One thing I love about visiting my gardener friend at the coast: home grown produce! We had a magnificent meal last night, which included this salad made by yours truly (with supervision regarding flower choices). The cucumber and blueberries were purchased, but the lettuces and flowers came straight out of the garden.
For the curious, the flowers were Calendula (the petals), Borage (bright blue), Chive (the small florets) and Nasturtium (the whole flower at center). I had fun with the artistic arrangement.
In addition, we had appetizers including a goat cheese I’d brought from Portugal. It’s not bad on Triscuits…and our guest of the evening, a Portuguese expat living in Oregon, enjoyed a taste of home. He also brought a tawny port, plus excellent bottles of both red and white Portuguese wine. We all agreed that he’s welcome back any time! (He even drank the eau de vie made from Douglas fir needles — clearly a good sport.)
And Portugal beat Holland, so all is well in our world.