Chives and purslane are popping up in the tiniest cracks between the bricks in our backyard; today I spotted a small patch of little purple pansies. One morning, I drew open the curtains, and the trees infront of our house- bare and spindly for the past few months- were filled with white blossoms. And just like that, spring is here.

A few things that have been inspiring me lately:

this photo essay on dandelions

this post on foraging for nettles

“That’s Not Trash, That’s Dinner”

-Loving Gilt Taste, especially the “Eat Shoots & Leaves” column: cooking with herb stems, celery hearts and leaves, carrot tops and the hearts of cabbage and cauliflower. (um, and everything Francis Lam writes).

100 greatest cooking tips of all time (thanks Shelley!)

this ted talk

these chocolate chip cookies (black sesame seeds! soy sauce!)

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Pictured: a birthday bouquet from Saipua, from my lovely parents.