Is it any wonder that Thyme was thought to enable one to see fairies? I can just imagine them peeking through the tiny branches to take a look in return.
And this miniature "tree" is actually a hop-headed thyme. It looks like a bonsai, but actually achieves this look without the years of pruning and shaping. Love it with the succulents around it - and they all like similar conditions (dry, well-drained).
Wouldn't you love to hang a tiny swing from the lowest branch... ;-)
From The Courier-Journal newspaper
1 pound sliced mushrooms (a mix of fresh mushrooms is good)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon (freshly ground) black pepper
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound tilapia fillets, or other firm-fleshed fish
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread mushrooms over a wide, shallow baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt, peppers, thyme and garlic. Stir to distribute evenly. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove pan from oven, stir mushrooms; push them away from center. Place fish in the middle. Turn the fillets over, drizzle with remaining tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Bake 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. Serve with wilted spinach and garlic toast (or wild rice mix).
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbl. grated lemon peel