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!).
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.
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!
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!
On the Radio.
I listen to NPR sort of compulsively. It is tuned in on my clock radio, and plays quietly throughout the day and during naps. This morning I woke up to Prime Time, which is actually an AARP show. It is always awesome. This is what I heard upon waking up:
Since 1907… every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is somewhere on our planet, either in our atmosphere through incineration, in landfills if its been buried or if it has been disposed of irresponsibly or by mistake it ends up in our oceans or ends up in our natural environments. So every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is somewhere out there. Plastic lasts forever, we use it for a very short period of time, so it’s no suprise that these fingerprints are turning up all over our natural environments.
These are things you know. Right? We know that plastic doesn’t go away. But the idea that EVERY PIECE SINCE 1907 is still here is shocking.
(god, that image search was super depressing. “plastic trash island.”)
These gyres are the unseen consequences of our disposable culture.
Consumerism necessarily distances the consumer from the consequences of their consumption, and stewardship has been lost in our culture. I encourage you to look beyond the hipster esthetic associated with Etsy and thrifting and think about the environmental impact. Challenge yourself to use more vintage, second hand and re-purposed goods. If you are like me, you will find satisfaction in looking around your house and realizing that not only have you minimized your waste, but that you have created a beautiful and eclectic space filled with one of a kind items.
Here is some inspiration to get you started:
Wood Serving Bowl from HannahBellaMemories
Heart Measuring Spoons by BeehiveKitchenware
Seven Deadly Sins by trixiedelicous