Friday, November 13, 2015

A Birthday Poem for Peggy

Our busy lives
there's rarely the time
To rest, and indulge
and do what's just mine
Like call my dear sister
when she's front of mind
Which believe it or not
I am often inclined
Please, my dear sister
accept these greetings divine
Happy Birthday, best wishes,
with love, genuine.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sauerkraut and Bread Make a Meal

This is the kind of simple, tasty meal that one can prepare with sauerkraut and bread (both hecho casero), scrambled eggs, and a little mayonnaise.

Bread, eggs and fermented cabbage.  Nothing else needed.  On second thought, maybe a nice, sour beer would have been a nice accompaniment.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sungold and Sweet Million Tomatoes

The Sungold and Sweet Million tomatoes are done for the season.  Lord am I going to miss these little gems.

Monday, August 17, 2015

75% Whole Wheat Bread

Made with my 2 year old, yet-to-be-named levain. The whole wheat flour is from Bluebird Grain Farms.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Garden Betty's Ruby Kraut

Found this lovely, 4 pound cabbage at the farmers market and was inspired to again try my hand at sauerkraut.  Using this Garden Betty recipe as a guide, here's what I did:

  • Used our lovely and somewhat impractical old mandolin to shred 1.70 kilograms of cabbage.
  • Added 160 grams of carrot
  • To that, 27 grams of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of peppercorns
  • 3 small bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of celery seeds

Massage the salt into the cabbage and other ingredients, and let sit for a couple of hours to draw out the water, giving it the occasional turn and massage all the while.

Stuffed it all into my lovely fermenting crock from In Ferment and waited 14 days.  

Voilà, sauerkraut!  But, I've no idea how Garden Betty can maintain the bright color of those carrots after a long fermentation.  Mine was truly ruby kraut throughout.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pasta with Flowers

Whole wheat pasta with squash, borage and nasturtiums from the garden.  Plenty of olive oil, brown butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmigiano reggiano, not from the garden.  ;-)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Garden's Bounty

The squash has been prolific, the tomatoes are thriving in the hot weather, and we are the beneficiaries of our own hard work.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fingerling Potatoes Harvest

A portion of the 5.2 pound (recent) harvest of Russian Banana fingerling potatoes from our garden. Boil, add butter and salt, and enjoy.  It really is that simple.  

Thursday, August 6, 2015


The sunflowers are in their prime.  What is lovelier than seeing these magnificent plants, which had their start from a tiny unremarkable looking seed?

That's our hop on the vine to the right of the sunflowers.  Brown leaves, stunted growth.  ¿Qué pasó?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Birthday Poem for Peggy - Years Old (the poem, not Peggy)

Sitting here, pondering, over a beer.
What will I do?  Your birthday is here!
It's tomorrow, in fact, and I've not sent a gift.
But we send love and regards, so please don't feel missed!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Silly Birthday Limerick for Ants, My Brother

In sports, you make me a klutz
and your politics, batshit nuts.
But we love you still,
and we always will
Cuz you're family, no ifs, ands or buts.