Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wonders from the garden

This is one of my "eat-something-you've-never-tried-before" experiments from the farmers' garden. It's a French vegetable called ficoide glaciale, or ice lettuce. It's eaten raw, such as on salad, and it tastes slightly salty. It looks like a succulent--the photo doesn't really do it justice.

ficoide glaciale
I also bought a bouquet of beautiful dahlias--purple with yellow stamens. When I was trimming them and putting them into a vase, I found two wonderful surprises. The first was a cricket...which I put into a jar with some greenery and plastic (with air holes) for the boys. Nicholas christened him "Paco." Then I found this glorious specimen, a gold ladybug!

Goldy!


I was quite taken with this little bug!



Kieran is obsessed with Halloween preparations--he spent much
of the afternoon "decorating" the front of the house for Halloween
Halloween decorations
Kieran plans to be a vampire again this year--and purchased his own costume last week. Nicholas will be a pirate, and he's caught the Halloween bug as well. Every day they ask us how many days to Halloween!

2 comments:

  1. Have you prepared your ficoide glaciale yet? I have never heard of it or eaten it, but it is quite a nice looking plant.

    We have yet to break out any Halloween decorations...becuase we don't have any! Halloween is my least favorite holiday but I'm trying to change that for Beau.

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  2. No--not yet! I should try it tonight!

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