Home grown

salad

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.

tapas

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.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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9 Responses to Home grown

  1. Oh… I’m envious of that salad. It looks exquisite. 🙂

    • kepler20f says:

      And delicious, as was everything else (and that’s an understatement).
      The Portugal expat had a truly wonderful time. And the view… the view…
      Nothing against the distillation of Douglas fir needles either. Heck, it should be mandatory! It probably has other hidden qualities, since the evening’s mix did not have any morning-headache effects nor did it impair orientation (I was right, it was right).
      I’m extremely glad I made the trip, for so many reasons.

      As an added bonus, the morning bike ride was spectacular, great tip! It was fun to figure out the timing of the rain (it was 12 minutes sunshine, 10 minutes rain, then 14/11, 16/12… nice pattern 🙂 )
      I went back with the car and shot a quick video of the road (think nothing of it) – http://youtu.be/76OK44I1RnA

  2. xenatuba says:

    I’m with Maria, that salad looked excellent. And good to meet another blog friend. And enjoy the coast.

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