Monday, May 23, 2011

The Shame. My Mother Must Be Terribly Ashamed of Me.

So, last month-ish, Lou and I ventured up to Sky Nursery, one of the best (and largest) nurseries in Seattle (and that's saying something - those Ballard yuppies DEMAND their designer potting soil), and I grabbed a few herb starts, and most of the seeds that I've planted.

Oh, yeah, I should tell you right now that my mother was a forest ranger when I grew up, and is a gardening goddess.

Back to the nursery, while Lou was picking out a spider plant and fondling ferns for his office (he has some weird fern fetish), I spotted this cute little plant in a 2" pot with no name.  The label just said, "2" foliage. $1.79."  So, I bring it home, put it in the window, spritz it with water, and it starts reaching out to the sunlight.  It gets bigger, so I re-pot it, into a pretty ceramic pot with orchids painted on the side (I found a set of 4 at the big Goodwill on Dearborn).  Anyway, so, I'm here with my tiny little thriving-in-the-front-window plant, but I have no f'g clue what the hell the thing is, or might need in the future (scrambled eggs, private school, community college?).

After an extensive search of plant databases online today, I had to break down and call Sky Nursery, get transferred to their Indoor Plant section, and some pubescent college kid laughed at me, assuring me that this was not his first "What the Fuck Did I Buy?" call.

All that, and it's a freaking green ivy!  THE plant that will take over the planet after the apocolypse, and I didn't recognize it.

I'm sorry for letting you down, Mom.

Ess, bench, sei a mensch!

1 comment:

  1. Ivy took over the yard and ate my toys in front of my childhood house in Pasadena. Curse you, creeping foliage!


Scram, bitch, I'm on a break.

Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves