Wednesday, June 29, 2011

herb garden.

I want a dog, but this isn't about a dog. There is a running joke in our house that before I get a dog, I have to practice by keeping a garden without killing the plants. Then the dog will be practice for kids, but that's something else entirely. I baby my plants. I talk to them. I pet them (practice for a dog, remember?). The oils get on my fingers, then I smell of mint and basil and oregano and lavender. All good smells.

The mint is passed along from my mom. The boxwood basil was on clearance for $2, unwanted and in need of a good home. The smaller basil and oregano were grown from seed, the packets of which were a Christmas present. And the lavender was also a present from a different friend at a later time (from LaTech's farm, a source of cheap, good plants; if you live near a university that has a farm for the ag students, go forth and get good local products!).

I wonder if all of this means I can scratch "grow an herb garden" off my New Year's Resolution list? James says no, that it only counts until I harvest from the small basil and oregano and until the lavender blooms.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Temperatures have been past the hundred degree mark, so lunch must need be fresh and cool: fish tacos with mango salsa and a champagne glassful (or two) of Elderflower Pressé.

MM said Elderflower tastes like champagne without the alcohol.
I think it tastes like flowers and fruit and summer with a little burst of bubbles.

tilapia oven baked with olive oil, salt and pepper until done.
wrapped in a flour tortilla with lettuce and mango salsa.

Mango Salsa:
1 mango, chopped
3 green onions chopped fine
a small handful of cilantro
olive oil
lime juice
salt, pepper

Combine all ingredients. Squeeze out the juice of the mango from its stone
after you chop it. Drizzle lime juice and olive oil to taste. Salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

fiber jewelry: etsy roundup.

(sold, but you can get it in grey here.)

HilaRawetKarni's Kipul Laura Half Necklace

Theif and Bandit's Braided Fabric Bracelet

GOLDhearted's Sucre Bracelet

*all images from their respective owners on Etsy.

Monday, June 20, 2011

variations on tuna.

The pantry staple of canned tuna and the ubiquitous meal of tuna salad-- it's something a lot of people eat, and every one of them has their own variation. It's one of those things that I'm intensely curious about-- how do you prepare your tuna salad? I think that telling is like telling family secrets. Except this one doesn't really matter, does it?

1. tuna with apple and curry
Open and drain two cans of tuna.
Flake with a fork in a bowl.
Stir in 2 scant tablespoons of mayonnaise, and 1 scant tablespoon of mustard (yellow, dijon, or brown)
Add 1 scant tablespoon of sweet relish.
Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of yellow curry powder.
Finally, fold in half of an apple, diced.

2. bbq tuna
Open 2 cans of tuna and drain.
Flake with a fork in a bowl.
Add about 1/4 c. shredded cabbage and 1 grated carrot.
Mix in a 2 tablespoons of a light, vinegary bbq sauce like Jack Miller's and 1 scant tablespoon of sweet relish.
Season with seafood grilling seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Serve on toasted bread with sprouts or lettuce.

3. tuna and pesto
adapted from The Curvy Carrot
Open and drain two cans of tuna.
Flake with a fork into a bowl.
Mix in 2 scant tablespoons of pesto and 1 1/2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with lettuce and tomato.

4. tuna a la Laura
from my friend of the same name
Open and drain two cans of tuna.
Flake with a fork into a bowl.
Mix in 2 scant tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flake to taste.
Serve with olives, tomato, cheddar, and lettuce.

Friday, June 17, 2011

head in the clouds.

I've always liked rolling clouds.

Sometimes, when the sun breaks through and limns the white clouds in gold, it feels like an epiphany from God.

Just as well that we're moving from Louisiana to Seattle in August. I think that cloud cover two-thirds of the year will suit me just fine.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

found flower arrangements.

I don't often have the luxury of buying flowers for myself, but I love having fresh flowers in my house. So, being the scrounger I am, I'm always on the lookout for pretty wild flowers along the road to put in my array of milk glass vases.

This is my most recent, a tiny handful of lovely gold and burgundy flowers found in front of a dumpster. Below are an arrangement from March, when the narcissus and daffodils were blooming. Some of the flowers were growing wild around my little renter's house; the narcissus were growing in two tiny patches at the end of the street.