Monday, April 27, 2009

The radishes are looking strong! I'm going to have to thin them out a bit. I'm looking forward to harvesting vegetables this summer. This past week, I went into the grocery store and bought every vegetable I don't regularly cook with: beets, parsnips, cauliflower. Cauliflower turned into an aloo gobhi masala with some potatoes I had, and I roasted all the root vegetables together. Highly successful experiment. Happy spring!

Monday, April 20, 2009

On the Container Gardening Front...

The little san marzano tomato seeds that I brought to the office for a little bit more sun have finally started sprouting!
Just one little sprout so far, but they're definitely benefitting from the big office window.
At home I'm starting to see lots of sprouts of radish and rapini. Pictures to follow!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Great Food in Adams Morgan...

Split plates are definitely the key to eating well in this city on a budget. Perennial favorites:

Bistrot du Coin (Dupont): mussel pot, $8.
El Pollo Rico (Clarendon): half chicken, $8.
Kramer Books (Dupont): Mixed Grill, under $20
L'Oreal Plaza (Adams Morgan): Surf n Turf Grill, under $20

But the great new discovery is half price burger night at the Black Squirrel, a great Adams Morgan bar with 85+ beers. The burgers at this place are beyond compare. The chef sources his own meat and grinds his own unique mixture, which includes, of all things, duck fat. Then the burgers are cooked in a cast iron skillet. We ordered one with brie and caramelized onions, and it was definitely enough food to split. (And, at half price.) Did I mention they have more than 85 beers...?

We will definitely be back, quite possibly every single Thursday night this summer!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Container Gardening Adventures

This past Sunday I planted the seeds of this year's container garden. I have a teeny balcony outside my living room window (faces north) that's about 1' x 3'. Here's what's out there:

Herbs Container: basil, rosemary, thyme, sage (starter plants) plus harvested seeds of citrusy basil from Eco Farms.

Greens Container: Rapini, Beets, Chard (seed).

Roots Container: Fennel, Radish, Baby Carrot (seed).

Other: Peas (seed)... and 4 little San Marzano Tomatoes (seed) that come with me to the office for better sun. When work is building playgrounds, a little community gardening in the office is welcome. :)

Follow progress over the next 60 days... also, stay tuned for my clothesline gardening adventure - in search of some south-facing sunlight for my baby san marzanos!

Monday, April 6, 2009


Welcome wanderers and wonderers! Time to get this adventure off the ground.