a simple day: barbecue corn for lunch, then in the afternoon i reinstalled the motorcycle battery which had been trickle charging indoors; went to take a look at my community garden plot; before heading to market basket for some groceries. i got a greek salad as a snack, whipped up my own greek dressing. i didn't leave the house the rest of the day, fell asleep on the couch around 6:20pm, woke up at 8pm. for dinner i finished the rest of the scallion bread and ate two leftover barbecue drumsticks.

greek salad dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp oregano

the last time i had a greek salad was back in june, where i made it with orzo, so it became a pasta greek salad fusion. instead of using the food processor, i just mixed the dressing ingredients by hand by shaking in a tight-lid container. you can't get that same level of emulsion compared to a blender, so the dressing came out in chunks, didn't really mix well. the salad was still good though, but next time i'll use the processor. (i also forgot to add the lemon juice, but i don't think it matters since the vinegar already brought the sourness).

i also got some nathan's half sour pickles because i had a craving. this must've been a bad batch because the pickles were all soft with zero fermentation. if i had to guess, the lid wasn't sealed tightly enough (though the jar didn't leak when i was transporting it home). a truly classic half sour has a carbonated crispness that's very refreshing. too bad we've never been able to grow enough pickles to make our own half sours. maybe if i find some cheap baby pickles at haymarket on friday i might try making some myself.

the last of my community garden bitter melon is ready to harvest. it hasn't split open yet, but it's turned yellow and there's a tear at the end which shows red seeds on the inside. i'll go pick it up tomorrow. the biggest growth are my hyacinth beans. if i don't take care of it, it could easily overrun my garden, as well as nearby gardens as well. i have plenty of flowers, i wonder if anyone else is appreciating my bean show?

today was a hot and humid day, with heat index the temperature felt like it was in the 90's. it wasn't that much cooler inside the house but at least it was dry.

i've been trying to watch come and see (1985), a soviet-era anti-war movie that i read is one of the most disturbing films ever made and many who've watched it are scarred by it forever. i steeled myself for the worst, every scene a potential graphic death, a rape, or animal mutilation. i'm already 1 hour and 24 minutes into the movie, and honestly, it hasn't been that bad, even though the sense of impending doom is pervasive.