Posts tagged summer
Blood Orange + Beet Salad
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AFullSizeRenders the temperatures rise over the weekend here in Los Angeles we'll be craving some refreshing and filling. We couldn't resist to share this recipe when we were looking thru our cookbooks, does that look delicious or what? This recipe was actually created during the holiday season by Chef Corey at Flour1, but we want to make it RIGHT NOW. Fresh feta, toasted walnuts and an orange vinaigrette, yum!

 

 

So here's what you'll need:

Ingredients

2 lb/910 g beets, a mix of red and gold

1 tsp kosher salt

1 cup/115 g walnut pieces

2 blood oranges (or regular oranges if you cannot find blood oranges)

8 cups/200 g loosely packed baby arugula

8 oz/255 g soft fresh goat cheese

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

1 blood orange (or regular orange)

1 small shallot, finely diced

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp honey

1 tsp kosher salt

⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp sherry vinegar

¼ cup/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Special Equipment: rimmed baking sheet, Microplane or other fine-rasp grater

Steps:

1. Cut the tops of the beets, leaving a little of the stem intact and scrub them well. In a large saucepan sprinkle salt and add water to cover the beets by about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beets are tender and can be pierced with a knife. Drain and set aside until the beets are cool enough to be handled. Use a kitchen towel that you don't mind staining to hold the beets. Remove the skins by rubbing the towel firmly against the beets. When the beets are completely cool, cut them into bite-size wedges.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and place a rack in the center of the oven. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on the baking sheet and toast in the oven, shaking the pan once or twice for even toasting, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nut are golden brown, Remove from the oven and let cool.

3. Cut the top and bottom of each orange. Stand one of the oranges on a flat end. Using a sharp paring knife, carve away the rind from the orange, starting from the top and cutting downward and curving inward, until all the rind is gone and you are left with just the fruit. Repeat with the remaining orange. Cut the oranges crossfire into thin slices and set aside for the salad.

4. TO MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE: Working directly over a small bowl, grate the zest from the orange with the Microplane. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the grated zest. Add the shallot, Dijon mustard, honey, salaam and pepper. Whisk in the vinegar and then slowly whisk in the olive oil until well blended. Taste and adjusting seasoning as preferred.

*The vinaigrette can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring back to room tempter and rewhisk to combine the ingredients before using.

5. Arrange the arugula in a large, shallow bowl. In a medium bowl, toss the beets with 2 to 3 tbsp of the vinaigrette, coating them evenly. Top the arugula with the beets, orange slices, walnuts, and dollops of the goat cheese. Serve the remaining dressing on the side.

For more delicious recipes from the chefs at Flour Bakery + Cafe pick up the cookbook Flour, Too  at Rolling Greens Los Angeles.   IMG_9137

 

Drought Tolerant: A palette of California friendly plantings
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We say forget what you think you know! Drought tolerant doesn't have to be dull, colorless, or boring. We believe the beauty is in the details. With the lack of water available due to the five year drought California has placed many restrictions on watering your garden. Luckily for us our talented team knows how to re-imagine your environments from planted container gardens, to sprawling backyards and large commercial installations. Drought tolerant gardening will provide lower water usage and reduced maintenance. And who doesn't love beautiful backyards that are easy upkeep? drought tolerant landscape

You might object to the idea of saying “au revoir" to your traditional lush green grass, as many people do. However, the experts at Rolling Greens know the vast amount of plants that are California friendly. There’s a number of plants that can survive even the hottest of summers. Many drought tolerant plants might even surprise you, we’re looking at you lavender and rosemary!

bottlebrush plant

kangaroo paw

aloe ferox

Grevillea

There is many trends that implement drought friendly gardening, one of our favorites is planted container gardens. It’s organized and extremely easy to maintain. Not to mention our shelves are busting with pots and planters of all shapes, sizes, and styles. If you need some inspiration check out our friends at Garden Design .

Creating your drought tolerant oasis isn't difficult and is an opportunity for a refreshed landscape or commercial property. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest to fuel your creative mind.

Our Summer Faux Florals!

Delicate Summer blooms are blowing us away this year; how can you not resist a fresh bouquet of peonies?! We're aiming beyond the temporary arrangement this month and diving into our tin buckets of silk & faux florals perfect for Summer and transitioning into Fall. Will you go faux or real this Summer? We're sure these picks will fool anyone!

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top image: lovely pink peonies | bottom image: enchanting mixed florals at our los angeles store

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top image: scabiosa spray | bottom image: jade stems

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top image: peonies | bottom image: allium sprays

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top image: tree magnolia | middle image: sedum

We are in love with the fresh + dreamy faux florals all around our Los Angeles store. Peonies popping up, quirky allium sprays, and creamy white scabiosa sprays are among our favorites! Having trouble working them into your decor? Faux florals displayed in industrial containers & buckets create juxtaposition perfect for a Summer mix-up. We've got an expansive selection at our LA & Culver City location in every color imaginable; come stop by to create your own arrangement that won't fade away!

A Summer Pineapple Granita.

Nothing beats the heat like a delicious cold treat! Ice cream & popsicles are on the top of our lists (hence our obsession with our neighbor, Sweet Rose Creamery). Lately, we've been spotting a few out-of-the-icebox sweet treats pop-up, like the granita. We were definitely intrigued! The Home Made cookbook in our pantry has the perfect simply recipe for a Pineapple Granita, mmm!

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Sounds delicious! We wan't wait to see what everyone cooks up, or in this case, freezes up, for a yummy summer treat! Happy Cooking!

Our Los Angeles Summer Marketplace.

On Saturday we hosted our first ever pop-up shop event, the Los Angeles Summer Marketplace! It was an incredible afternoon filled with some of the most talented individuals we've ever met! Our vendors brought some really unique products which were displayed throughout gorgeous booths & they endured the warm Summer heat like troopers. We had an amazing turnout with tons customers that we had the privilege of chatting with! Here's a closer look at the Los Angeles Summer Marketplace.

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 One of our favorite details of the event was the Selfiebooth created by our Visual Team! They painted vintage frames & created living walls with moss & assorted succulents. The wall was a fun backdrop for visitors who stopped by to snap a #selfie against the vivid wall. The best part? The living frames are for sale! And... You can still stop by & strike a pose!

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We completed the decor with hanging terrariums and assorted grab'n'go's fresh from the arrangement bar! We had the cutest mix with mini glass and clean white summer containers; all completed with vivid succulents, of course!

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Fresh cut florals were an absolute must! We created our own small arrangements in mini mason jars that captured the essence of Summer with vivid florals that were added to vendor tables! Illusiones Florals also brought an outstanding selection that mesmerized the crowd! We couldn't stop gazing at the stunning sunflowers!

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Jemma Sands Jewelry & Chocovivo were all smiles! Jemma Sands brought some amazing pieces filled with eclectic colors and Chocovivo stole over customers with the ultimate sweet tooth using their amazing chocolate! We also welcome some extremely talented live musicians, who created our ultimate Summer soundtrack.

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Espanolita had amazing Gazpacho shots that we kept coming back to taste! Her booth was filled with delicious gourmet goodies & fresh flowers.

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Elsa Atilano Woven Tapestries & Julianna Lacoste Jewelry alongside Ether Jewelry. The woven tapestries & art at Elsa Atilano were gorgeous pieces we had never seen before. Definitely unique at it's best! Julianna Lacoste & Ether Jewelry had gorgeous pieces (that a few of us had to take home!) that mesmerized many.

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Seed Floral had a show-stopping booth we couldn't take our eyes off of! WIth fresh florals, elaborate floral head bands, and tons of amazing eclectic pieces; they were a booth not to miss.

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Origin Supply Co. & Mallow Mallow! Origin Supply Co. displayed leather goods in rich hues and butter textures. What man wouldn't have wanted something from this booth?! Mallow Mallow was a booth with some of the most buzz! Their S'mores, in delicious unique flavor concoctions of course, won over many, even in the Summer heat!

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Pei Design brought the cutest illustrated prints, cards, notepads, & stationary goods we have ever laid our eyes on! Paris inspired cards + kitschy illustrations were a hit amongst the crowd. Wolf & Lamb Vintage showcased their handmade leather jackets which we can't wait to snuggle into!

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 Our DIY Potting Table by Rolling Greens was tons of fun! Everyone got to take a break, sit down and paint + pot a few succulents with us! Mine Design also joined us for the event and brought her amazing candles that we absolutely adore.

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Objects with Purpose brought her innovative coconut candles that you can wear as perfume, use as massage oil, or simply burn! Massey Honey Co. brought their delicious local raw honey in flavors like Wildflower, Blackberry, and Orange Blossom. Yum!

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Yellow House Handmade brought the most adorable paper goods and not to mention, unique charm cords that captured Summer in an instant!  Her pineapple print was one of our faves! Our neighbor on Beverly Blvd, Sweet Rose Creamery showed up with some extremely delicious flavors! Their Lemon Chiffon Sandwiches are too good to pass up (just saying!)

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Last, but not least, our very special pop-up guest Soko, displayed their incredibly unique pieces handmade by local artisans from across the globe. We were very happy to see so many customers flocking to their booth to support their impactful cause! IMG_0763 copy

Last, but not least, we managed to snap a picture of our awesome team who worked hard to put everything together, pictured with owners Greg & Laurie! Our entire staff at both locations were such amazing contributors who helped make this event possible! Thank you once again from all of us at Rolling Greens who attended & participated in our first ever pop-up shop event! (We've got more in store soon!)