*An omelet. 6-8 fingerlings sliced and sautéed 20 minutes in oil with half a red onion, diced. In a separate bowl combine 5 eggs + 1 egg white (a little idiosyncrasy of mine, when scrambling many eggs, to omit the last yolk, and just use the white) with a commensurate volume of milk and beat well. Pour egg mixture over potatoes. Add ample amounts of sliced roasted red bell pepper, and some rosemary. Cook on med-low heat until set, lifting the sides with a spatula to let the runny parts go under the omelet and get cooked. When it's set, turn down the heat and add grated cheese. Cook until the cheese is melty-good. To make it better, add sausage chunks when you add the pepper. Serve with Syrah.
At this exact moment, in the background is playing the Penelope Hobhouse's DVD, The Art and Practice of Gardening, recommended here by a commenter at Garden Rant, a blog I hardly ever read anymore (What, does Michele Owens have some new batshit complaint about California that my life won't be complete without? Oh!).
The DVD's been playing for only a few minutes, but I love it. This conversation, between Penelope and some stiff Englishwoman strolling a garden, is quoted verbatim:
Penelope: And you have such a good selection of red dahlias [pronounced "DAY-lias"] too.
Stiffy: I love them. Aren't they beautiful?
Penelope: They're beautiful. And I can't see any staking for them, either. Are you not staking..?
Stiffy: I have a marvelous husband who discretely stakes. They're hidden in there.
Penelope: I wish I could borrow him...
Both: [unintelligible mumbling]...
LOL. All my gay readers have watched this DVD several times, haven't you? I'm the last to know.
Speaking of omelets, and the vegetables you might put in them, I'm rather envious of Frances' and Christopher's vegetable gardens, off to blazing starts. Frances even reports harvesting peppers already. Half my tomatoes look good, and a pumpkin* vine is going strong, and the Phaseolus coccineus** are idiot-proof. The rest of the vegetable garden--i.e., the other half of my tomatoes, and all the squash--not so much. I find all the plants that I grew from Territorial Seed are doing well. Plants grown from other sources suck. I'm especially disappointed with the progress of the 'Black from Tula' tomato. The 'Stupice' are more than three times as large. I'm left with a difficult decision: let it go and see what happens, or rip out the underperformers and replace them with...something else.
*Most sources I've seen say pumpkins need heat to do well. Yet all up and down Highway 1 between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, farmers grow pumpkins in cool, coastal fog (much cooler and foggier than Bernal Heights). Half Moon Bay even has an annual Pumpkin Festival in October. So, whatever to pumpkins-need-heat.
**Some species of Phaseolus were recently moved into the genus Vigna. Or maybe I just recently read that. Note to self: Get to the bottom of that.
Speaking of Christopher and Frances, I took some pictures of Dierama pulcherrimum for you/us today at the Botanical Garden.
This is either a young or recently divided plant. The clump of foliage is rather compact, and for some reason I felt like I should show you that.
Foliar clumps on older plants is much bulkier, flatter, and generally less appealing. So know that.
Pink Dierama + dark Eucomis = nice.