Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Lettuce Seeds Finally Germinate and Other Things

Of course, right after I planted my strawberry plants, the lettuces decided to germinate.  I took a few pictures but they were sort of impossible to capture decently because they are so small.  My lil ole point and shoot can only do so much after all.  But basically there were several new sprouts all over the place this morning and it is likely there will be more tomorrow.  I'm secretly extremely pleased they came up after all.

Tonight I sowed the parsley seeds that had been soaking in water overnight.  Parsley is supposed to be rather hard to germinate and some people even recommend pouring boiling water over them.  I am hesitant to do this and since I've had good results in the past just by soaking with water, I opted to do that.  I ran out of strawberry containers though, so I simply set my egg cups in a very shallow bowl and lightly covered with a piece of plastic wrap.

I'm trying to be very consistent about blogging, but sometimes I don't have any cohesive post in mind.  Since it's my blog and mostly for me to enjoy, I'll just have these hodge-podgey posts whenever I want.  This blog is overall pretty hodge-podgey anyway since it's just a collection of things I enjoy.  Therefore, I will switch gears from gardening and talk about dinner now.  

I met up with a couple of friends for dinner and they took me to Bete-Lukas Ethiopian Restaurant in Southeast Portland.  I've only had Ethiopian food a few times in my life, but I've always enjoyed it.  I'm not usually a big fan of eating with my hands, but it's really the only way to eat this, and the spongy slightly tart bread  is perfect for wrapping around bites of this and that.  I don't remember the names of the dishes we got to share, but I chose a lamb dish and a yellow split pea dish.  Everything was just delicious and the company was too.  I don't eat out often because I enjoy cooking and eating my own food; so whenever I do go out, it feels like a celebration.  I like that feeling and it is especially heightened when eating with sympathetic folk.  So thanks to B and S for a very enjoyable evening.


  1. mmmmmmm. i think the split pea one may be shiro. i'm just sayin'

  2. yay sprouts! that dinner looks delicious. i've only had ethiopian food once but always wanted to go back again