Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How can I not believe this guy?

Friend and co-worker Chris Davis is my go-to gardening guy. He grew up in the country, and his parents ran a nursery. Plus, he brings in an arm full of bay leaf branches every fall. I dry them, fill up two mason jars, and cook with them all year.

Chris also is an accomplished cook who lives with his family in Uptown. Lately, he’s been distracted from cooking by his house painting chores, but do his daughters care? Of course not. So when they complained, “I‘m hungry,” Chris whipped up lunch, thanks to his urban garden.

“Charlotte found eggs and frozen meatballs in the freezer,” Chris said. “That was it.”

But no. That wasn’t it. Chris has been growing raspberries, blackberries, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and basil that’s as big as his hand. Plus, he’s experimenting with a new variety of spinach that vines up his fence. He found the spinach from a vendor at the downtown Farmer’s Market.

With the first handfuls of spinach and other early summer veggies, Chris served a lovely frittata with a raspberry and strawberry garnish on the side. Makes you want to move right in, doesn’t it?

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