Every once in awhile I like to recap some pleasant or unusual highlights from my week. This is such a difficult time in the world, I figured I would share some more mundane, pleasant activities.
I drove back from Maryland on Monday after visiting with my family and the weather was very nice. Since this is a very long car ride, we get take out when I get home which is usually around dinner time. A new store opened near us that is a “concept supermarket”. Basically, it is mainly meant to take out prepared foods and pick up a few items. They don’t even have regular cashiers, all self checkout. The perimeter of the store is a bunch of Kiosks and we decided to get bar-b-q. So we each got a smoked pork platters (I got ribs, my husband got pulled pork) and sides. They also serve corn muffin tops, instead of hush puppies, which I am glad because I am not a fan of hush puppies. There was enough food for another meal for each of us and you could also say another two meals if you saved your muffin top for breakfast the next day (I did not, I had not eaten much on the road that day). But generally, I probably would. This came to a little over $20 so it is also a pretty good bargain as well as good food. I did attempt to food shop there this week out of pure curiosity and can honestly say it is not a great place for that for my purposes. They do have one feature I like that I photographed above which is cut your own herbs for 99 cents a sandwich size bag.
I went to work and the first plant I was greeted with to mount this week was Toxicodendron radicans, a.k.a. Poison Ivy! And the plant specimen was from NJ so it was not only Poison Ivy but it was decided that it was Poison Ivy with an attitude!
I like to conjure up odd salads because we tend to eat a lot of salads. Yesterday, I came up with this.
So what is this? It is Broccoli Rabe (known some places as Rapini) topped with kalamata olives, cannellini beans, a little bit of course shredded pecorino and a hard boiled egg half. It is dressed very lightly with olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil and a dash of red pepper flakes.
I will be teaching some botanical journaling classes so today I was working on some examples. The particular plant featured in this journal is a Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). It is not complete yet but I figured I would share what I have so far.
Above is the inside with the pages unfolded. It is a mixture of dried plants, drawings, rubbings, and collage.
This (above) is a close of of two of the interior pages and one of the exterior pages folded over. The exterior page shown is a rubbing of the tree’s bark.
The image above is from a part of the journal not yet finished. The one side to the left if a depiction of the trees’ trunks that are generally very tall and straight. This imaged is collaged from one of the bark rubbings. The two painted pages with nothing on them yet will be a cover page and an informational page that will tell about the tree. If you follow this blog, you may recall a few weeks ago I presented a How-To on botanical journaling on a local TV station. The link to that is here.