American Violet, the incredible egg, gardening, upcoming readings

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.
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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

2 Responses to American Violet, the incredible egg, gardening, upcoming readings

  1. boothyisawesome April 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    I wanna go to Outwrite!! If I’m ever in Atlanta, we are meeting up and you are taking me there, lol. Good luck with the signings!

  2. installer April 22, 2009 at 3:16 am #

    Thanks, James. And it’s a date!