June 26th, 2007
A very tasty, upscale vegetarian restaurant here has published a cookbook with ALL of their menu inside. I don’t think they’ve left a tasty niblet off. Everything look delicious in the book and, surprisingly, most don’t call for Martha-sized ingredient lists. They seem rather simple, until you read the 2-page long recipe that follows. Man, are these complex! I’m ready to take a stab at it… soon.
I planted some potted herbs to enjoy this summer. Gardening in Seattle is very different from gardening in Kansas, where I was born. It’s June 26 and yesterday I wore a light sweater and a coat and had to wear winter socks to bed. It’s warm (and I say warm, not hot) for about 2, maybe 2.5 months every year, which makes for a very short growing season. The tomatoes don’t usually ripen until late August. I felt like I had put my plants out a little late, but really it’s been so cold. Did you know few people have air conditioners here? I haven’t even used a fan yet this summer. The very first summer I lived here, I vividly remember the newscast interrupted regular programming to tell people to stay indoors, drink lots of water, don’t move too much–because it was 99 degrees. Breaking news! I love heat and summers and warm, freckled skin laying in cool grass. Thankfully, it’s supposed to be nice today–80!– and I have the day off. I hear the beach calling my name.