In my life I always find that actions speak much louder than words and apparently this applies to my blog as well. I keep saying I'm back, but then months go by and there's no sign of life around here. Well, I think 2 posts in one week officially means I have returned. This is evident not only in my blog, but in my surroundings and activities as well. I did not realize until this week how deep a hiatus I had taken from myself and my life. I slowly started working in my garden again and there it was- ocd all over again. I think it's been lurking somewhere all along, I had just not engaged in the activities where my desire for perfection so prevalent. Not resting until whatever it is I'm doing is finished is I think more gratifying to me than it probably should be. But, this is the little thing that drives me and makes me who I am, and while I am half way kidding about the ocd thing, rising to a challenge and making something better than it was before gives me immense satisfaction. Cooking, gardening, writing about it... that's what was missing- I'm all good now.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Posted by Katia Mangham at 10:36 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I have come out of my gardening strike in the last week and I'm well on my way to getting my garden back in order. I find it hard to believe I have neglected it for the past year like I have... weeding has consumed the last few days. I have planted tomatoes, peppers and re-vamped the herbs, but my most pleasant discovery was finding figs on my tree. I have a beautiful little fig tree in the backyard, which apparently did not mind the neglect. The tree has done just fine without me- bursting with figs. The challenge now is to harvest before the birds do, since they seem to like them as much or more than I do! The figs I used for the pizza are black mission, but any type or combination of fresh figs will work well. Figs are highly perishable and are best eaten soon after picking. Using them in a grilled pizza works well because they don't get much overhead heat and remain plump and juicy.