Friday, December 09, 2005

Unexpectedly Sunny

Cranky and I had business in San Francisco on Wednesday, and it was so cold over there, my shoulders instinctively hunched up to chin level. It took a long time for my head and hands to thaw out and I was literally stuttering during our meeting. Then at lunch afterward, I suddenly realized that not only was I not hungry, I felt unwell.
By that time my small bowl of soup had already arrived. Its soothing steam, the microscopic pearls of fat floating on its surface, the comforting tangle of egg threads inside, and the distinctive but delicate smell of pork broth made everything all right. I decided to pass on an entree, but Cranky let me spoon a little rice and chicken from his plate into my empty soup bowl. It was delicious. I'm sorry I missed a real meal at this elegant, understated gem of a place. At least I think it's a gem. I'm going back to find out.
(Pssst: Sam. It starts with an "X" in case you're still dining alphabetically. Xiao Loong, on West Portal.)
However! Today it's not so cold. We even managed to sit out on the patio in the sunshine long enough to get Bean Sprout interested in some homegrown oregano. Those missing bits of leaf are somewhere inside his mouth.
Two months ago I accidentally let the oregano plant dry up in the sun. I thought, "All's not lost; I'll just pull off the leaves and save them."
Well, I've got two observations: 1) That's not the right way to dry herbs. They didn't have any flavor, so I chucked 'em. 2) The plant regenerated! Yay.
This not-so-informative claptrap is brought to you in celebration of Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging.

12 comments:

Monkey Gland said...

Mmmm, that dog will taste good with some pasta and a little tomato sauce now...pre herbing the dog. Good trick.

cookiecrumb said...

OK, but you gotta skin him.

plentyo'moxie said...

Oregano is crazy like that. I accidentally let mine die once every three months. Water, sun - magic! It comes back to life.

cookiecrumb said...

Thank goo'ness for that! We can be so evil to our garden, and it comes crawling back. (Didn't hurt that we've had a bit of rain lately.)

Sam said...

thanks for the X tip
I am just coming up to S so getting closer

great picture again

cookiecrumb said...

Sam: Thanks to you.
(Also, Cranky says I should tell you that Wing Lee Bakery on Clement does have interior dining; it's not strictly to go. That was the place where I got the turnip cakes I photographed to "some acclaim." and I've always suspected you were interested because the place begins with "W.")

LisaSD said...

That dog just can't take a bad picture!!!

b'gina said...

You've got Weekend Herb Blogging and Weekend Dog Blogging all in one pic. Aces.

I think I need to move back to the City. Everything is so different from when I lived there. Never should have moved to the East Coast.

Jamie said...

What a photo! Beansprout + fresh herbs = perfection.

sam's mum said...

you can just feel that little wet healthy nose

cookiecrumb said...

I wonder if I should just skip the herbs from now on and run pix of Bean Sprout. A bean sprout's almost an herb, right?

Paz said...

As usual adorable photo!