Are you all ready for Spring? I am. I’m craving green vegetables, blooms and evening sunlight. I dream of fresh shelling peas and green garlic and the promise of juicy tomatoes just around the corner. A butternut squash on my counter was giving me sideways glances for weeks, and I was just able to bring myself to cook it tonight. Just when I thought the frigid days were behind us, yet another cold front has descended on the District. We burned through our firewood and braved the cold with our little metal cart to get more. I’ve enjoyed cozying up to the fire, making stews and drinking rich, dark beers, but I’m starting to feel cooped up. This week, the first farmers are returning to the market and a few anxious little buds popped up on the tree outside our front door. So, I’m putting my faith in Punxsutawney Phil and hoping that warmer months are just around the corner. Continue reading
I’m writing this from my couch in our new apartment, listening through the screen doors as the rain hits the deck and waters our newly-planted container garden. We wanted so badly to have a little garden and missed planting season by a long shot. But despite my worries to the contrary, like the rest of the big moves/changes/projects this summer, this too seems to be falling gracefully into place.
I’ve been desperately trying to keep two little sage and basil plants from our CSA alive on the balcony of a high-rise for the last month or so. The previous tenant left us a little jalapeño plant, oregano, some Thai basil, and the tiniest little flash of green of chocolate mint, that I almost pulled thinking it was a weed. A colleague moving out of town was looking for a home for few herbs and veggies, which we gladly offered to adopt. A trip to the garden section of the hardware store for some basic garden needs also produced two little lavender and rosemary plants. I feel less like we planted a garden and more like it just arrived and settled in with a little help from us. But, here it is. And bit by bit, out of the suitcases and moving boxes, I’m starting to see our home emerge. Continue reading
Bar prep has been both overwhelming and mind-numbingly boring at once, complete with administrative snafus along the way that made me question whether I’d be able to sit for the exam at all. I won’t bore you with the details — it’s bad enough one of us has to deal with it — but blogging has gone by the wayside a bit recently. To keep my sanity, I’ve managed to squeeze in a few trips, a couple long overdue visits with good friends, and some exploring in my new neighborhood in the District which I can’t wait to share with you. I have photos, earmarked pages, and bookmarked websites at the ready, but they remain an incoherent mishmash of “to do’s” that I’m still trying to get in order. In the meantime, here’s a little link round-up of interesting things I’ve come across lately: Continue reading
Spring is officially here. Although I do love the holidays, making comforting soups and stews, and the occasional snowfall, all in all winter’s not my best time of year. Paris is a sea of gray, buildings melting into the cloudy sky. After the leaves have fallen and it really gets cold, I go out less and feel cooped up and grumpy, missing riding my bike and taking long walks. By the time February hits I’m frozen to the core, missing the sunshine, and itching for a change of season. Overall it’s been a mild winter this year, but I still felt myself hitting that wall a few weeks ago. Continue reading