My chives are blooming beautifully, their lavender blossoms smiling so prettily in the sun.
Their showy display outshines my Beloved’s little pepper plants in his garden and the leafy tomato plants that are bushy with greenery but lacking in red fruit. The chives demanded my attention today while I was mowing the lawn (I also noticed my mulberry bush is going to deliver berries this year, too — how grand!).
Unlike other blossoms in my yard, the chive flowers are edible (as good as they smell, lilacs would make an awful dish, don’t you think?).
So I harvested a bunch of chives and threw them in this Asian dish: Stir-Fried Snap Peas and Mushrooms with Fish Sauce and Basil. Instead of shallot, I used chopped chives and with the fresh basil and mint leaves, I added the snipped chive blossoms (for a tip on releasing the blossoms from the stems, check out this Minnesota Transplant post from last year at this time). I also added stir-fried chicken to the dish and served the whole thing over rice — very tasty.
Now’s the time to indulge in your chive flower dreams — they won’t last long, which is why I’m sharing this photo in honor on the Weekly Photo Challenge on “fleeting.”
I could have taken a picture of anything to capture “fleeting,” I suppose. I’m reading a fascinating book (Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”) which argues that all moments are fleeting and the only moment that matters is now:
“The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. It cannot happen anywhere else. … Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.”
Enjoy this Now.
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