Waiter, There’s a Flower in my Salad

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A plant that I’ve never grown before, that I tried out this summer, is Nasturtium.

Throughout the season it looked healthy and interesting with its unique round variegated leaves, but it took its sweet time with any flowers. There was a single bloom in July and then nothing. That is until September … now it has quite a few.

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There were enough flowers in fact, to serve some up in a salad. Yes, in case like me you didn’t know, Nasturtiums are edible.

Neither Nick nor I had ever tasted them, so I made us a salad using some of the leaves and flowers, mixed with lettuces, celery and cucumber. Then I made him wait while I took about a hundred pictures. Ok, I exaggerate, but it looked too pretty to just dig in.

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Finally, some homemade dressing was ladled on and a plate was handed over.

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Nasturtiums are quite delicious. They’re nippy like a mild cross between arugula and radishes, and not at all perfume-y.

Thank you for dropping over. Wishing you a happy Friday and excellent weekend to follow.
xo loulou

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Nick at the Queen West Art Crawl

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Being unable to walk right now *, something happening in the city this past weekend really had me wishing I could get out there – it was the annual Queen West Art Crawl, held in one of my favourite places, Trinity Bellwoods Park.

On Sunday while having breakfast, after I noted that the weather was perfect for the art show, and after hearing me lament that the rainy Saturday before would not have been good for the artists in the park, Nick looked at me and asked, ‘Are you trying to tell me something? Do you want me to go to the art show and take some pictures for you?’. My response, ‘Yes I would, that would be great if you did!’.

So off he went, looking cool in his denim vest, an old jean jacket gotten in Glasgow with the sleeves cut off, and the hat we got at Goorin’s while out on this date.

[* I had a foot operation a few weeks ago so can't walk much, but it's getting better.]

Here are the pictures of the Art Crawl that Nick took …

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These next shots all have something to do with the last section of this post.

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^ Kat Gomboc ^

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^ Lillian McKinnon ^

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^ Roberto Centazzo of Stone Folio ^

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^ Jamie’s Cracked Corn stand ^

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^ The Art Vendu vending machine ^

He brought home a grab-bag … that’s what he called it, as he handed me a tantalizingly stuffed tote-bag, ‘Here’s your grab-bag’. Seeing what was inside was fun, akin to a stocking at Christmas.

These are pictures I took of what was in the bag …

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Prints on cotton by Kat Gomboc

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“The Nope” Shadow Box by Lillian McKinnon

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A brochure and card from Roberto Centazzo of Stone Folio, whose art he loved but couldn’t buy at this time …

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Delicious Sweet and Salty Kettle Popcorn by Jamie’s Cracked Corn. So good! …

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A piece by Rebecca Houston from the Art Vendu vending machine …

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One of the patches is for him and on Monday morning I came downstairs to find this patch like this all ready to be sewn onto Nick’s vest. I’m going to hand-sew it on today.

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As for my Yarncore patch, I might make a bag using some thick black cotton I have and sew it on the front, or I might put it in a frame. I will be sure to show you what I end up doing!

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Thank you for checking out our post,
xo loulou

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