The summer keeps rolling on here in Alabama, quite greenly and steamily, and for once I feel like I am taking full advantage of it. Can we talk about the food? Piles and piles of fresh, local, organic, in-season produce every week, and I’ve got nothing but love for it (now that the vicious onslaught of cabbage has finally come to an end anyway).
Just today, my bag was chock full of butternut squash that I can save and use for months to come, according to the ever-informative letter from Farmer G.
Here’s a mystery item that my friends on Twitter and Flickr helped me identify:
The internet is so useful! It was a lemon cucumber! So named, I think, because it looks kind of like a lemon, not because it tastes especially lemony. (Thanks for the assist on this one, peeps!)
I’ve also got a wealth of melon lately (watermelon and cantaloupe) plus the usual summer squashes, cucumbers, carrots, and so on.
This has led itself to the great return of bento lunchboxes! (As always with photos, click the image to go through to Flickr for more info, including what’s in the box, etc.)
Oh yes indeed. If you’ve been around here for long, you may remember a few years back when I got enchanted with the idea of making cute little lunches in tiny Japanese bento boxes — well, the fever has returned!
I’m not making any elaborate recipes or anything at this point, just using the lunches as a nice way to pack fruits and vegetables instead of the old routine of CLIF bars or yogurts or whatever. It has become a great success! My friend M. has already requested that I make some for her and mail them to her (she lives in another state), and my guy friend tells me he is jealous and is going to start showing up to work any day now with a (Hello Kitty-shaped!) bento box of his own. A joke, I assume.
But isn’t there just something charming about the small, pretty lunches? I think so. If I could make them downloadable for all of you, I would, but until The Future (when such things will surely be possible) (and old fogeys such as we will be by then shall forever be reminiscing about the quality of Vintage Analog Food that we just can’t get anymore), these photos will have to suffice.
In other seasonal news, I have been actually enjoying the outdoors lately too — quite unlike myself the past couple of years here! Ever since I have become a runner again the idea of heat and humidity that I might experience doing lower-intensity activities such as walking, sitting, or just being outside? Not so bad. No need to hide in the air conditioning now! I’m still hitting the trails every weekend for a lovely long run in the quiet, green, and eerie woods:
If I can run ten miles in this weather, or do seemingly endless 200-meter sprint reps at a track that is as humid as the inside of a dog’s mouth, I can certainly walk downtown, for example, to catch a World Cup game at the bar. Especially when there will be a cold beer there waiting for me.
So the outdoors and I? We are getting along famously. I am even the proud owner now of sunscreen and bug spray.
This past weekend, we tried to go to an outdoor screening of Night of the Living Dead at a local park.
It wound up getting rained out (HUGE torrential thunderstorm), but fun was had admiring the amazing view and the pink sunset and throwing the Frisbee. My first time throwing a Frisbee in probably over 20 years, I feel I must add.
It’s a summer of firsts in a lot of ways — including my quest to (FINALLY) watch a bunch of classic movies I always felt I should have watched but never got around to. The project is ongoing and this post is already long enough, so I’ll have to write more on that later.
But! If you’re in the mood for audience participation: What are your favorite classic movies? What classic movies have YOU never seen? If I haven’t seen them, they’ll get added to my Netflix Queue! Tell me what to watch!