the garden looked like a tiny jungle, so i did a bunch of weeding and pulled out the overgrown spring veggies (as well as a few of the tiny heirloom purple carrots and tiny chioggia beets that never seemed to start growing). did you know that french breakfast radishes can get as big around as your fist, and about five inches long?! scary.
some of the basil went to flower (drat!), as did some of the arugula. i’ve read that arugula blossoms are delicious, but having never grown it until this year, i couldn’t say so from experience. i’ll spare you the suspense… what i read wasn’t a lie. they’re much milder than the leaves themselves, however, i seem to be growing some particularly strong ‘wild’ arugula, so that comparison could be skewed. very scientific, i know. L was a fan, later exclaiming, “those arugula flowers… i find myself disappointed that i’ve never found them in a bag of arugula before.”
anyway, i’ve been sick since i got back, so this was the first meal i made this week. simple, but i enjoyed it.
oh, and one more arugula thing. i decided to hit up the wikipedia article just for kicks, and found this intriguing bit:
On the island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples, a digestive alcohol called rucolino is made from the plant, a drink often enjoyed in small quantities following a meal. The liquor is a local specialty enjoyed in the same way as a limoncello or grappa and has a sweet peppery taste that washes down easily.
has anyone tried that? any idea where one can acquire it stateside?