Saturday, August 11, 2007

A simple Saturday night

We've had no rain for the longest time. So I wandered slowly through the yard tonight watering the plants that seemed to need it the most: my apple trees, the linden, the tomatoes. I love my little piece of ground, happily shared with a chipmunk, moles, butterflies, dragonflies, squirrels, birds and the occasional toad; grudgingly shared with a groundhog; shared against my will with mosquitoes and yellow jackets.

I'm spending a quiet evening surrounded by my books, enjoying the memory of a simple meal tonight; a salad of carrots, basil and tomatoes, all fresh from the garden; and white rice blended with minced fish, tiny hot peppers -- also from the garden -- and fragrant garam masala for seasoning.

12 comments:

leslie said...

What a great evening! I recently discovered garam masala. Isn't it amazing how spices bloom in the combining? Very like your wonderful blog community. You are appreciated.

...Kat said...

and isn't simple the best!

I do not grow any garden foods for my own consumption..... if I did plant any tomatoes ( well, I have) it would be the cherry tomatoes and I would let them ripen and fall for the Box Turtles (and the tomato hornworm with its spiked end could have all the foliage) the cabbge would be for ? you guessed it, the cabbage white butterfly. presently the fennel is for the Eastern Black Swallowtail :-)
If they left any over for me, that would be fine too.

eastcoastdweller said...

Leslie: It is indeed wonderful how spices bloom in the combining. India truly excels at making such combinations.

My other favorite spices are Hungarian paprika -- good in almost everything -- and allspice. Try the latter in Your waffle batter sometime.

eastcoastdweller said...

Kat: It seems that even though I grow food for my own consumption, a great deal of it gets shared by the local wildlife.

The birds get all the raspberries and most of the strawberries. The groundhog loves the peas. The asparagus beetles naturally feast on the asparagus -- they are such beautiful little pests, like tiny evil jewels.

And just a few months ago, a rabbit spent most of the evening sitting in the thyme munching away. I couldn't bear to chase him off. The thyme will grow back.

Princess Banter said...

How I love Saturday nights like those!!! They by far stump all those all-nighters I've had drinking booze and dancing all night long. It's quite funny how when I was younger, I thought that was the best way to spend a Saturday night. Boy, was I ever wrong...

anandi said...

First of all, thanks for the compliments.
Good to know that you love nature coz I, too am a lover of nature.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Ah the quiet night with books - that's the best. I hope you enjoyed it.

eastcoastdweller said...

Anandi: Regarding nature, I am reminded of a great line from Pink Floyd:

"So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?"

eastcoastdweller said...

Claudia: I did enjoy my evening. Thank You for the well wishes.

Rebecca said...

One of my favorite Pink Floyd songs...wish you were here. Roger Waters sure could pen a mean lyric!

Lyn said...

I really like YOU!!! You are something special, and, your simple tastes are the absolute most endearing quality ever.... sorry if this seems overwhelming, just saying, I REALLY LIKE YOU!!!

eastcoastdweller said...

Rebecca: Every human being should own at least one Pink Floyd album and spend some quality time with the lyrics.

Lyn: The feeling is mutual!