The other morning I paid an overdue visit to the garden beds in the side yard. Now that the chickens are at the other end of the garden, and because of cold and wet days, I admit to neglecting our winter crops. Wouldn't you know? They are thriving under my uncare! One sunflower seed helped herself, and has grown three feet tall and bloomed, without me ever noticing her in the first place. The peppers are more green and abundant of fruit than ever before. Lush heads of lettuce are salad ready. We have chives, parsley, and a vigorous strawberry bed.
Quilter Steph asked about Art of Simple Food, Alice Water's cookbook, and the cooking club I joined. I am still in the club, and other members are actively, diligently following along. I got sidetracked in November (a sort of lost month for me) and then there was a bread section, and that was foiled by the saga of the Thermafail 2000. I have not quit or surrendered, but I am keeping my participation stress-free! I promise to post to Chickenblog any new recipes I prepare... good, great, or disastrous! So, Steph, have you picked up Alice Water's book? As few things as I have prepared from the book, her message about using the basics, fresh and in season, has made a nice impression on me.