Hi folksie wolksies,
To start,I have two upcoming readings. The first is a panel discussion with author Sandra Novack, who wrote the novel PRECIOUS that is supposed to be just great. (And which I am going to read, stat. Perhaps I will go to A Cappella books, just around the corner, and buy it.)
Panel will be at the GA Center for the book, Monday, April 27 at 7:15 pm at the Decatur public library. Address is:
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
And it’s fweee!
The second event is a “wine and sign” at Outwrite bookstore in Midtown, Atlanta. Signing is Wed., May 6 at 7:30 pm. And because I’m big on incentives to make people leave their cozy homes on weeknights, we will be serving (fwee) wine at the event.
I mention Outwrite by name in Bound South, as it is located quite near where Louise and John Henry live in Ansley Park, and since it’s a gay bookstore, Louise thinks it might be a nice place for Charles to hang out. Outwrite is great because it’s not just a bookstore, it’s a coffee house, meeting place, community center. Brightly lit and decorated, fun, always good music playing. And also–though it caters to a gay clientale it is by no means exclusively for gay folks. Everyone is welcome!!
Gardening: Our garden looks incredible right now, because Atlanta got so much rain over the past few months. Amazing how having a garden changes your perspective about weather. Rain is (almost) always beneficial–not a bummer, and summer heat is no longer oppressive but instead a miracle for your tomatoes. (Quick, Dan Quale quiz: Is tomato spelled with an “e” at the end or not?)
One thing we have an abundance of right now is mustard greens. So we’ve been eating a lot of them. Usually braised in chicken stock with red pepper flakes and hot sauce. The greens taste great, smell bad.
Another thing I’ve been eating in abundance is EGGS. I found a place (the Mercantile in Candler Park) that consistently stocks pastured eggs from local hens. The eggs are fresh as can be with bright orange yolks that turn pudding-y when poached. I’ve been making quiches at night, poached eggs for breakfast.
This is how I do the breakfast eggs: Fry an egg in a little olive oil, but instead of flipping it, add a little hot water to the pan and cover. This steams the egg. Meanwhile, toast an English muffin. Butter it, add some spinach leaves, and a couple of slices of sharp, sharp cheddar cheese. Slide the fried egg on top of the cheese, add salt and pepper, and if you want to be decadent (which I always do) add a little bit of butter on top of the hot egg. Fricking deliciious.
And finally: this weekend I went and saw the amazing movie AMERICAN VIOLET. Go see this movie now. It will change the way you think about the war on drugs. Really eye-opening.
Here are some pics of egg based foods I’ve been making:
Fried / Steamed egg atop cheese, arugula and a hot buttered English muffin. Note: the yolk will ooze yellow delicousness over the whole thing once you cut into it.
These are mini tarts I made using leftover pastry dough from a tart I’d made the night before. To make these I sauted shallots, butter, thyme and sage over a low flame for about 20 minutes, then poured the shallots into the partially cooked tart shells. Added an egg/milk/nutmeg/salt pepper mixture on top for the custard then topped with shredded gruyere. Baked until the tops puffed. Really yummy.
Here they are on the plate, with a little salad. The carrots in the salad (the weird purple/orange strips) are from our garden and are called purple haze. They do not get you high.