HOT SHOTS – APR. 3RD, 2016
IT’S SPRING!!!! There are no two ways about it, winter is over. This week I worked on a nice, even sunburn, and spent every spare moment on my pink bicycle riding under the cherry blossoms that make this city the most perfect city. If you think about it, riding a bicycle is really the closest to flight you can really get. You are speeding through the atmosphere, feet lifted and you are arching forward into the perfect sweet spring air, and even if you only lift a couple of inches, it’s flight. I know how to fly.
This week the four year old who lives upstairs greeted me while I was reading in the sun. She said, “Hi Ursula. Why are you naked?” And I said, “Hi Sequin, Why are you naked?” She said, “I’M NOT NAKED!!!!” And I said, “oh that’s funny, me neither.” Four year olds are weird. Four year olds are awesome.
And these are awesome!!! BC HH red bell peppers!!!! It’s real. These are real. It’s on…..
We’ve got orange ones too. And yellow ones. And LE cucumbers. And TOVs. Three cheers for Origin-O. It’s so nice to see this beautiful stuff again, the first salutations of yet another new perfect season.
Pretty sunburst squash!
Gorgeous heirloom tomatoes from Covilli. And I’m sure you know this but just in case you don’t, these are the superior tomato. They taste amazeballs.
Delicata squash! We’ve got it! And this too, is the superior squash. When you cook it, it tastes like you’ve cooked it in sugar and butter. Even when you haven’t. Wow. That’s my kind of squash.
This is what you get when heavy rains make orchards too scary to harvest in! The citrus gets left alone and it keeps drinking all the rain water and then when things dry up, this is what’s on them trees. Giant lemons. Each one of these 63 ct lemons takes up pretty much my whole palm.
Red Kuri squash! These are small and awesome.
Abate Fetel pears! Yesterday Nick from Community Natural Foods asked how you say abate fetel, and I said, “First stick your nose up straight in the air, and then say ah-bah-tay feh-tell.” He did it perfectly.
These are my favourite. They are long and elegant and sweet and smooth and just such a treat. I love them. I love them. I love them. I tried to get Mayfield excited about them too. I was like, “smile! Come on, smile! You can do it! Come on! Just smile! Like this! You can do it!” And Mayfield looked at me like I was a small bug. I said, “Come on Mayfield, you’re making me feel like a fool!” And he said, “I think that when you feel like that, Ursula, it’s probably not anybody else’s fault.” I thought he had a rather good point, and then I caught him laughing at me. And then I got this photo. Not quite a smile. But close.
Leeks from the King!! Ralph’s Greenhouse leeks. They are the best. That is all.
And proof that the damn winter is over. Rhubarb from Living Rain Farm in Washington. Isn’t that a beautiful name for a farm? I could taste this rhubarb when I opened this box, I really could. This is one of my favourite things. One of them thangs that makes me clench my buttcheeks. And you know what too, I love the word rhubarb. Think about it. It’s the perfect word.
Red sunchokes! They’re sunchokes and they’re red!
Stay warm, stay well; in terms of winter, it’s over; in terms of spring, it’s ON.