First, I highly recommend to everyone within earshot that you try Maggie's Perfect Pumpkin Soup. She commented on my last post about adding a can of coconut milk at the end, which, oddly enough, I had already done. :-) I did it, however, out of necessity as I got a bit heavy-handed with the chilli powder and was looking for a way to smooth out the heat. It worked--slightly--but I must admit to liking the soup better before the coconut, even with the heat. It's a very filling, tasty blend and I actually ate it for breakfast several mornings running because I was still feeling punk and it most definitely cleared up whatever was lurking in my system. So go forth, visit Maggie, and make the soup. And also check out her beautiful picture of polenta. Well worth the trip.
Memorial Day was last weekend so I busted out Clemenza and got to grilling. I found some amazing all-natural charcoal by Stubb's, made from hardwood and vegetable binders, and I am a complete convert. Kingsford, you are dead to me. This stuff burns clean, smells clean, and leaves a taste like nobody's business. We had burgers and dogs (of course), nachos, and I had a very successful first attempt at grilling fish--a very nice piece of Arctic char. It's a cross of taste between salmon and trout and I was rather pleased with it. I loaded it on a hamburger bun today and slathered it with Dijon mustard. Yes, this removes some of the fishiness but, as I am very averse to salmon unless it is slathered with something, I felt this was the way to go.
We finished up with s'mores. Full of yum.
Have I mentioned my garden recently? Crusading One, tell your boyfried it is possible to grow stuff from the ground up. Really push that rock & roll aspect, too. :-) My garden is officially exploding now. Take a look:
A bucket of peppermint hanging from the apple tree.
This is right off the patio door and includes scallions, lavender, radishes, and a ton of mesclun. I'm not sure what is in the small pot in the front middle as I've forgotten what seeds I've sown. I think peppers but I did it on a whim so we shall see.
Early tomatoes. I'm really excited about these.
I've had a lot of luck with the mesclun as it seems to sprout like mad; what the final result will be is anybody's guess but I'm hoping to have a steady crop throughout the season. The fennel is also growing well on its own--I sowed the seeds directly into the soil instead of using peatlets--but my pepper plants have not thrived as they have in past years. My biggest problem is the slight running amok of fruit flies, which I think were already setting up shop in the bag of soil I picked up as it's only a problem with several pots and I remember those coming from a specific bag. Ants, too, have taken over. I really hate ants. I hate fruit flies, and flying ants, and pretty much anything that crawls from the earth and has more legs than I want to count. But I accept that I have to share with them. I don't like it, but I accept it. :-)