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I've fallen in love with kale this year - having had it more this year so far than all other prior years combined. Greens in general, actually. Once I got over my dislike - due to being exposed to CANNED.SPINACH (is there a worse thing?) that tasted like, well, can - I love greens in almost all forms. I've never met a green I didn't love - save the extra-gritty ones. Don't like those much. But the whole green thing is a total shift in palate. Used to, the only green I could even choke down was iceberg drowned in ranch dressing or new peas combined with new potatoes in a bechamel sauce. Still love that last one, but haven't had it in decades.
Back home as a kid, we leased out our acreage to be farmed and for a few years there, we'd have 30 acres of peas in the south field and 30 acres of potatoes in the north. I'd get dispatched out to dig some small (new) potatoes and shell up some peas. Now my mom was generally a lousy cook (see CANNED.SPINACH above), but she could rock a white sauce and we'd make the new peas and potatoes concoction by the big old potful. There is still nothing available to me today in the whole peas-and-potatoes realm that was as good as fresh out of the ground.
Enough waxing poetic about the food of yore. Well, except the throwback to Peppered Chicken and Dumplings on tonight's menu at Line Camp. I still haven't been able to get that out of my mind. Cuz really, when you combined fat and flour and cook it up in some manner, I'm loving it (see bechamel). I really don't want a whole order of it - just a taste - because dumplings can be all kinds of awful if they are not done right. Wonder if I could order them as an appetizer and split them between the four of us? Hmmm. Points to ponder.
I'm easing back into foodie mode, which isn't necessarily a good thing. After being dormant and forgotten, Hulu sent me a message out of the blue telling me that a Chopped special was available. So I tuned in. And then Top Chef came on. And then some Alton Brown. Throw in a little pinterest browsing, and suddenly I'm hungry! Note to Pinterest, the company - put in a filter so that when I browse everything, I can exclude food! Talk about triggers! Food porn, it is.
Anyway, that's all the news for today. I'm cleaning house this morning because Patty (the cleaning lady) comes today. I was out in the garden until dark thirty last night, trimming and pruning. It really is a jungle out there - I should have themed The Garden Party as Out of Africa rather than Downton Abbey.
I'm looking forward to Pebbles bringing her bike over and riding back out to the base. And then it will be interesting to see who shows up for level 2 of c0medy. After workshop, which ends at 5pm, I suspect it will be back to the garden. I'm very concerned about my Saint Augustine in the back. She looks very, very patchy. I need to get out to Marshall's and pick up some sort of organic fertilizer to put out. I've already missed the first window (I've heard it said to fertilize on holidays - President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day), so I'm a little late.
Time to shut up and get the day started. Two cups of coffee down and more to go.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. It is easy being green.