Early Summer Garden 2014: (l to r, top to bottom) genovese basil, kohlrabi, scotch bonnet pepper (all from seed!). The sidewalk plot and new garden front. Blueberries, strawberries, and snap peas (oregon and cascade). Charming ground cover blooms and sage and rosemary going crazy with tomatillos just behind. There are lots of tomatoes too but they’re not exciting…yet.
Crocuses! First blooms of the warm growing season. They say start planying outside when they flower!
Fall has arrived, and I have been craving hearty, balanced dishes. This one I was hankerin for for a solid week: creamy polenta with braised chard and tofu. Paired with a decent shiraz and Hunter S. Thompson, it was perfect!
Got extra coconut water? Make coconut rice! I mixed 1 part tap water with 1 part coconut when cooking rice. It pairs wonderfully with a lot of things: seafood and curry obviously, but also was a stunning pal to some soy sauce-doused fried eggs and brightened some steamed broccoli. Next I’ll try it in stir fry. I can’t stop eating the stuff! (Shown above with lightly curried shrimp, roasted cashews, broccoli, and wild arugula.)
A friendly neighbor let us pick some of his sour cherries. Mmmmm…pie…
Pulled pork adobo with sour cherry chutney and chard.
On the wall organization! I have one of those drawers that’s so full you can’t open it sometimes. So I organized the bulkier and more heavily used items in a fun wall arrangement!
We authors went berry picking with a few friends this weekend. I’m sure you’ll see the fruits of our labor throughout the summer but here’s one to start you off: Tayberry Hand Pies! Tayberries are hybrids between blackberries and raspberries and have a gentle floral flavor. I seasoned them rather traditionally with with nutmeg, allspice and a touch of cinnamon.
Scenes from around the garden!