Saturday, June 19, 2010
Eating from the garden
I also fixed some stewed tomatoes for lunch today. And tonight I fixed my favorite dish Insalata Caprese with fresh tomatoes and fresh cut basil from the garden. Wow! It was fabulous. I also sliced up some red potatoes and fried them so I had some french fries as well. And for good measure, I fixed some baked beans.
I haven't been particularly hungry since C. has been gone. I've been eating a light brunch and then a regular dinner of veggies, some seafood, or soy burgers. It really has been too hot to eat much, especially when I'm working outdoors as much as I have been.
This afternoon I went to the nearby seafood dock to buy some shrimp. I couldn't think of anything better to give to C.'s dad for Father's Day. There were several boats that had just come in so I was able to buy 15 pounds of medium size shrimp. One of the workers told me that harvest wasn't particularly good. However prices were up because of the lack of shrimp coming from the Gulf.
It's a tough life being a commercial fisherman. Shrimpers are dealing with increased fuel costs, competing with imported shrimp, and sporadic catches due to a severe winter. It is pretty much a dying industry with fewer and fewer boats in the fishery. I used to go cast netting to get my own but that season won't start until fall. But there are some good spots around here where one can fill up a freezer from casting for shrimp.
Today I'm glad to have fresh vegetables and fresh shrimp. Tomorrow I'll go see C's dad. Maybe I'll even rest some tomorrow since the boat trailer is now painted and ready to haul the sailboat out of the water on Monday.