Category Archives: Sustenance


CucumbersWhen a small packet of heirloom cucumber seeds turns into this, you need more cucumber ideas. I have quite a few Asian and Greek inspired recipes so I needed something to go with other foods. This paired well with pasta.Cucumber

This is best made a few hours before serving. Start with this basic recipe and then see how it tastes. I usually end up adding a little more vinegar or sugar. You can also add chopped fresh dill or red pepper flakes for a different take. Or more garlic.

  • 4 cucumbers, skins removed and seeds scooped out, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons good tasting olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or put through a garlic press
  • salt to taste

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Butterfly 2I have a lot of plants to attract butterflies, but buddleia bushes are by far their favorite. They even jostle one another for prime buds. I wonder why. Is buddleia the chocolate of the butterfly world? I tried tasting one of the flowers but I guess my palate isn’t sensitive enough.

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