No tomato of any kind showed up this time.
- what did: eggs from pastured Americauna chickens and thick bacon from pastured pigs, both products of Millport Dairy Farm; Organic Valley ‘Cultured Pasture Butter’ from Whole Foods Market; finely-chopped pieces of a fresh yellow Granada pepper from Alewife Farm (not hot) and a fresh red aji rico pepper from Eckerton Hill Farm, (medium spicy/hot); 3 small scallions from Keith’s Farm; Maldon salt; freshly-ground black pepper; chopped lovage from Keith’s Farm; and slices, some toasted and some not. toasts from a She Wolf Bakery a sourdough bâtard and a sturdy ‘Bolzano Miche’ (white wheat flour, spelt flour, rye flour, rye sourdough, yeast, coriander, cumin, and fennel) from Brooklyn’s Runner & Stone Bakery
- the music was chosen at least partly in response to the horrific events in Pittsburgh the day before: Handel’s ‘Belshazzar’, an oratorial in 3 acts which premiered in 1745, in a performance by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants (“The libretto’s subject, which focuses on the decline of a once glorious society and the ephemeral nature of Empire, is especially relevant today.” – from the notes on the Amazon listing)
[image of Rembrandt’s ‘Het feestmaal van Belsazar‘ (ca. 1635-1639) from Art and the Bible]