You know by now that I love produce straight off the tree. Or vine. Or bush. Most recently, I scored some great lemons and oranges from my friend Robyn’s backyard and some limes from my friend Emily’s. Although they’ve told me about it, I had completely forgotten that this year, my sister Sarah and her husband Justin put in a little garden along the side of their house, and Justin and I raided it to help put together last night’s dinner.
Here’s the garden:
They’re growing tomatoes, and these two guys were ready to go:
Justin harvested four cucumbers from his cucumber plants (he says they can barely keep up with the cucumbers they’re growing):
There’s also green peppers that are coming along nicely:
And some strawberry plants that haven’t yielded much this year, but I did find this little green guy:
So what did we do with the tomatoes and cucumbers?
We made a salad, of course!
Both tomatoes and 2 of the cucumbers got chopped up. My 5-year-old nephew Sam helped – I did the chopping, he put them in the bowl. We added a few more store-bought veggies: baby arugula, mushrooms, and 1/2 an orange bell pepper. For dressing, we added a little olive oil, some vinegar, and salt and pepper. This may be one of the freshest salads I’ve ever eaten:
The rest of my dinner was two sliders (each burger was 2 ounces), with tomato (also from the garden), lettuce, pickles, and mustard. I split 1 bun between the two of them, and ate them open-faced. I also nabbed about 4 french fries off my nephew’s plate.
My back is doing much better. If you saw yesterday’s post about pools and high-dives and moving and skyscrapers, then you read about how I threw out my back. Ouch. I consulted the fitness professionals in my life today: Richard Simmons, among other things, suggested a massage (which is a great idea), and Craig laid out a plan for when I should get back to the gym, and what I should do. Over the course of the day, during which I occasionally did stretches, my back improved. It’s not 100% better, but it’s improved.
Tomorrow I hop on a plane and fly to Michigan. Hopefully, this travel day won’t be as long and arduous as my last flight!
Keep it up, David!