Adding a Little Bit of Spice

Adding a Little Bit of Spice

I spent the weekend in Birmingham with Dad. His new girlfriend, Sheila, loves to cook. She’s got these little herb pots all lined up in the kitchen window. I guess we always just ate whatever came out of the box that Mom brought home. I never know what any of it looked like. How soft basil leaves are or the thorny bits of rosemary. I mean, Dad’s kitchen was just amazing!

Back at home, I was watching a video with Ted and he said that some herbs grow well outside, like thyme and mint, but others are better inside. It was like an obsession came over me. By the end of the night I had my own little forest in my run down kitchen. But when Ted came in with a big armful of celery and carrots from our trade basket, I couldn’t wait to try out some of the new flavors.

We got this big chicken to roast and stuffed it full with lemon and a bunch of the herbs tied in a bundle. Teddy warned me that I need to let the things grow before I harvest the whole lot.

I shall never go back to pre-packaged foods again. This has been the most amazing time. I have a new home near the sea with new friends and a whole new hobby that’s complicated enough to keep me busy for years to come. How marvelous! I’m sounding so very twee. Before you know it, I’ll have married Ted, bought an old farmhouse somewhere and start to raise pigs. It’s a frightening thought.

I heard one of online casinos shut down this week. But I think it never really got off the ground. BGO casino contacted me this week for a year’s worth of images. I wonder if they need any new content written? Should Ted and I start our own company? Growing herbs creates growing thoughts. It’s going to be an exciting year!

What Do You Do With It All?

What Do You Do With It All?

Once the peas started coming in I started looking up recipes. However, after the realization that I don’t particularly like pea soup or even peapods in a stir-fry, I came to the understanding that I will not eat the two large bags of vegetable that my gloriously growing vines have produced! Then there’s the line of tomatoes on my kitchen window sill that are ripening. I love pasta with a nice marinara, but I am only one person. Teddy shared some of his aubergine and together we made the most marvelous parmesan, but for real?

So, I took some of the produce downstairs to Gladys. She loves pea soup. And to cook! Yesterday she rang me up and asked me to stop by. She created this wonderful casserole with all our veg in it. OMG! And she had made enough that both Teddy and I had plenty for two or three meals apiece.

So, I suggested to Ted that maybe we ought to leave out a basket by the walk with our vegetables in it with a note that if they would like some tomatoes, please do! Simply put something back into the basket–like fresh bread or maybe some biscuits.

Suddenly it is all clear to me. It’s one of those moments where that “it takes a world to raise a child” thing comes into focus. I have been eating so well over the past week, but I only grew tomatoes and peas. There have been biscuits, potatoes, a bag of rice, and even a tin of smoked fish.

While we were splitting up the stuff this morning, I asked Ted what he does for a living. He is a freelance writer. I know that Drake was looking for help with their new social media campaign and sent Ted to them. He picked up a new contract and will be working to provide them actionable topics to engage their audience. How awesome is that?

I have to get back to work now. I am creating frames for chat rooms–the images for the frames. 7red wants something full of scrollwork for their European castle themed slot game.

We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone

So, Teddy brought me my first ripe tomato today. It had bite marks in it. ewww! When I complained, he said that it was food, wasn’t it? Did I think I was the only one on the planet interested in the tomato? I really hadn’t thought of it before. So this week I spent looking around our garden and learned some amazing things.

Hedgehogs are one of the cutest animals on our planet! OMG. Bright, beady black eyes in this doll-like face with little grabby hands. I spotted one digging by the aubergine plants late last night when I walked out for a break from compiling a new image for 7red. After blending endless lines of rainbow colored neon, your eyes need a bit of a break. They’re launching this new game aimed at the rainbow crowd. Every freakin’ image in the database needs an exploding rainbow! I am freaking out a little at the repetitive imagery. But it pays good, so who am I to complain?

Anyway, back to the hedgehog. Who apparently eats those nasty slug things. I hear rustling under the bushes near the garden all the time. Teddy thinks it is mice or voles. And he says as long as we have the garden out here, they will be less likely to come in and raid our pantries.

I guess I never thought about the fact that a whole bunch of animals live around us and are busy eating the stuff that is made just for them. Why do I need to worry about getting rid of them if they aren’t bothering me? I was just thinking about that while an advertisement for a pest guy aired on the telly. If I poison the ant and the hedgehog eats the ant…that can’t be good, can it?

I threw out the box of bug spray I wanted to use on the tomatoes. I guess I don’t need to eat them all. I can share.