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Video #6- California Poppies & Parmesean Poppy Seed Crackers
Posted By Todd & Diane On April 19, 2008 @ 12:18 pm In Appetizers,California,Films, Videos & Documentaries,Food,Photo Essay | Photojournalism,Photography-Travels,Recipes,Travel,Vegetarian Recipes,Videos | 45 Comments
Waiting was the hard part...because we’ve been anticipating the explosion of poppy flowers in Antelope Valley since the first down pour of rain back in December. As more rain fell in Southern California, the potential of these flowers to burst and proliferate increased. Our greed for maximum flower power kept us from hastily jumping at the chance to head over the the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve right away. The suspense was killing us! We kept checking the poppy reserves website for the moment of floral truth, the final two words to make us drop everything and race over there like hungry wildflower hounds….PEAK TIME!!
The California Poppy, our state flower, grows wildly all throughout the state, but no where near the density and floral consistency than at the Poppy Reserve. This 1,700 acre preserve of wildflower oasis is nestled unassumingly in the high desert valley of Lancaster, CA. The Mojave desert climate of this region describes the weather perfectly – summers are HOT, but springtime is PERFECT for hiking and photographing desert flowers. But these moments are few and far between and only occur between Mid March through Mid may and only if there’s been a good amount of rainfall.
Today’s visit to the poppies just blew us away! Hah! Watch the video and you’ll experience the full effects of how extreme the weather can get at the Reserve. Regardless of a little breeze, curled poppies, and a bad hair day, the hills were exploding with orange poppies and other wildflowers! The rising hills and valleys below were blanketed in poppy glory and all the months of waiting and the long drive to the Reserve was worth all the effort. Especially lucky were we because we were one of the few visitors of the day and had all the poppies to enjoy all to ourselves!
Video # 6- Todd & Diane’s Video of Poppy Preserve & Parmesan Poppy Seed Crackers
Parmesan Poppy Seed Crackers
Experiencing poppy saturated scenes like these, it was only appropriate to create a poppy seed dish. With some fantastic Spanish Blue Queso de Valdeon ripening in the fridge, fresh tropical Jackfruit and two bottles of 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape (Perrin, Les Sinards & Domaine du Dieux Telegraphe), the thought of making poppy seed crackers satisfied our mood perfectly! This simple recipe was adapted from a recipe we found on recipezaar by DIB. The interesting use of soy sauce in the recipe caught our attention and it proved to be a stellar, savory addition to the crackers. The only modification we made was to add a little more soy sauce and a little salt. If you’re careful about your sodium count, by all means, eliminate the salt and reduce the amount of soy sauce. The flavors of the baked Parmesan cheese still make the crackers so crispy, flaky and delicious!
This simple recipe was adapted from a recipe we found on recipezaar by DIB. The interesting use of soy sauce in the recipe caught our attention and it proved to be a stellar, savory addition to the crackers. The only modification we made was to add a little more soy sauce, poppy seeds and a little salt. If you’re careful about your sodium count, by all means, eliminate the salt and reduce the amount of soy sauce. The flavors of the baked Parmesan cheese still make the crackers so crispy, flaky and delicious!
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