[am I the only one who think the word ‘chard’ sounds vaugely dirty?]

[am I the only one who think the word ‘chard’ sounds vaugely dirty?]

I’ve mentioned on here before that after art (and cats, and sci fi, and lost causes, and soapboxes) gardening- specifically gardening things I can eat- is high on my list of passions. In my dreams, I’ve started a gardening blog a lá YouGrowGirl where I write self deprecatingly about the trials and triumphs of urban gardening- which eventually leads to a book deal, a string of community gardens across the Midwest and the eventual vacating of my day job to spend my days painting, growing and writing.

Since this dream is about as likely right now as my other dream of building a time machine and joining a Japanese all girl leather-clad 90’s punk ensemble,I indulge in small doses. Like documenting this complimentary-colored chard that, despite an epic battle with flea beetles, survived long enough to become dinner last night.

Cat Lynch 2012

om nom.

CLynch 2012

George loves him some greens

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seriously a pretty plant. planning on growing a ton more just for the visual.

The chard ended up being part of a chard-apple-onion frittata from Lynn Rosetto-Casper’s book How to Eat Supper.

(No pictures of the finished product because, as with most of my cooking, the finished product was not nearly as pretty as the ingredients.)

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Pinhole Photography Picnic Pworkshop – Psuccess!

Pinhole Photography Picnic Pworkshop – Psuccess!

 

CLynch 2012

Yesterday afternoon I was joined by five awesome guinea pigs, er, participants in the beautiful Park of Roses. The weather was beautiful (if a bit drippy*), the snacks were abundant (and delicious**) cameras were made, fun was had and I learned a lot about workshopping. (Like, for example, ‘it is a good idea to have multiples of each tool required’ and ‘build your own as you go so you don’t have to hijack your workshoppers’ cameras to demonstrate on’)

A big thank you to everyone who came, and to everyone who couldn’t come but sent good thoughts for the day.

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

C Lynch 2012

What hijinks did you get up to this weekend?

 

*sunny, hot and about 110% humidity
**My own contributions, in case you too wish to host your your own picnic workshop: rosemary citrus spritzer, crushed peas with sesame dressing, strawberry brown butter bettys.