Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from Mr. Sun (and our front door)

Walu and I are having lunch today with neighbors--my sometime training buddy, Homicide Dick Dave*, and his lovely wife, British Liz--to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, so I'm leaving Mr. Sun in charge of The Bike Garden greeting duties for the duration.

As an aside: I have to bring a ham as part of my contribution to the lunch. But I've lived with a vegetarian for nigh on 17 years, how the heck am I supposed to know how to prepare meat? So, yes, I took the coward's path and bought a pre-cooked one at the Honey Glazed Ham Co. And another yes, I know ham is not a traditional Hanukkah meal, but Dave said it would be OK.

I'm also making green chile stew, a vegetarian version with black beans, and a meat version with beef (both yummy and hearty).

Finally, in a fit of madness, I've decided to make Fridays "Cartoon Day at The Bike Garden." I have no idea how long I can keep these up, but they amuse me for now. Fair warning, however: I am notoriously distractible and may forget by as early as next week that I am on a schedule, so don't go placing any bets on the regularity of this feature. (Unless the bet is with me, in which case I could clean up and take that early retirement of which I've been dreaming.)

In honor of last week's commencement ceremonies, here is the inaugural Friday Bike Garden Cartoon, "The Graduate":

James had his own reasons to be concerned about
inappropriate graduation footwear.

I hope all y'all have a safe and happy holiday season. I'll be back in the Bike Garden tomorrow with a special report on how to make a simple nature or garden journal for left-handed people (all you lefties know why this is important). Until then ciao, bella! Enjoy the festivities and don't eat too much pumpkin pie.

*Editorial Note: Homicide Detective Dave continues to raise a strenuous objection to his nickname. However, The Bike Garden is not now nor ever has been in charge of the "Detective Nicknaming Committee" and so disavows all responsibility for any reckless literary references to Dick Tracy which may occur.


  1. Ham for Hanukkah is kind of an interesting concept, but Honey Baked is a good choice. My brother always gets Honey Baked.

    Happy Holidays and the Merriest Christmas.

  2. I hope the celebration was as wonderful as the cartoon! have a happy weekend! gail

  3. Nell Jean--The ham was good, though not very kosher, I'm afraid. Merry Christmas to you, too!

    Gail--it was indeed and wonderful luncheon with good friends. Happy holidays!

  4. We went to a Hanukkah party the other week at which the featured dish was (wait for it) a GIGANTIC ham. Go figure?! Hope you had a great celebration, and as a long-time veggie I will have to ask you to post that green chile stew recipe one of these years. Happy New Year, almost!

  5. Karen--I've had a couple of requests for the green chile stew recipe, so I'll try to remember to do a post of it sometime soon...It's not bad.


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