my memories of Bushwick, and its not a place I find myself in much any more, are strong and conflicted. but Solanum ptycanthum (one of many Black Nightshades) always plays a memorable role - its where I first identified this plant, and where I have seen it grow huge and beautifully, even better than it does in the barren corner of my garden where it appears. certain common urban weeds are like that, a high tolerance for depleted soil and disturbed ground. some people and some weeds grow tougher and stronger when exposed to city conditions. not me, i need oak and hickory and beech to flourish. I will post more on this plant as it ripens over the next couple weeks, but for now this - only early greens and FULLY RIPE berries are reliably safe to eat. And as far as I can ascertain the proper spelling of the specific name is ptycanthum not ptychanthum, as wikipedia (and no other source) would have it.
I am still not sure who won the battle of Anna vs the whole fish tonight. I mean I got to eat it and it was delicious, because duh it was from queen @alisoneroman , so I guess I won, but hoo was it a battle. // Grilled branzino with lemons all of the ways & Grilled corn salad, both from #diningincookbook
Beautiful morning for a Farmers Market and discovering new places. 🥕This little village is tucked away just around the bend from the main routes I regularly travel, yet I had never been down that way. I love finding out where a new road leads you.
I tend to think of Maine as the woods and the lakes and the ocean, with hip Portland and the busy coast, but lately have been realizing just how truly rural the rest of the communities are. I am drawn to the bustling, cultural places, which feel so close to me living only 20 miles from Portland, but I am continually surprised at how distant it seems when you step into these tiny villages, where they have their own distinct way of life. For me, it's almost like stepping into a time bubble--so different from the New England I've grown up in, of cities and suburbs and vacation towns. The mix is just fascinating to me, each lovely and challenging in their own right. Which would you choose?