt mango concentrated down for hours with a little sugar & citrus

Breadstix  $4/pkg
Rosemary Parmigiano, Roasted Garlic Blue Cheese, Kalamata & Feta

Muffins  $2/each
Blueberry Lemon, Breakfast (bacon, corn & Cheddar)

Minorcan Multi-Grain Bread  $4.50/loaf

Chocolate Orgasm Cookies  $5/pkg
Mostly Belgium Dark Chocolate, chocolate chips & almonds

Oversized Cookie  $1.50/each
Belgium Dark Chocolate Orange Walnut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Belgium Dark Chocolate Lemon (no nuts), Classic Chocolate Chip (no nuts)

Order by calling me at (941) 746-6647 or email

Orders must be received by 5pm Wed 

enter through the white iron gate, to the house in back

Pick-up at my house in The Village of the Arts 
Friday or Saturday from 2-5 (or by appt)
or Sunday at Palma Sola Farmer's Mkt 10-2

Pay by cash or local check made out to "Bonni Brown"

Hugs from my kitchen,

Bonni Brown
Village of the Arts
932 12th Street West
Bradenton, FL  34205

(941) 746-6647

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