Friday, September 18, 2009

Pork Roast & Exiled Plants

Look at them. Lined up at the end of the driveway. Dangerously close to plummeting down the woodsy hill into the 'weed dumping ground.' These plants are (were) the sunroom plants. But now, they are exiled. Soon to be taken away to the dumpster. What happened? What did these innocent plants do? They got worms, that's what. Our cleaning lady discovered bunches of dead worms in the sunroom under the radiator and in the corners of the room.

So we've spent the last 2 weeks on 'Worm Patrol.' We even re-potted one plant (based on internet advice, we soaked the palm tree's roots in a huge bucket of water to disperse worms and then re-potted it with fresh potting soil - of course we saw no worms in the roots during the soaking...). But, no, the darn dead, brown, curled-up-in-a-ring worms kept appearing in the sunroom. And now, fearing they will soon breach the threshold into the dining room and then into the kitchen and then the rest of the house, we are left with no choice but to exile the plants to the outdoors until we can un-pot them and send them out on trash day next week. Sigh.

The sunroom isn't the same without the plants. It's not as cozy. So now begins the 'Quest for Fake Plants.' No more real ones. Tried that. Failed. Time to cheat with silk plants.

On a happier note, we had a tasty dinner last night: a small pork roast, roasted potatoes, broccoli, and green beans. SP got the pork marinating Wednesday night. He threw together a marinade of these ingredients:Rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, galanga root, grains of paradise.Before he left for work Thursday morning, he removed the pork from the marinade and put it in a glass baking dish and inserted the meat thermometer. Around 6 last night, I put the pork in the oven at 350. It took about one hour and fifteen minutes for the meat thermometer to register 160. Here's the cooked pork:I sprinkled the CSA potatoes with a bit of olive oil, pepper, and thyme and roasted them. I washed the CSA broccoli and CSA green beans and put them in casseroles. When SP got home, we microwaved the veggies and enjoyed our tasty dinner. No butter on the veggies - the CSA veggies are so tasty they don't need any butter or other seasoning, plus it's healthier without melted butter running all over!Last night was 'new TV night' so while SP headed down to the basement to watch 'Fringe' (which I gave up on), I settled into my recliner and watched 'Bones' and 'Survivor Samoa' while enjoying some orange spice tea and the last of the chocolate chip cookies. A tasty & relaxing evening.

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