Sunday, August 16, 2009


If I thought you were gullible I'd say we've been invaded by space aliens and their young will be hatching soon. They certainly look like "pods" I've seen in sci-fi movies. But because I respect you and have a penchant towards honesty, I'll admit that they simply grew on a tree. Right here in my backyard. And grow they do until each one weighs 3-4 pounds. Under that smooth green skin they're aching to open and reveal their dazzling yellow orange flesh. Look how they tower over a pound of butter! They're Keitt mangoes and they've just been picked by hand off of my tree. This is the first year that there are more than just a handful. I never liked mangoes until I tasted one of these babies. You may have tasted their special flavor coming through my Mango Muffins, Mango Lassi or that famous Bonni Bakes drink, the Mango Tango. I've been trying to outwit a clever young squirrel who delights in throwing down partially eaten fruit from the high branches. Here's my problem, they're all going to ripen at the same time. I'll cook with some and freeze a lot for my own use. But I'll also have a limited number available for sale this week. So if you want a piece of tropical paradise, these organic beauties will be available for $3.50 each. First come, first served. Call me at 746-6647 to reserve one.

And now to consider the other extreme. Take a look at the details on this miniature version of the entire Bonni Bakes building, all four sides + roof. Karen Jennis took lots of photos, went searching for just the perfect rock and then painstakingly re-created it, including the tiniest of details. She painted a zillion individual shingles; chocolate chips on the cookie in the gecko's mouth; curtains seen through the front windows and even outdoor landscaping. Her concentration is amazing, especially when you're painting with a brush that only has two hairs! Make sure you see this little treasure the next time you're in. We'll be displaying an array of Karen's work in the near future. And yes, she does accept commissions.

This week culminates in a spectacular dinner on Saturday night, featuring an endless assortment of taste treats from countries in the Middle East. Stephanie's "MEZE DINNER" sold out quickly last time and many people were disappointed. Don't let that happen this go round. There are two seatings: 5:30 & 7:30pm, prix-fixe complete menu just $20+tax/per person. Here's the amazing line-up: Hummus, Baba Ganough, Marinated Olives, Basil Tomato, Marinated Cucumber, Feta Cheese, Olive Paste Tarts, Spinach Feta Triangles, Walnut Stuffed Grape Leaves, White Cheese Marinated in Garlic Olive Oil, Roasted Red Peppers, Assorted Pita Triangles, Falafel with Harissa, Zucchini Patties with Yogurt Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Kebabs with Tabouleh, Moroccan Chicken Triangles, Kefta Kebabs with Sesame Garlic Sauce, Baklava and Stuffed Dates. Beverages will include Orange Blossom Lemonade, Iced Mint Tea, Assorted Sodas and Turkish Coffee. VEGETARIAN OPTIONS! Bring your own wine, beer, and ouzo. No corkage fee. We don't take credit or debit cards, CASH ONLY. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 941-746-6647 to reserve.

Check out the Aug 19th Food Section of the Sarasota Herald Tribune for my interview with Marsha Fottler. If you don't want to cook the recipes yourself, join us on Sat night, August 29th, when we'll prepare the complete menu for Bonni's SPANISH BEACH DINNER. This menu was inspired by picnics I've shared with loved ones on the stunning beaches of Menorca, Spain. Including one at the beach where Mary Jane lived in a tent and Holstein cows wandered loose along the shore!

Gazpacho (icy cold pureed tomato based vegetable soup); Tortilla Espanol (classic potato & onion frittata); Gambas a la Plancha (large shrimp grilled with lemon & olive oil, then chilled) served with Aioli Caper Sauce; Fresh Orange & Red Onion Salad (with raisins, almonds & olives) dressed with Spanish Vinaigrette, Huevos Rellenos de Gambas (deviled eggs with shrimp, Spanish olives & paprika); Pan Integral (fresh baked crusty wheat bread); Dessert (Fresh Fruit with Spanish Pastries) and Beverages (Citrus Iced Tea, Assorted Sodas and Coffee). Bring your own wine, beer or Sangria. No corkage fee. $20+tax/per person. We don't take credit or debit cards, CASH ONLY. Two seatings: 5:30 & 7:30PM. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, Menorcan sandals optional. Call Bonni at 941-746-6647.

Meanwhile, there'll be a lot of yummy things available for lunch this week. We hope to see you soon. We'll be hanging some of the bras & panties that have arrived for our "Artsy Undies" cancer fundraiser exhibit, opening October 2nd. I'm working on mine, hope you're working on yours. Call for more information.

Hugs from the kitchen,
TUES August 18 STEPH'S TURKISH LUNCH served 11-2

Chick Pea Soup V

A hearty soup of chick peas with lemon, parsley and onions, served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Turkish Salad: V

Mixed salad greens from my organic garden, red beans, tomato, mint, parsley, with lemon-mustard-olive oil dressing served with homemade Pita bread. $4
Add chicken $2

Baba Ganough: V

Eggplant roasted and pureed with tahini and garlic and cumin,served with homemade Pita bread. $4

Falafel: V
Spicy chickpea croquettes stuffed into homemade Pita bread with lettuce, tomato, and topped with tahini garlic sauce. $4

Chicken Pita

Spicy yogurt marinated shredded chicken stuffed into homemade Pita bread with lettuce, tomato and tahini garlic sauce $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above, served with Brown bread. $7.50

Brown bread: (V)

Whole wheat, oats hearty bread. $3.50/loaf Take some home!


Coffee $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, bottled water $1


Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Peach Strudel $2.50
Baklava $2
WED August 19 STEPH'S MOROCCAN LUNCH served 11-2

Ramadan Soup V
Lentils, chickpeas, saffron, cilantro hearty soup; served with Moroccan country bread. $4

Moroccan Chicken Pie
Cinnamon, ginger, saffron spiced chicken sandwiched between layers of crisp phyllo pastry with almonds. $4

Spinach Pie V

Fillo dough filled strudel style with spinach, onions, parsley, eggs, feta cheese baked to a golden brown. $4

Couscous Salad V
Tomato, red and green sweet peppers, greens beans, chickpeas, cucumbers, raisins, green olives and couscous mixed with a tahini, mint, lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing; served with Moroccan country bread. $4


Coffee $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, bottled water $1

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Peach Strudel $2.50
Baklava $2
THUR August 20 STEPH'S IRISH LUNCH served 11-2

Cheddar Potato Soup: V

Potatoes, cheddar cheese and onions, in smooth hearty soup served with Brown Bread. $4

Cabbage and Mixed Greens Salad: V

Mixed salad greens from my organic garden, cabbage, tomato and green onions tossed with a honey mustard vinaigrette served with Brown bread. $4

Cheddar Sandwich: V
Shredded Cheddar cheese mixed with hot mustard, onion and mayo spread between two slices of home made Brown bread. $4

Egg Salad Sandwich: V
Free range organic eggs, mayo, mustard, celery and seasonings on top of two slices of Brown bread. $4

Beef Pasties:
Beef, potatoes and my own home grown organic Florida sweet onions encased in a pastry turnover. $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above. $7.50

Brown Bread:

A wholesome bread made with white & whole wheat flour and oats. Take home a loaf! $3.50

V indicates vegetarian


Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1


Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Peach Strudel $2.50
Baklava $2

Fri & Sat August 21 & 22 NEW YORK CITY LIGHT LUNCH served 11-2

When the pavement starts to melt and you seek the shade between tall buildings, you know it's summer in the City. Time for light tastes and textures that go down easy & soothe your soul. Relax & enjoy the fruit of my organic Keitt mango tree or take one of the giants home for $3.50

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Always a favorite, this delicious elixir is the color of an evening sunset gliding smoothly to the horizon. Crunch it up a little with Bonni's Breadstix on the side. $4

Quiche & Salad Platter
What could be cooler than a wedge of homemade quiche surrounded by crisp organic mixed greens with Mango Vinaigrette, plus fresh organic Keitt Mango from my tree. $7.50

Ses Salinas Salad (V)
Mixed organic greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Spanish olives & Feta cheese, served with Bonni’s Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $4

Grilled Chicken added to your salad $2

Pick Two: Bowl of Soup, House Salad OR A Stromboli* $7.50
*choose either Florentine (spinach/tomato) (V) or Roasted Veggie (V)

HANDMADE 8” THIN-CRUST PIZZA (vegan available on request)
Naked Cheese - mozzarella, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano (V) $6
New York - mozzarella, pepperoni, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano (V)$6
Mahon - mozzarella, spinach, tomato, red onion, red sauce, oregano (V) $7
Margherita - mozzarella, red sauce, tomato, Parmesan, basil, olive oil (V) $7
Chinese Chicken - hoisin, garlic, chicken, broccoli, mozzarella, scallions $7

(V) = Vegetarian

Keitt Mango Cheesecake w/fresh Blueberry Wine Sauce $3.50
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies $4.50/pkg of 4
Large crunchy cookie (assorted flavors) (V) $1.25

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