Sunday, January 4, 2015

Time is the Pay Dirt

A few years ago I planted a pomegranate tree. I put it in a large container. We have little beasts that eat the roots of treasured plants like artichokes and roses, and I have had way too many go under. However I wish now that I put the pom into the soil. I think it would have made it and produced many more fruits at this stage.

The first year it gave me one little fruit, the year after two or three small fruits. The third year I watered it, as it was covered with blossoms, and all the blossoms dropped. And this year, drought or no  drought, I let the plant be. And was graced with a bowl full these lovelies.

True to any fruiting tree, time is the pay dirt.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Secret Ingredient* Pasta Salad

Secret Ingredient* Pasta Salad

1 cup cooked pasta cooled
1 Tablespoon minced white onion
1 Tablespoon capers
1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped roasted red bell peppers
12 black olives quartered

Gently toss all ingredients together.

In a separate bowl (I use a small Mason jar.) mixed together

1 Tablespoon mayo
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 splash white wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
ground pepper to taste
*plus 1 1/2 teaspoons V8

Shake like crazy and pour on pasta. Cool and serve.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Red Cabbage, Purple Cabbage

I planted nine, but one had a twin. So I have ten cabbages to harvest and soon. This is the first. Vibrant fellow, isn't he?

Nature is so amazing. Look at how tightly formed that head is.

I made kimchee with this one. Probably have to donate it to The Mister because I made it too spicy.

I'm too old for the Cabbage Patch Doll craze, but I can totally see where it came from.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Are they watching us?

The garden has started. Radishes are in full swing. Spicy too!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry Solstice!

The cork sculpture was The Mister's creation. The pizza was mine, of course. I'm taking a couple of weeks off from work, so we've been going out for Japanese food and staying home for homemade Italian food and good wine.

We burned a yule log for the Solstice, a coastal live oak log from Cambria. It was given to us by a dear friend who passed away in March from a very quick spreading cancer. So sad.

I collected the ashes from the log to be used in blessing my garden this spring. I have big plans for the garden this coming year, and I hope to take lots of pictures to document.

So as always I want to wish you fond memories of the past and high hopes for the future.
Cheers to the New Year!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Homemade Catsup and Potatoes

I've always wanted to open a pub. Pub food is some of the most wonderfully satisfying taste treats for all of humankind. Indeed I might have to classify this as food porn. Yep, I think so.

Here are the elements.

  • Homemade catsup
  • Homemade pepper crusted potato home fries.
  • Thick cut crispy cooked bacon
  • And a chewy Syrah

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Plate of Carbs With Tomato Sauce

So I have lots and lots of tomatoes. I've made sauce and paste. Froze skinless whole tomatoes for use this winter. Made salsa. And eat them fresh in every meal. And still I have lots and lots of tomatoes.

How do I put them up?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tomatoes Vs Sept Vogue

This is 2 quarts of Juliet tomatoes that needs to be processed. I'm thinking of blanching skinning and freezing. Just to the right of Project BSF is a ten pound Vogue that needs processing too.

Who is going to win the afternoon with Judy?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Gingerbread in a Jar

I bought a flat of these half pint jars with wide mouths, and probably should get some more too. I filled two with gelatin made with fresh juice, two with strawberry sauce, and eight with gingerbread. 

The house smelled good that day. Gingerbread in August made me lust for Christmas.

I adapted a recipe called "Canadian Gingerbread" from the book, The Complete Book of Gingerbread: Traditional Gingerbread Recipes and Designs From Around The World

I added ground cloves and ground nutmeg. And substituted Agave Syrup for the Light Corn Syrup. 

Believe it of not, I actually had Light Corn Syrup in the pantry. It was at least five years old, although never been opened, and slightly yellowish. The ingredients were High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar. I tossed it in the trash.

They came out pretty good, but I would test for doneness (toothpick comes out clean) about five minutes earlier.

I froze a bunch to see how they taste after sitting awhile and then being defrosted. The recipe calls for the bread to sit a day to develop more flavor.

How anyone who smells gingerbread cooking resist eating it for 24 hours is beyond me.

Last weekend I made homemade mac n cheese and had some extra sauce. I'm thinking I might add it to  puree potato soup. I grew potatoes again this year, um, kind of by accident. But that's another story.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Coffee Soda

A recipe for Coffee Soda

One fresh cup of strong coffee
Ice to fill tumbler
One tablespoon of vanilla sugar - stir into hot coffee
Some milk to lighten up coffee (optional)

Pour coffee and additions into tumbler until half full.

Add seltzer water and stir. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Good Morning Sunshine!

One of my favorite ways to eat zucchini is sliced into disks and lightly sauté in butter with scrambled eggs. This morning I chopped up some blossoms and sauté them too and finished the plate with a sprinkle of some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top. 

Hairy beast!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Muffins

Banana walnut muffins cooked in a toaster oven this morning were moist inside and had a crunchy crust. The occasionally bite of walnut was a nice surprise. I'm freezing the few that were not consumed for a quick weekday breakfast. What is your favorite muffin?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mr. Ekans

Maybe this King Snake feels like he fits right with the hoses. He's sure knew I was there, and he knew just where he was going too - down a hole.

Personally I am very glad he is black and white. I really don't want to step on him.