We had some gorgeous weather here earlier this week! Wednesday was 65 degrees and glorious. We got home from Pidge’s appointment and he was sound asleep. I finally had time to get outside and get our garlic and leeks in the ground before it snowed Thursday and Friday. Continue reading
Today’s harvest. Couldn’t resist – just had to be done. Hope it makes you smile too! Purple tomatilloes and chili pepper. Got a couple of tomatoes too.
It is hard not to photograph our sunflowers. They are stunning from almost any angle.
Over the past week or so, we suddenly lost all but two of our yellow squash, three zucchini plants, several pumpkins and one butternut squash. They would be beautiful and lush one day, wilted the next and gone within another day.
Melittia cucurbitae foraging holly blossoms. Georgetown County, SC
I first came across the notion that the common orange daylily is edible in a book titled Wild Edibles of Missouri by Jan Pillips.
This past weekend, I was looking for something from the garden to add a special touch to a lunch for out of town guests. Glancing around the yard, I saw beautiful orange nasturtiums peeking out from between cucumber leaves. The blossoms have a peppery zest not unlike the flavor of watercress or arugula. I had all the ingredients to make nasturtium blossoms stuffed with a fresh chive cream cheese. They were served on a bed of nasturtium leaves as an hors d’oeuvre. The rich, peppery flavor of these would be nice paired with a dry chardonnay or iced sweet tea. Overall they were a hit and I would make them again and again.
There is nothing like the taste of crisp, fresh sugar and snow peas first thing in the spring. Our peas have just about finished for the season. Although peas usually bloom in two flushes, our second round of peas fizzled out due to an abrupt shift from spring to scorching summer this month. We had a great harvest for our first round – more than what we could eat at the time. I was able to blanch and freeze two batches of peas for later in the season. Our kids love to eat frozen peas as a snack anytime and we all enjoy them with stir fries for a taste of spring in winter.
Potato Planter from Burpee
We decided that we would try growing potatoes this year. After some research, we ended up buying a reusable potato planter from Burpee for around $30.
Rosemary Garlic French Bread
Today I had my first experience with making fresh home baked bread without the aid of our bread machine.