last weekend was a big food weekend. miriam and i went to the local farmers' market and got some organic locally grown fruit and veg, and we also went to a seed sale at the van dusen gardens. my favourite favourite thing i got at the farmers' market was a brown paper bag of mixed exotic mushrooms. i luuuurve mushrooms, and these were all weird looking and delicious.
i made mushroom risotto, dealing with the slow process the usual way:
it was a world of delicious, but i won't show you a photo, because mushroom risotto always *looks* like grey rice even when it tastes like fabulousness.
at the seed fair i bought some basil seeds (my basil plant died in the cold, but i'm going to try again - this time i'll wait til it's warm) and some lemon-scented gum seeds, which apparently you can grow in a pot - very exciting! i miss gumtrees so much. will keep you up to date with that as i go.
the more immediately exciting thing i got was this:
it's a mushroom bag! if i look after it carefully and follow the insanely complicated instructions on the handout it will sprout shiitaki mushrooms all over, and can harvest them often and eat like a king! the first pic is what it looked like on sunday. here's what it looks like now:
the white blobby things are mushroom buttons! i can't wait!
i also realised that my famous blue lettuces (torn at the shoulder), haven't made an appearance for a while. they're still good! they survived the hard weather fine. they haven't got much bigger, though, which i think is due to overcrowding (and hard weather). see how squished?
so today i did a radical thinning, which i'm also calling a harvesting. hopefully this'll let the strongest plants grow nice and big. if they don't i'll pull them all out and start a new crop with the leftover seed. cos i'm cold and practical like that.
here's is all the lettuces i harvested:
i'm going to make a nice salad to go with my left over risotto. mmm-mmm.