I heard today that a close family friend passed away. He was in his 80s, and was a grandparent figure for me as a little kid. What I remember most is that he had a big garden (or it seemed big to me!) It was the size of his whole backyard, and I would follow him up and down the rows, wanting to see and smell and touch all of the veggie plants. I think that’s where I developed my love of gardens and growing food.
I wanted to post to express my love for this lovely human being, and thought of visiting pepper plant that a deer made into its lunch (why, I don’t know). I was more than surprised when I realized that although the tops were gone, the bottom started to regrow and is extremely hearty just a week after it was deer-munched. I’m not sure how much of a better metaphor for life I could have asked for. And sorry I can’t share the picture, I don’t know where our batteries are packed (sigh)
So I dedicate this post my Uncle Saul and to all the people who have shared their time, their love, their generosity and their passion with me, in big ways and in small, to help shape me into who I am.
Our theme for this week is olives, as hosted by Wendy of Celiacs in the House. I don’t know that we’ve ever had an olive theme before, so I think that’s awesome! They add so much flavor to a dish.
Curried Kale and Turkey
Herb salad with salmon and cassava crackers
Quinoa with kalamatas and sauteed mache
Something with beans….TBD