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A change of light [Sep. 3rd, 2014|08:18 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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The light has changed. The temperatures are not really any cooler yet than they have been on average this cool summer–the highs were in the 80s today–but the light has shifted, this last week or so, and my hindbrain says, yes, fall. Here we are. Fall. We are home.

One of the strange consequences of this is a complete hindbrain unwillingness to wear things without sleeves. This is fine–I have many shirts and dresses with short sleeves that are fine for this weather. I just haven’t noticed it in previous late summers or early falls. It’s…a bit quirky. I reach for a sleeveless dress and it is clearly the wrong thing. Oh, brains. What I really have the urge to wear is my real clothes, tights and sweaters and clogs, but I am willing to wear your summer person drag a bit longer so I don’t roast. Well, sort of. I’m wearing tights* right now, actually, and I wore clogs outside with them. But the sweaters would be a bit much. I do admit that. This part is not new, it’s only the sleeves that are new. The urge to start wearing sweaters early and often is one of those traits that may be either genetic or environmental–hard to tell, because it wears a big ol’ sign reading “MOM.”

*The tights are bright blue and black plaid. You should be impressed with me that I held off wearing them this long, and by this long I mean a full three weeks of August non-tights weather since I bought them. You should be impressed with me that I did not sit down on the floor of Target and put them on right then and there. These tights called my name, people. They said, “Helllooooo, femme person!” And I said, “Present.” And they said, “You will wear us every time we are clean until it is cold enough that you only want to wear SmartWool. SEARCH YOUR FEELINGS YOU KNOW IT TO BE TRUE.” And I said, “Why do you not have siblings in maroon-and-black and hunter-green-and-black and purple-and-grey also?” And they said, “You are an only child, too, so stop quibbling and give the person a surprisingly reasonable number of your American cash dollars.” So I did, and here we are.

Another strange consequence of the change of the light is that the farmer’s market has plenty of parking again. It’s like the minute it’s not Officially Summer, people think there are no more vegetables? Or something? Half the food trucks packed up and left, too, so it was actually mostly the vegetables. It was the people selling things you cook, instead of things they’ve already cooked. I bought the king of daikons. This daikon will not fit in our fridge straight-on. I have to tilt it diagonally to get it in our fridge. You should not try a home invasion here (in general because it is very rude and also illegal but particularly now) because we have this daikon and we haven’t cut it up yet. It’s still an entirely feasible bludgeoning weapon. It cost $1 and had a luxuriant crown of leaves I had to cut off so it wouldn’t take up even more of the fridge. This daikon, people. I got tomatoes and corn and peppers and two kinds of long beans and all manner of goodness, but this daikon: it is a prodigy. For $1.

Yes, I am frivolous today.

Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux


[User Picture]From: txanne
2014-09-04 01:44 am (UTC)
Ooh. How did the luxuriant crown of leaves compare to regular radish greens? (Wait. Am I the only person who tastes all the root vegetable leaves in case they're delicious?)

ETA: Not potatoes, I know about those.

Edited at 2014-09-04 01:45 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-09-04 03:04 am (UTC)
They were extremely prickly. Ouchily prickly. So I did not taste.
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[User Picture]From: zelda888
2014-09-04 06:58 am (UTC)
I have taken to doing up radish greens the same way I do kale or beet greens-- caramelize a suitable quantity of onions (more for kale, less for radish), then toss in the greens and cover to steam over low heat. This knocks down the prickly quite effectively.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-09-04 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, but then you have something full of onions, so you see my hesitation.
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[User Picture]From: zelda888
2014-09-04 04:36 pm (UTC)
You are not a fan of the caramelized onion?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-09-04 04:49 pm (UTC)
I am not a fan of onion, period. Sometimes I need to put onion in something like chili so that it tastes right, but then I make sure that it's a pearl onion and markgritter gets the actual onion.

However, I find that garlic is also good with greens, so.
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