Saturday, October 29, 2011

Practical uses for peppers from the garden

These days, this is what we harvest from the vegetable patch, beautiful yellow, green, and red peppers, with one eggplant in the mix. Typically, we'll chop these into salads, saute in a rice dish, or roast with brown rice and cumin in the oven.  However,

we now find ourselves with one of these.  He likes to nibble on the fresh produce.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Highgrove Gardens

Happened upon a special PBS show this evening of a tour of the stunning gardens at Highgrove, the residence of the Prince of Wales. It was a rare glimpse into the environmental stewardship the Prince has lead over the years on his estate.

The grounds are known for a reed bed sewage treatment system, an acre of organic kitchen vegetable garden, and a stumpery (a forest garden decorated with stumps) where the young princes had a tree house.

Garden tours are available during the summer and early fall, perhaps our next England trip will include this, though children under 12 are not permitted on the grounds.

Amazingly, the wildflower meadow is created by depleting the soil of nutrients, the opposite of most garden beds.  They have created a special wildflower mix using 130 species of flowers and plants that were typical of the Gloucestershire area in England.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hamburger cupcake

Yes, it tasted delicious. Whoever you are that made these for the bake sale, wow!

Chicken pot pie

This was insanely good chicken pot pie. Look at the crust detailing on the top, a rose and leaves. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.  The potato rolls are moist and the desserts melted in my mouth.
Next door is their cafe with family style grand tables. Looked like a good lounge place.
Check out the Black Diamond Bakery.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Zucchini Pancakes

With a giant baseball bat zucchini from my mother, today was a morning for zucchini pancakes.  I am chipping away at the beast.  I find the allrecipes Dinner Spinner app for Android to be most useful in finding creative and delicious ways to use up yummies in the fridge and on the counter.

The zucchini pancakes took a little more time than the 20 or so min mentioned, but not much more, it was all in the slow reading and cooking on my part. Two things I liked about comments on the recipe, one was the suggestion to add cumin and two was the suggestion to make a batch a day or two before you want it so it's quick and easy that morning. I have been taking that idea lately with various ingredients, like ground turkey this evening. It's all browned and ready to be added to pasta and red sauce for dinner tomorrow night.

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