First of all, for anyone who might be on New Year’s diets, here is the potpie I made last night:
What’s inside? Oh, you know, just some root veggies and chicken:
Ungghhh. Excuse me while I go eat some leftover potpie.
I’m pretty sure that the deliciousness of the pie is the reason the Hawkeyes surged to victory yesterday in the Orange Bowl. I know it seems like the football players themselves might have had something to do with it, but really it was my awesome cooking. Don’t ask me to explain. The science would just confuse you.
The potpie isn’t the only awesome thing I accomplished yesterday, though. I also introduced the Aerogarden into its new habitat (aka, the basement) and planted a new crop of seeds, a gift from the incomparable Gabe and Amy who clearly know me better than I know myself. They were not fooled by my boasting last fall that I would skip the pre-packaged seed kits and hack the garden for replanting. They knew the Aerogarden would lie dormant until someone else did the hard part for me. They bought me Salad Greens and set my heart to pitter-pattering. Salads all winter! No more prepackaged greens from afar! Freedom from the flavorless shredded carrots they are always trying to sneak into the spring mix without my noticing! And the timing was perfect–if I got the garden going asap, it might see me through until the farmers market folk were selling green things again. Bully!
Only when I “planted” the “seed pods” into the “growing dock” and plugged the thing in, the lights came on but the water did not cycle through the garden to feed my tiny little future salad greens. This, I discovered after a little online troubleshooting, meant I had to clean the pump. Which involved screwdrivers and pliers and tiny movable parts. A shudder of terror ran through me.
But it turns out the excellent folk at Aerogarden have an online video that shows just how to fix a broken pump, and not only that, but it is amazingly easy and well-designed. Fancy that! So, two hours and, amazingly, no electric shocks later, I had one working Aerogarden, seven seed pods, and a new nightlight for the basement. BEHOLD:
By this time next week: nicoise. Right?