I always plant too much.
I plant too much because, sometimes, it’s not enough.
Any gardener knows that all a family of two needs is one courgette / zucchini plant.
But I like to have enough to make soup for the freezer for winter. So I plant four. Everyone knows that If I only planted two or three, two of them would die. If I plant four all four thrive.
Last year, to cut back, I only planted one row of spinach and one of radishes. We barely had a taste of either.
This year I planted two rows of each. Yes, you guessed it – we’re inundated with both.
This is our favorite ‘We have too many radishes’ salad.
White Bean, Radish Salad
Total time: 20 minutes
- 1 3/4 cups (15oz, 450gr) white beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup sliced radishes
- 1 tbs fresh, snipped chives
- 1 tbs fresh, snipped tarragon
- 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
- optional lettuce for serving
- 1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
- 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbs snipped fresh chives
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 3 tbs salad olive oil
- Put garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and mustard in a bowl. Whisk well.
- Slowly add oil whisking constantly. It should incorporate as you add it. If it does not, stop adding oil for a few moments and just whisk. Continue until all oil is added.
- Put beans, radishes, herbs and egg in a bowl.
- Add vinaigrette and toss gently.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce – or not.
If you look at a group of French women, at least a third of them will have some shade of red high-lighting their hair.
Another third have blond highlights.
I’ve been starting to feel a bit, well, boring….. Bland, even.
I have never colored my hair. I’ve never bleached my hair. I never even used the fake sun-enhancers of my youth. I’ve never had high-lights or low-lights – unless you count the gray. (I refer to the gray as my high-lights.)
At most I have allowed my hair to get naturally bleached by the sun every summer.
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something fun. Maybe it’s time to be a little daring… to be more French.
Not red though…. Red has never been my color. But blue could be nice. Or purple. Or lavender.
So, as I do when I have a new idea, I did some online searches.
Obviously, I want something temporary.
I found a likely product by a well-known hair-color line.
Then I read the bit about doing a 48 hour test to make certain one didn’t have an adverse allergic reaction.
Adverse allergic reaction?!?!?
I have a condition known as exercise-induced anaphylaxis. I am very familiar with severe allergic reactions. I might skip this one.
BTW – for any of you who color your hair or have it professionally colored: Is this always a risk? Seriously?
On to the next idea: hair chalk.
This had potential. Most products were safe for children, could be applied easily and did not require an allergy test.
I was getting quite excited by it all – until I read the part about sleeping on an old pillowcase as the color rubs off and may stain.
Wouldn’t that mean it would stain clothing as well? And towels? And, maybe, the shower? And the dogs?
Apparently, skipping blithely through the summer with lavender locks is not for me.
Maybe I could braid some pretty ribbons in my hair.
I tried to be daring.