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Now we move to feel for ourselves inside some stranger’s stomach…

I have spent the last year more or less single, which has been really great for me but one of the things I really miss is cooking.

I mean, I’ve been cooking. I actually cook for myself a lot. But I’ll make the same thing over and over because I like it, and who cares. I make easy, quick stuff that uses only one pot and since I’ve been “getting fit,” it has focused on nutrition rather than deliciousness more often than not.

But today, I am cooking for others!

I couldn’t be more pleased. Because I am out of practice, I am using two tried and true recipes. I will post pictures and reviews of them tomorrow.

But here is what I made for lunch after I finished the dinner prep work:

Fucking Delish Lunch Salad

Here is the recipe:

avocado. slice it. cube it. (I used a “slimcado” whatever that is. Those big ones? From cali? I only used half because they are giant.)

some cherry tomatoes. I used the low acid kind because that was what was ripe from my garden.

some blueberries. a handful.

Feta cheese. Feta cheese is my favorite cheese. It is lower in fat and high in protein and a little salty. Put it on everything.

Lemon juice. I got some lemon wedges, squeezed them over the salad and then threw the wedges into some sparkling mineral water.

Yes, that’s sparkling mineral water. Since I’ve gotten sober, that and tea is all I drink at home. I get some European kind that they sell on the bottom shelf of the International section of Wegmans. Because I’m fancy.

Go forth, make delish lunch salads. Tell me about them.

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Garden Scapes

Even though it is a blistering 90 something degrees out with a 51% humidity and climbing, I decided to take my time before a lunch with friends to do a little GTL. Gardening, Tanning, Laundry. (You are welcome for the cultural appropriation!).

the garden.

I know my garden looks crazy, and well, it is. I’m not a great weeder, in that I don’t have tons of time for it (and I like the wild look!). But all of that crazy green foliage that looks like past-their-prime daffodils is actually garlic. The whole plot is over-run with it and it actually breaks my heart to carve out little sections for the basil, tomatoes, squash, kale, chard, radishes spinach and endive… but I do.

heirloom tomatoes. and garlic.

basil. and garlic.

heirloom radishes.

Spinach, and garlic.

I don’t have to work ’til 4:30 and it is THE MOMENT to harvest the first of my garlic scapes!

garlic scapes.

Now to be fair, I did not know about garlic scapes until the other day. I had a few friends over for a little back yard BBQ and enjoyment of the Lemon Ginger pasta I mentioned in the Funky Flea article. When the aforementioned beautiful and smart Hannah saw all the garlic in my garden, she flipped.

Apparently she had received some through her CSA last year and couldn’t get enough. They are to her what fiddleheads are to me. I couldn’t be more excited. I love garlic. I use garlic in EVERYTHING.

Also, I didn’t know you had to cut these off before the cloves would fully mature, so. Double win.

Perhaps I will make some Garlic Scape Pesto, or this delish looking pizza:

from Not Without Salt


Do you have any good garlic advice / recipes? I could really use them!

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Antarctica, Nesting, and Urban Gardening.

When I work on the shop online, I like to put a documentary (or two or three) on in the background. It provides much needed relief for the tedious process of photo editing, or re-tagging, or even just making treasuries.

Today I chose “Encounters at the End of the World,” which is about Antartica. It has its’ overly artsy moments, as they all seem to do. But the thread through it is the idea of impermanence. They interview the man who runs a green house, supplying food for the scientific community (which is all “towns” are in Antartica). He talks about how many of the people who populate these communities come to be there, and he says several things that I find striking. He says that they are at the bottom of the earth. That everyone else has ties to something and they don’t, so down they fall to the South Pole. He talks about PhDs doing dishes, and linguists drawn to a continent “with no language.” There is also an interview with a Slavic expat who has been living on the South Pole for years but still keeps a pack with him ready in case he ever needs to leave at a moments notice.

This is all very interesting to me. I have always led a life with little ties. After I left home for college, my parents moved to Italy and rented our house out, leaving me effectively rootless. For several years after that I bounced around owning very little. Basically a plastic box of clothes, a mattress, a cat, a geriatric dog and sometimes a car. Oh, and an inexplicable amount of books. Everything was in a milk crate, ready to be turned up and put in the back of a truck. After the dog passed away, it was no holds barred. The cat, Edward Teller, was well trained to be flexible. I used to take him in the car with me like a dog on errands. I would take him when I visited places, knowing if I let him outside anywhere he would come back. We moved 9 times one year.

It was exhausting.

Things are very different now. Lief calls it “nesting” and it most certainly is. I still probably move much more often than the average person. Maybe I will always be that way. I don’t know. But I have been in this apartment almost a year (literally a personal record, since leaving my parents house) and though we are talking about moving again sometime between now and October, it is only towards the purpose of settling down even more.

The question is, are we moving BEFORE or AFTER my garden!??

It is March, which means both that I have recently suffered a birthday and more pleasantly, it is almost time to start seeds!

I have had a garden for the last 3 summers (even though I have had to move several of them…) and it is one of my most valued pleasures. I like to grow heirloom plants exclusively if possible (something else I owe to Etsy) because I value bio-diversity AND deliciousness!

Last year the garden was kind of a failure (due to my lack of time and attentiveness, an enterprising ground hog, my 90+ year old landlord who hadn’t even heard of some of the stuff I was planting and who “weeded” most of it, and her caretaker who planted generic seedlings on top of my beautiful sprouting leafies!!! ARGH) and I am determined NOT to repeat that mistake. Not only is it incredibly gratifying to work the ground, but the ability to provide food for yourself and your family (or in my case, Lief and Colin) is absolutely joyful.

Here are some of the things I have been dreaming about from seller TheBearFootShaman whom I bought many seeds from last year. If you love tomato salad, I REQUIRE you to invest in the heirloom tomatoes… They are becoming very trending and you can usually find them in local greenhouses as seedlings. I have not yet conquered starting tomatoes from seeds…

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