Wednesday, August 26, 2009

if you think her typing rambles, you should listen to her talk

table cloth

I was just scouring my photo archives for a capture of before and afters of my (albeit puny) backyard. We've made a lot of progress back there. I don't really know why I bought a house with such a tiny backyard, it might have had something to do with the way our family was deteriorating and we were under the house hunting gun. But, in a turn of events that is atypical for me and mine, our quick fast utilitarian emotionless decision evolved into a home we love very much. I love the space, the feel, the floor plan, the openness, the simplicity. Sometimes I wish I could pick it up and plop it down in the city, but that's the stuff of fantasy and the here and now is fine enough. Our backyard was nothing, just an overgrown narrow mess of vines and weeds, when we moved in. And now it's usable. Small, but adequate. Play space and growing space (not the vegetables, those are in the front. but we do have some hefty old grapevines and 3 hazelnut trees) and a wide covered patio and plenty of room for hanging laundry in the sun. What more could I ask for, really? Anyhow, I did not find, in my fast search, the landscape photos I wanted. But I did find that one. A vintage tablecloth thrift score. I saw a hint of the colors and pulled that cloth out of a pile and swooned. Oh. I am such a sucker for bold graphics (of kitchen implements!) and thick, sturdy cotton, and paying four dollars for something so right.

Unrelated but on my mind: my boy's slowing down on his cucumber consumption. This is noteworthy since he and I are the only cucumber eaters in the house. If I put them on their plates, washed and sliced and ready to eat, the other two will swallow them down, begrudgingly. I sowed lots of seeds which have only produced one fruit, so far. But we got several from our ace farmers this week and maybe there will be more next week, and I have one or two leftover from *last* week. I love cucumbers. I really do. But out of hand and sliced in salads is feeling monotonous. I need to help with coming up with creative ways to use them. Suggestions? (um. edible ideas only. yeah.)


Deb said...

Have you had vinegar cucumbers? Like fresh pickles, I guess. This is how my great-grandmother made them: Peel and slice the cukes and layer them in a jar along with sliced (not diced) white onions. Cover halfway with white vinegar then fill the rest of the way with water. Add a pinch of salt and I think she also added a pinch of sugar but I skip that part. Let them sit in the fridge for a couple days. Ohhh, they're so good on a hot summer day.

Also, how about making some tabbouleh? I make it with quinoa instead of bulgur; it's light and flavorful and crisp, perfect for summer.

Lisa said...

I was going to make the same suggestion as Deb. I add fresh herbs into there as well. Rosemary, sage.

Middle Kid said...

I know you don't like recipes, but I found this one that's basically what Deb and Lisa were talking about:

midgettroyani said...

My favorite way to eat them:

cucumbers sliced in circles
wedged tomatoes
sliced white onions
some olive oil
lots of white vinegar
garlic & herb seasoning (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)

put in bowl where juice just covers veggies. cover bowl. put in fridge for at least an hour. Eat out of juice w/ fork.