Busy Saturday – the young man I’ve been mentoring at church, Zach Deal, was confirmed at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, today. I was very pleased to be part of the celebration on this step in Zach’s journey – he’s a really good guy. Bishop of California Marc Andrus presided over a service held in the Cathedral’s famous maze.
The hardest part about mentoring has been getting on Zach’s calendar. Zach swims and plays water polo when not attending classes and doing copious homework at Menlo-Atherton High School. Such is the life of kids today
But we did get time in our garden, late this afternoon, something I try to do every day, if only for 15 or 20 minutes. Sometimes I just sit, especially in the afternoon, and listen to the wind rustle the mature tree tops above my small side-yard enclave. Today I planted tarragon and oregano, and then thinned the radishes that Grace and I planted last month.
For dinner, I braised the leafy radish tops slowly as a side dish to grilled black cod, aka sablefish, and the radishes went into a chopped garden romaine lettuce salad dressed with a very french vinaigrette. Everything vegetable came out of the garden within an hour or so of serving and was, dare the chef say, wonderfully flavorful.There really is something to this eat local thing, but I’ve known that since I was a kid in Pennsylvania, where my relatives ate all summer from their vegetable gardens...