|“Their pedigree is long, romantic, historic– possibly even prehistoric… .”|
Certain it is that the people of ancient Egypt ate them, for they have been found in a tomb near the remains of Thebes. And peas long dried were uncovered among the ruins of once great Troy, where they had remained buried in pottery jars of some thirty-four centuries.Theophratus, the Greek who is called the father of botany, and who died in 287 B.C., referred frequently to peas as a common vegetable of his land. They were mentioned, too, a short time before the birth of Christ by the Roman poet Virgil. Much later, in the Middle Ages, the writings of the time indicated that peas were grown as one of the chief guards against famine, and that they were given a major part in the rations, home and abroad, of medieval armies and navies.In England of that time, peas were so generally in use that the terms “pottage” and “porridge” came to be practically synonymous with peas, and nursery rhymes revolved around them– “Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold.” The people of the Middle Ages, unlike the ancients who used dried peas alone as food, cooked teh green pods whole, dipped them in sauce, picked out the peas, and then threw away the empty pods.It was the French… .
who first popularized the eating of shelled green peas, and at first they themselves regarded purely as a fad such treatment of this vegetable.
Madame de Maintenon, in a letter dated May 10, 1696, remarks: “The subject of peas continues to absorb all others. The anxiety to eat them, the pleasure of having eaten them, and the desire to eat them again are the three great matters which have been discussed for four days past by our Princes. Some ladies, even after having supped, too, returning to their homes . . . will again eat peas before going to bed. It is both a fashion and a madness.”
Well– the Brits did not go mad over the little petits pois. It’s thanks to the Brits that we in the colonies have large, smooth, and unwrinkled peas.
Here’s a short documentary my daughter Sarah Simonson did for a Southern Studies class about Phil Stone (my dad’s first law partner) and William Faulkner that includes a section of my father talking about Stone and Faulkner. (I’m in there, too). I’m so glad this is on video.
|From Lucile Parker’s (1999) Southern Wildflowers, Pelican Publishing Company|
|Kagraner Sommer lettuce: “58 days — It is a good mid-season variety as it is slow to bolt in the summer heat. Originally from Germany, the heads are light green and medium sized. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 500 to 600 seeds.” Seed from Victory Seeds.|
|Oakleaf lettuce: I’ve had one large packet of these seeds for years and they keep germinating!|
|Butterhead Buttercrunch lettuce: “65 days. Buttercrunch is a vigorous grower with a creamy yellow interior, buttery, flavor and tender texture. Small heads are perfect for a single-serve salad. Loves moist but not soggy soil. The compact size makes it a good container variety.” Seed from Botanical Interests|
|Basil volunteers among the red leaf lettuce.|
|A single rat-tail radish volunteering to extend the radish season. Trust me. One is all we need!|
Rat-tail radishes are interesting. The roots get huge– but it’s not the root that’s edible! It’s the seed pods which mature just after it’s gotten too hot for traditional spring radish seeds to germinate.
|Last year’s celery gone to seed.|
Growing celery is generally considered to be the ultimate vegetable gardening challenge. It has a very long growing season but a very low tolerance for both heat and cold. There is not much flavor difference between the home grown variety and the store bought variety so most gardeners grow a celery plant purely for the challenge it poses. Read on to find out more about the best way to grow celery in your garden. [My emphasis]
Poppycock! Have you tasted home grown celery? It is far superior to store bought. I will grant that celery is difficult to start inside from seed. And it can collapse in the Mississippi heat. And it does like a lot of peat in the soil. But come on! The “ultimate vegetable gardening challenge”? The celery in the photo, above, volunteered last year and over-wintered. It’s seeds will no doubt volunteer later this summer, and those plants will over-winter so long as I mulch the bed well, and while all of this is going on, we will be eating homegrown celery.
|A teeny tiny celery volunteering to fill the cracks on the patio.|
This celery will not survive– it’s in the traffic path. But my point is, how can something be the ultimate challenge when it come up in the cracks?
Easy. We do not want to be wasteful.
Would anyone like some lettuce? Speak up!
So as not to TRASH THE NAT’I, I will say that the likedysplit internet access they have up in Cincinnati is pretty darned cool.
|Cincinnati chili, 1-2-3, served with oyster crackers|
|Taken with my phone. Please forgive the poor quality.|
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue had strong words Friday when asked about Tuesday’s vote on Amendment One.
“We look like Mississippi,” the governor told reporters during a visit to Greenville this morning.
Unofficial returns show the amendment – which defines marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman – passed with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against.
North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage.
State law already prohibited same-sex marriages. Supporters said they wanted to write it into the constitution to further protect traditional marriage.
Halfback: someone who moves from the northeast corridor to Florida only to discover it’s hot in Florida and subsequently moves half-way back to the northeast, i.e., to North Carolina
|Tangeman University Center, rear entrance|
|Tangeman University Center, front entrance|
|Tangeman University Center, right front|
|One freaking ugly monster.|
|The view from Colerain.|
|We had a great first evening back.|
We dropped Miss M. off at MEM.
We had breakfast at a CK’s Coffee shop
|where you can get a glazed donut burger.|
|I saw at least 1/2 dozen of these signs in yards.|
|We posted some mail.|
We had lunch.
And then POOF! We were at Mr. & Mrs. Kant’s!
|Delicious. Thank you!|
Kids & Dog photos get a dedicated post. Thanks y’all!