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Archive for August 29th, 2009

Bits n’ Pieces

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Nothing in depth, it’s a scattered, chilly August day (!!!) in Lansing:

  1. Computer

    I am making fast friends with a tech at my web host, trying to figure out how to solve my no-outgoing-email problem. I’ve fixed a bunch of problems, but still no outgoing mail. Thank goodness for Gmail in a pinch!

  2. Music

    We (The Fabulous Heftones) sang at Holt Hometown Festival. It was about 62 degrees F (16.66C). Last year the festival was just baking hot, go figure. It’s still August, but I wore longjohns and wool legwarmers under my evening gown.

    That wind was a bit mean! We whistle on stage, and the wind kept blowing my hair into my mouth (preventing efforts at whistling from making any sound at all). Crazy! It was fun anyway. We had a few fans there, just for us. That is SO rewarding!

  3. Wooly/Warm

    I am happily ensconced at home, now. I’m wearing my very warm alpaca-mohair cabled sweater, and thick wool socks, right now. Indoors. I was just wearing a caftan and feeling a bit warm, just a few days ago! August is too early for alpaca, isn’t it?

  4. Comfort Food

    The plan for dinner is pumpkin soup (winter food) and bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwiches (summer food). That also fits the “go figure” category. Brian went for groceries, bless his heart, so I can sip warm tea until he returns.

Thanks, Rita! (Heirloom Tomatoes as Art)

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

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Harvest Heaven

Rita comes to the Thursday Night knit-in session at Rae’s Yarn Boutique most weeks. She seems to crank out shawls (I bet it doesn’t feel like that to her, however). She’s passionate about books, and she also is a serious food gardener.

I was delighted Friday when she brought in a lovely basket of freshly-picked tomatoes and offered them to those in the shop. You can see that these are truly a delight to the eye. I assure you, they also delight the nose, and the taste buds.

She grew several types of heirloom tomatoes. The two-colored green ones are fully ripe, but not the color we see at the grocery. The red and orange ones look ripe, feel ripe, smell ripe, taste ripe.

Growing Up is Great

As a child, I would not eat anything that had even a drop of fresh tomato juice on it. I was a tomato detective: Mom would remove the tomatoes before I saw the sandwich, and I would cry after one bite, and refuse to touch that sandwich again.

I think the problem was mostly about bad, commercially-grown tomatoes. Yes, it’s great to have fresh foods all year round. Tomatoes do not seem to do as well in a greenhouse, though. Or at any rate, the standard grocery-store greenhouse ones seem like un-food to me, yet.

Plans for Saturday

I got out the nitrite-free turkey bacon from the freezer Friday, so that I can make some “bacon,” lettuce, tomato sandwiches. Unfortunately, that means I need to make my own bread. I don’t really enjoy the process, but the end result is wonderful.

Mom makes me a wonderful Irish soda bread with just oatmeal flour, and I will make my own loaf (it’s the only bread I can eat that actually sticks together enough to toast or make sandwiches). It’s totally worth the effort.

Continuing with Thanks

This time of year, the food is so excellent I am constantly happy thinking of it all. Thanks, again, Rita, for adding to my harvest-time pleasure!