Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gentle Tonics

I cut and trimmed and pulled and hauled. I took the bananas down, cutting their great stalks with a kitchen knife and as it sliced through the pulpy stems, water poured forth.
I do not think I have lost so much in the way of my potted plants. Even my giant begonias still have a good leaf or two. I would be so heartbroken to have lost those, started with such patience from one leaf so long ago.
My precious mango is fine.

I simmered what was left of a small chicken with five cloves of garlic and salt and when the meat fell of the bones, I added soy sauce and the leftover Pho which Jessie and I brought home last week from the place where the lady calls everyone honey and sweetheart.
You like my Pho, she says. It very good.
It's not on the menu. You have to ask.
I just ate a huge bowl of the resulting soup and it may have been the best thing I ever ate. The cilantro and bean sprouts still a bit crisp and the cloves of garlic soft and mellow in my mouth and the tiny bits of jalapeno I had torn with my fingers when we were in the restaurant were hot and good and I tipped the bowl to drink the broth.


More than plenty.




  1. Yummmm, you make me hungry.

    Actually -- you make me hungry for life :)

  2. Please Oh Please tell me who's Pho you're eating!

  3. Shopping for soup in a few minutes. It's cold heree and very gray. Cabbage, caraway, celery, tomatoes, onions, garlic, etc.

  4. Yum. The soup sounds perfect. One time Henry and I listened to a radio show about pho and laughed hysterically every time the guy said the word.

  5. We live near many Asian businesses and one restaurant is called What the Pho? and when we drive by (especially years ago) the boys get hysterical laughing.
    I meant to get my basil picked and it is all brown now.

  6. That soup sounds good. It did not get so cold here.

  7. Mrs. A- The very best. Yes.

    liv- Oh. Oh. Thank-you.

    Food And Brew Love- I have only ever eaten Pho at Circa Sushi on Tennessee St. up by Capital Circle. I have no idea if it's any good as compared to other Pho but it sure tastes good to me.

    Denise- Cabbage is my favorite soup ingredient. Mmmmm. Enjoy. The making and the eating.

    Elizabeth- I can't pronounce it properly but I sure can eat it.

    Michele R- Damn cold weather. Really? Freezing our basil? WTF?

    Syd- Isn't that weird? You are NORTH of me.

  8. Your soup sounds wonderful but I have to admit I've never eaten Pho...that I know of.

    Happy you didn't lose as many plants as you thought.


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