Plants, No Zombies

Today has been a day of rest, gentle exploration, and green things. It’s nearly 10 p.m., and I’m typing this here in a quiet, mostly-dark living room. The husband is in bed—after the first day back at work after two weeks out with dengue—the rabbit is nosing around my feet, and there is green bean soup simmering on the stove. I spent three and a half hours at a day spa today, getting a body scrub, a steam bath, a massage, and an extraordinarily elaborate creme bath. (More on this to come!)

But what I really wanted to talk about was the number of things growing in our apartment! No, not gross stuff like mould and whatnot, ewww.

First up, mung bean sprouts (just, y’know, bean sprouts if you’re Chinese; tow geh, you know?) I’ve been feeling heaty lately, and I thought I’d cook some green bean soup to get rid of it. So we bought green beans and rock sugar late last week, and on Saturday night I put some green beans in a pot to soak before cooking. Well, I forgot about them, and only remembered them late last night, on Sunday. Oops—they’d sprouted. Oh well. Never mind, I had plenty of green beans left, and I’m Chinese, so it’s not like I’ll have trouble figuring out how to use bean sprouts, right? So I did a little research—as you do—and we’re now growing bean sprouts, heh.

(Did you know that putting a weight on mung bean sprouts makes them grow thicker and longer? I didn’t know that till last night!)

Because the supply of fresh herbs in Jakarta is unreliable and of variable quality, the husband and I also decided we needed a herb and vegetable garden. So after coming back from vacation, we planted a stack of planter pots with spring onion, dill, basil, sage, and coriander to start with. The spring onions came up looking like green ingrown hairs, but are now starting to look like proper, if tiny, spring onions.

The spring onions are looking less like large green ingrown hairs, and more like actual, y'know, shoots.

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And the basil is putting out tiny shoots and leaves too!

Our basil is sprouting!

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And the last growing thing: my black chilli plant. A couple months back, we’d gone to a Flora and Fauna Exhibition thing, and picked up a black chilli plant and a couple of rosemary plants. A couple of weeks in, the black chilli plant, which had had several plump black fruit the size of a fingertip, had lost most of the chilli fruit, and was just leaves. Then we went away for a couple of weeks in late July, early August, and lost one rosemary plant to over-watering (yes, I’m the only person I know who can OVER-WATER AWAY ON VACATION, WIN LA). Imagine my delight when glancing out at the balcony, I saw flowers on the chilli plant, and one fat red-black chilli!

The spring onions are looking less like large green ingrown hairs, and more like actual, y'know, shoots.

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So yeah, lots of things growing. And now my green bean soup is ready, so I’m off to eat it and play Plants vs. Zombies 2. (Hmmm. Wonder if it has anything to do with all the growing things!!?)

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