After living in NYC for over 10 years, I can still say I'm a Californian at heart. On my last trip out west, I spent the weekend with friends in Ojai. The beautiful valley is surrounded by hills and mountains and if you're lucky enough, you'll catch a family of quails running through. Hiking up in the hills that overlooked orange groves gave me a sense of peace and tranquility.
I returned inspired by the dry heat, varieties of cactus, channeling hippie chic vibes. Crystals were vibrating in my pockets. I swung by the farmer's market, where baby asparagus and fiddlehead ferns jumped out at me. If you haven't seen fiddleheads before, they look like little green snails with baby ferns tucked inside. They're only around for a short time, so pick up a basket if you have the chance. You can cook them like you would asparagus, grilled or sautéed are ideal.
This first dish is perfect for a warm day and can be served as an appetizer or veggie side dish. Try making the ayocote hummus ahead of time and top off with grilled vegetables. And don't forget a dusting of coffee and chia for a little earthy Ojai magic.
Photography and Styling: Diana Yen
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