Grandisonant – giving the impression of grandeur; stately-sounding.
I hold canned asparagus responsible for many people’s dislike of the vegetable.
Canned it’s slimy and definitely not the best way to experience a new taste.
But fresh – cooked until it’s just el dente – both taste and texture are sublime.
We’ve been eating it steamed and grilled.
We’ve added it to pizzas, roulades and salads.
We enjoyed it undressed and dressed – with sauce or cheese (Whitestone Windsor Blue is a particularly good match, although I haven’t got round to making asparagus rolls with it this season).
And now, before our enjoyment in it begins to pall and we start taking it for granted, the season is almost over.
Like a lot of produce, it will be available out of season thanks to producers who manage to extend the growing period, and imports, should you have the desire to buy it but I rarely do.
A lot of the pleasure in seasonal food is it’s seasonality. It comes, we enjoy it, it goes and is replaced by something else in season.
Today I’m grateful for fresh food in season.
When you start to crack open, don’t waste a moment gathering your old self up into something like you knew before. Let your new self splash like sunlight into every dark place & laugh & cry & make sounds you never made & thank all that is holy for the gift, because now you have no choice but to let all your love spill out into the world.
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Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone. You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean. – Mitch Albom
(Found at Daily Good.)
106 BC Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher, was born (d. 43 BC).
1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine.
1521 – Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.
1793 Lucretia Mott, American women’s rights activist, was born (d. 1880).
1823 Stephen F. Austin received a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
1831 Savitribai Phule, social activist, first female teacher in India, and first female poet in Marathi language, was born (d. 1897).
1840 Surveyors arrived in Port Nicholson to lay out plans for the proposed New Zealand Company settlement of Britannia at Pito-one (Petone). When this original site proved unsuitable, the decision was made to relocate across the harbour in a settlement they called Wellington.
1848 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts was sworn in as the first president of the independent African Republic of Liberia.
1870 Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began.
1883 Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1967).
1887 Helen Parkhurst, American educator, was born (d. 1973).
1892 J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer, was born (d. 1973).
1899 – The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.
1909 Victor Borge, Danish entertainer, was born (d. 2000).
1916 Maxene Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters), was born (d. 1995).
1922 Bill Travers, British actor and director, was born (d. 1994).
1923 Charles Tingwell, Australian actor, was born (d. 2009).
1930 – The first New Zealand-made talkie , Coubray-tone News, the work of the inventive Ted Coubray, had its first public screening at Auckland’s Plaza Theatre.
1933 Minnie D. Craig became the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
1942 John Thaw, British actor, was born (d. 2002).
1945 Stephen Stills, American musician (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) was born.
1946 John Paul Jones, British musician (Led Zeppelin), was born.
1950 Victoria Principal, American actress, was born.
1956 A fire damaged the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
1956 Mel Gibson, Australian actor and director, was born.
1957 The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
1958 The West Indies Federation was formed.
1961 The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1977 Apple Computer was incorporated.
1988 Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th Century.
1990 Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrendered to American forces.
1999 The Mars Polar Lander was launched.
2004 – Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunged into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
2007 – National Express had its worst coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.