I thought I'd put a photo here of the very happy Japanese peony that greets me every morning in the front garden. I really wish i remembered it's name so I could buy another or planted it out back where I could enjoy it more. It really is such a happy, riotous colour combination. They close every night and reopen in the morning.
Sure, there has been cooking around here, ma po dofu, char siu ribs, dry fried green beans, tonight is a cauliflower gratin with some scored and seared duck breasts, sprinkled with my house spice mix and glazed in ginger marmalade and pepper jelly, but I haven't really had the time to photo and write anything up, life continues at a feverish pace and this time of year the garden competes for my time as well.
The tomatoes are going bonkers in the upside down grower as well as in the earth grow boxes. in the garden bed are a few kinds of peppers, some zucchini, a few cucumber, some cape gooseberries, and a section of herbs with a few kinds of thyme, lemongrass, rosemary, basil, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, chives, cardamom, Vietnamese Coriander and sage. I would tell you about the Brussels sprouts, but it would seem that the future braise took an interest in them this week DESPITE my leaving him plenty to eat.
D.S., you know who you are, I owe you a lengthy email in response to your several recent ones, which, by the way, always bring a smile. I promise it is forthcoming, and your roses are indeed looking spectacular. This week was made doubly challenging by my three days of jury duty. I was chosen for a trial and it was really interesting to watch the process from the inside out. I really liked the judge and if I ever had to be in that situation I would want him on the bench. There were a few interesting twists and turns involving gender changes and language translations, but in the end we decided the defendant to be not guilty and sent him on his way.
I'm sitting now awaiting husbands return from perambulations with the puppy, all the windows are open, the braise is eating the cauliflower I left for him, the blue jay's are snacking on the meal worms I picked up saturday, the cardinal is in the bird bath, the night blooming jasmine is heavy with blossoms and ready to bust, I have a cheesy 70's mix on shuffle and a cocktail in hand, when the troops return dinner is on. What a shame it can't be June all year long.