Strawberry Spinach Salad Adopted by Strangeheart, Astronauts, etc and Old English

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Plant City, Florida, which is about 30 minutes outside of Tampa, is the winter strawberry capital of the world. The town begins pumping out berries in late January/early February and continues doing so until sometime in March. The high point of the season is celebrated with a festival that features music, games and the best strawberry shortcake around. In a normal year J-Fur and I will eat a few flats of berries together. This year she decided she was going to take part in the adopt-a-migrant farmer program and so she ate flat after flat all on her own. But a falling out with the company that runs the adopt-a-migrant farmer program (they used her money to get Arsenio Hall to sponsor) brought her strawberry eating to a sudden halt. This wouldn’t have been an issue except we had a flat still sitting in our refrigerator. I waited patiently, thinking her stubborness would pass. But it didn’t. Berries started to rot and discolor. Juice began leaking on our fridge bottom. I needed to get ride of a bunch of berries in a short time. So I sought out an appropriate recipe. I found this one.

Strawberry Spinach Salad (adapted slightly from Allrecipes)
(printable version)

-1 Tbs. Poppy Seeds
-1/2 Tbs. Black Sesame Seeds
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/8 cup white vinegar
-1/8 tsp. vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
-1/2 Tbs. white onion, minced
-10 ounces spinach
-1 quart of strawberries, cut into fourths
-1/4 cup almonds

1. Mix the seeds, sugar, oil, vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce and onion. Set aside.

2. Wash the berries, remove the stems and cut them into fourths. Place in a large metal bowl. Pour the dressing over the berries. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.

3. Spoon the berries over a bed of spinach. Toss to combine. Sprinkle almonds on top. Eat it.

Strangeheart is a Hollywood duo who put out the song “In Another Life” about three weeks ago. The track combines 70’s style pop magic with electro beats and a catchy chorus. I figured I’d post it just in time for their new song as tonight they will be unveiling a new track on the radio (LIVE 105) between 7-10.

Also berry worthy is the new Astronauts, etc track. “Sideswiped” captures the beauty of those few peaceful moments one experiences before falling asleep after a long day of stealing commodities from bargain bins.

I’ve sat on Old English’s album Prose & Kahns for a few weeks. Perhaps it was because the band has been working on the album for three years (in 6 cities and 3 countries with over 20 collaborators) and I didn’t want to not give it the justice it deserved. 27 total songs were written for the album. Each song needed to relate to the previously completed tracks. As a result we have in front of us an album that is transparent in design but varied in its influence. Inside you’ll find moments of brit-rock, shoegaze, electro-pop, and folk meticulously detailed and seamlessly layered in the same order that they were written. My favorite track is the oozing pop haunt of “Lotteries and Tents”

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