Monday, December 15, 2008

Homemade/Homegrown food

Here's some home grown green beans, broccoli and cabbage stir fry. It was yummy. We still have some tomatoes growing, but in the shade, and tonight it's supposed to get *very* cold, in the 30's so we might lose the plants. I was surprised that the tomatoes were starting to change color too, even though they were barely getting any sun. Goodbye fall, hello winter! brrrr

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Homemade/Homegrown food

Homemade Gluten, Egg and Dairy free pancakes

Homemade pasta sauce with homegrown tomatoes

Homemade curry(no instant cubes!) It's got homegrown cabbage in it.

Harvest Update

Hi, it's been a while, things are still busy, esp with the Holiday preparations. The Garden is in transition from being converted back into a "normal" lawn and concrete backyard, so I don't have any new plants that are producing. These are the last of the summer crops. I'm pretty happy about the cabbage, that was the only one that survived the insects...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Here's what happened to the very large nappa cabbage, half of it went to this Sukiyaki along with the spinach also grown in the garden. The other half of the nappa cabbage was given to my Mom who made some tsukemono(pickled cabbage)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Harvest Updates

Hi, long time no post, it's been busy with Birthday party preparations and moving prep going on at once. Here's a few harvest pics, like the large nappa cabbage?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Seeing Double?

Yes, you're seeing 2(two) Sun Ovens! One is my Mom's that she is not using right now. Cooking in these twin beauties is 1)a very large organic chicken roasting, and 2)some vegetables in the chicken's broth. I started late, so we didn't finish cooking the bird entirely in the sun ovens and ended up finishing them in the conventional oven, but I think it saved some natural gas, than had I just used the conventional oven.

Harvest Updates Oct 9th ~ Oct 20th

The Summer Crops are nearing their end, the harvests are only every other day now. I do have some younger tomato plants that have lots of small green tomatoes, but we'll see how the weather holds up. So far it's very warm during the day, but rather chilly at nights. The cukes are pretty much through, they don't last very long. I think Cukes are best planted in 2 week staggerings of 3 plants or so for our own needs. We do have some big changes coming, we have decided to move back to my Mom's place to help her out, this coming January. This means big changes for the garden. Unfortunately, all the lovely raised beds we've worked on so hard will have to be dismantled, and lawn will have to be grown again in place of those productive little plots. I'm saddened by the loss of that, but at least my Mom's land is very fertile, so we are making preparations for a winter garden in her yard right now. And slowly converting our yard back to the average American Suburban plain 'ol lawnscapes ...sigh

Friday, October 10, 2008

Homegrown/Homemade food

Homegrown Basil that has been sun dried

Farmer's Market yams cooked in the sun oven

Kimchee made with Homegrown Cucumbers & Nappa Cabbage

Harvest Updates Sept 27th~Oct 8th

Lots of late summer tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis

Lots of Nappa Cabbage, more to make Kimchee with!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Garden Updates

Soybean (edamame) plants with cabbage nestled in the middle amoung marigolds and sweet alyssum.

Nappa Cabbage (hakusai), with Garlic shoots along the egdes

Volunteer Tomatoes, flowers but no fruits yet.

Top row: the end of the corn stalks being used as mulch to conserve water. Beans and Peas will be grown there. Bottom row, the amazing zucchini plant that is still producing, with baby yam leaves peeking at the zuke's roots. Shyungiku(edible crysanthemum) on right.

Late cucumbers, melon and pumpkins already succumbing to powery mildew

Saving Seeds

The Plate is full of tiny Hopi Red Amaranth seeds. It came from one plant.
The Tubes have Passion Fruit (from Farmer's Market) and Bok Choi from the garden. The quarter is there for size.

Jerusalem Sunflower seeds drying. Some will be toasted to eat. The biggest will be saved for seed stock

Friday, September 26, 2008

Harvest Updates Sept 19~Sept 26

Nappa Cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes and one blackberry

Amaranth, these are dried, then "massaged" to harvest the tiny seeds

more tomatoes, okra and a miniscule broccoli

dirty red potatoes, the rug is outside, don't worry

1st persimmon, some blackberries, okras, oranges and a tiny strawberry

Zucchini, greenbeans, tomatoes, orange and 1 blackberry

Oranges, peppers, tomatoes, greenbeans, okra, blackberries, 1 strawberry and 1 snowpea

persimmons(notice they are rather green, we have to beat the squirrels to them),tomatoes, greenbeans, mini pumpkin(the mystery squash) & 1 blackberry

persimmons, pumpkins, okras, tomatoes, greenbeans and potatoes

ordinary oranges

more nappa cabbages...kimchee here I come!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Homemade food

Homemade gluten, egg, dairyfree pancakes, sausage is not homemade.

Grape Jam on homemade Gluten free bread. The jam was made from grapes I crop-swapped for my oranges. Caleb loves the toast with the grape jam!