Saturday, June 25, 2005
Pickled Banana Peppers
I've been watching the garden wither and bake in the Texas summer heat.
Temps above 95 F are taking a toll on most everything. The banana peppers stopped bearing but those on the plants were ripening to a glorious display of yellow, orange and red. I decided to slice and pickle some of these. They will go good on a sandwich.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Pink-eyed Purple Hull Peas
I was not a fan of black-eyed peas until I worked offshore with a Cajun. He cooked up a "mess" of peas with a lot of smoked pork hock, onion, and cajun spice. Ever since then I appreciate their unique flavor and texture. Another favorite I quickly learned to love is known affectionately as Redneck Caviar. It is a marianated mixture of cooked peas (canned are OK), Italian salad dressing, chopped onion, celery & peppers. It is best enjoyed with Fritos. Yum!
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Cantaloupe or Musk Melon?
The plants looked good and they started to produce early but the fruit did not get very big and they aren't very sweet. I must have picked up a variety for cooler climates because this one can't take the heat either. The melons are elongated and smaller than the ones I had two years ago.
I shouldn't sound so disappointed ... after all I am eating melons out of the garden!
She called them "stewed tomatoes" - I called them "good".
After filling up the freezer with salsa, Tracy decided to can some whole tomatoes.
These will be good to remind us of the summertime taste of a fresh tomato!
One of my co-workers gave me this spoon after returning from a trip abroad. It is the perfect tool for tomato canning. Thanks Donna!
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Hog Nose Heaven
It seems to have just what a wandering Hog-nosed snake would want - toads and shade.
I got the call on the way home from work that Zeke our faithful Austrailian Shepherd had the serpent cornered! He continued to bark continuously until I was able to navigate the rush-hour traffic. I moved the offender to a small cage intending to donate the specimen to some friends who home-school their kids for a live science project. Unfortunately the wiley rascal found a small crack in his new prison and was able to escape during the night. Look out toads!
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Take a look at what a small garden can produce:
Okra - Clemsen Spineless
Black-Eyed Peas - Pink Eye Purple Hull
Tomatoes - Celebrity
Cherry Tomatoes - Sweet 100s
FYI - There are 113 on this plate. I guess the name is appropriate!
Don't Bug Me!
See the bug on the right hand side?
I had to take a couple of shots of the tomatoes on the vine. The variety really makes a difference. Celebrity isthe best for this area - don't you agree?
I'm also pretty selective with the Cherry tomatoes - Sweet 100 is my favorite.
These are shots of my two plants.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
The Fruit of your Labors
Fresh from the garden. Sure makes all that effort worthwhile.
BLT for supper
Today's pickings - Tomorrow's salsa!
Hot, Garlicy, and in the Jars
Loading the Jars
Ready for Processing
The End Result
Now all we have to do is wait!