Monday, June 14, 2010
Come With Me and Eat Scapes
This past Friday night, Megan and I had plans to go to dinner and then go do some rocking and rolling. Unfortunately, she got a cold and wasn't feeling up to the rocking and rolling portion of the evening, so I went on to see some bands play all by myself. They were local bands and the show was the part of a well-attended local punk music weekend, so I wasn't too worried about finding someone else with whom I could chat between bands. And, indeed, as soon as I walked in I saw a group of people I knew hanging out on some benches back by the bar. It's easy to find the 35+ year olds at a rock show. Look for the people who've found a spot to sit down and rest their aching feet/backs/hips.
At one point in the night I was introduced to Christine. I knew of her, because she sings in a very fun local band called The Secret Loves. Any band that has a song about making out while watching TV Ontario is all right by me. Christine said she was happy to meet me, having heard from mutual friends about the novel I wrote. It turned into a bit of a mutual admiration society because I'd heard great stuff about her as well. And, just in case I didn't already want to be her friend, she told me what she does for a living.
She teaches horticulture.
Score! A friends who knows about plants! Who REALLY knows about plants. Whose job it is know about plants. I couldn't be more delighted. Especially because she said if I had any gardening questions I was welcome to ask. It is so reassuring to have someone with that kind of knowledge in my corner.
So it was with renewed gumption that I ventured into the garden this weekend. I got the rest of my seedlings planted, weeded until I could weed no more, and even did a little bit of harvesting. Yes, friends. My first harvested garden food of the season.
I only have five garlic plants in my garden, so I had only five scapes to work with. I decided to make some pesto. I liked that I could add my other harvestable foodstuffs: herbs from the window box on the porch. It also gave me a chance to try out the vegan parmesan, called Parma!, that I got at Panacea when I was in Toronto. And what pesto it turned out to be! Garlicy and delicious and so fresh. A garden success! It almost makes up for the fact that some creature has eaten all my kale.
Garlic Scape Pesto
5 garlic scapes, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tbsp fresh herbs (I used basil and parsley)
3 heaping tablespoons of Parma!
(or you could try this vegan parm recipe from Oh She Glows)
1/2 cup pinenuts
3/4 cup spinach
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Place all ingredients except for the olive oil and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.
When everything is evenly processed, turn food processor on and drizzle olive oil into the mixture slowly.
Season with salt.
This makes approximately 2 cups of pesto. We dumped it all on a big bowl of fresh, whole wheat pasta and added some olives and basil leaves to be fancy.
-The title of this post is a nod to one of the most annoying songs ever. Does anyone know what it is? It was so annoying it made it on to the "Annoying Songs" mix tape that my friend Adrianne and I made when we were in high school. We used to torture ourselves by listening to terrible songs. This would inevitably lead to uncontrollable laughter which would make us feel better about our sad, teenage lives.
-Hey, did you know that Top Chef starts this week? Top Chef! My favourite! I wonder if they'll have another wacky vegetarian challenge this season.
-You may remember my post about my administrative assistant, Diane, rescuing a dachshund named Anikin from our local S.P.C.A. Well, this weekend the Man of Science and I went out to Diane's house for a barbecue with the rest of my office mates and we got a chance to see Anikin, who is now called "Bud", living happily in his great new home. When we met him at the shelter, he was fresh from a puppy mill and had never been outside. He was skinny, his fur was worn away in places, and he was timid and sad looking. Now, he looks like this:
What a handsome guy! It was amazing to see him running around Diane's yard with his sister Maggie and our three dogs. Totally heart warming.
This Time Last Year: Roasted Potatoes with Chives (from the garden!)