Wednesday, January 26, 2011
He brought purple beans (that turned dark green when I cooked them), silver beet, cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs that he'd tied carefully into separate bundles: parsley, thyme, summer savory, sweet basil, chives, and lemon verbena - 'for tisane' (He's French).
What better gifts can there be than someone's home produce, carefully tended over many weeks. The basil, tomatoes and thyme went into tonight's ratatouille; the chives into a salad; the summer savory with the beans. Ah, summer flavours, food eaten outside, and the taste of a friendship that began in Paris and continues 40 years later. Life is good.