Ann M. Evans Consulting
On my website you’ll find information about my recipes, articles/books, consulting work, and illustrations available as notecards or for single use in the design of personal and commercial communication. My illustrations are mostly from my garden. I design notecards because I believe in the hand written word, a lost art in today’s electronic age and because if you eat seasonally, you’ll want a wardrobe of seasonal stationery. Watch for my book, The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, coming in November 2016.
Fig Jam is a staple in my glass pantry and I make it every September. I serve it with a cheese course in the fall with fresh walnuts and some of my bees’ honeycomb. I don’t have a fig tree, but my friends who do are very generous and provide me with enough for several batches of jam.
Homemade Ketchup is a favorite pastime of mine in August. I devote a day to it and then enjoy it the rest of the year. This year, I’ve made a date with my niece Rayne to make it together. I enjoy the time in the kitchen with her, and then she has something special for holiday gifts and her family’s table. Call me American, but I especially enjoy this ketchup on scrambled eggs made fresh from my chickens.
Mint Infused Simple Syrup with Fresh Lemonade is what I make in June and July when my lemons are dropping off the tree and I’m madly pulling out the mint which spreading throughout my garden. I serve it French style, inspired by sipping Citron Presse in Provence many a summer on the village square. The mint syrup lasts for up to three months in refrigerator and is good in sparkling wine or water as well.
Elderflower Cordial is what I make in April or May, from flowers I gather on the roadside in Yolo County. It’s a lovely and easy way to preserve the season, and no one can quite believe the taste — a hint of herbal, of lemon, or wild, of vanilla, or lemon verbena. Great in sparkling water or wine with ice.
The drawing to the left is of elderflower I drew in Monterey County. It grows along the roadside throughout California’s back country roads. Elderflower is a popular drink throughout England and France, and many there, like I do, make their own simply syrup elderflower cordial.
Cherry Ginger Chutney is great to make in April-May-June, cherry season. It is perfect with a cheese course, with Indian curry, or with duck breast and any kind of pork roast or chop.
Candied Kumquats are a sweet and tart sauce to add over almond pound cake or ice cream. You can make this now, in March-April, while kumquats are still ripe on the tree, and freeze it for later use.
Marmalade with Three Kinds of Citrus is one of my specialities. I make it with my navel oranges, lemons and a neighbor’s grapefruits in February, and then store it in my glass pantry throughout the year, occasionally using it as a hostess gift. My English husband and brother-in-law love it. This is a real marmalade lovers’ marmalade, a little bitter with lots of peel.
Preserved Lemons is a favorite winter recipe. To the right is my drawing of the Eureka lemons in my garden. The lemons are ripe now, any varietal will work. Use them with roast chicken and various Middle Eastern dishes. You can also find this under Recipes on my website. There you’ll also find recipes for preserving by the season, and making festive dishes.
I’m working on the Revised Edition of the Davis Farmers Market Cookbook. Look for it in Spring 2017. In addition, lately, there’s been interest in the changes took place in food in the 1970’s with co-ops and farmers markets. Here’s my tale of the history of the Davis Farmers Market, Introduction to the Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, a cookbook which I coauthored with Georgeanne Brennan. I’ve decided the time has come to write a history of the Davis Food Co-op, contextualized within the California Food Movement of the 1970’s. I cofounded the store at the same time as the Davis Farmers Market, and served in the Jerry Brown 1 administration which participated in many of the changes that provided for the growth in certified farmers markets we have in California today. Stay tuned. I begin in 2016.