Few projects in my life have been as entirely entertaining and rewarding. Thanks to those of you who read Toast, and those who take time to comment; you make me grateful and happy, and frankly, surprised. I truly never imagined that anyone would notice.
I'm particularly grateful to my delightful daughter, redfox of the hungry tiger, who showed me how. It was her excellent food blog that first filled me with envy (and still does). She and S., were very patient with me, explaining basic html, and many other things, while I learned just enough to carry on.
To celebrate, I have opened a bottle of dessert wine I've been hoarding, and I bought "a gift for my blog." (I approve of the practice which has developed in some quarters, where presents are purchased by the blogger, for the blog. I do not care one whit if it is excessively cute. )
First, the gift: I bought several baby rose geranium plants, which, as you can see, I am in the process of adding to my little porch-and-steps garden, among the herb plants. This purchase was inspired by Shuna's praise of these lovelies for their subtle, sweet enchancing flavors and my increasing curiosity about cooking with flowers. I am growing some other unusual (entirely legal) items in this tiny "garden", about which, more later.
And for you, my friends, a selection of 12 Toast Posts from Year I, one from each month:
May 28, 2005: Tea and Toast Part III: Toast
June 4, 2005: Potage St. Germaine with Pea Greens and Chives
July 7, 2005: The Hunt for Chinese Chews 1957
August 13, 2005: The Other Egg Salad
September 28, 2005:Green tomato finale
October 30, 2005:The Other Muffins
Novenber 25,2005: Cookie Swap:Perfectly Plain
December 19, 2005: Meyer Lemon Tea Cake.
January 24, 2006: Baby Bokchoy Braise
February 16, 2006: Praising Muhjaddarah
March 25, 2006: On Eating flowers: Walnut Cake With Roses
Aprril 10, 2006: Preserved Pears, Rabbit, and the Best Sauce