Posts tagged ‘gardening’
The garden yield a lot of cherry tomatoes, basil and cubanelle peppers (my bell peppers are few and slow growing). I haven’t been using my rosemary with all the basil around, rosemary will last far into autumn. Here I made a pesto with basil, garlic, walnuts, grapeseed oil, and a squeeze of lemon. I spread it on pizza dough coated in olive oil and push in the tomatoes. Since the pesto had no cheese it crumbled when you try to eat it but the flavors were amazing (you can add cheese to the pesto and it might hold together better). If I were to do it again I would fold the dough over the pesto and tomatoes.
I also made a gazpacho by blending the cherry tomatoes till it was liquid with a few cloves of garlic, a tablespoon or two of red wine vinegar, and a few pinches of salt and black pepper. I add in diced up cucumbers, onions, and bell pepper. Topped with lots of torn basil and some olive oil.
The photos make the peppers look large, these are like 5 inches long.
So far I’ve only gotten one pepper to red.
The black bell peppers are really small but cute and tasty. I’ve been throwing them in any dish that needs more veggies.
The tomatoes are coming in fast, while there’s only three peppers out there now. They are so sweet I can just eat these tomatoes like fruit (yes they are fruit). Also great with a little olive oil, salt, black pepper, and basil.
When I plucked the purple pepper last week, it didn’t developed seeds yet. So maybe I was a little impatient, tho after plucking it started producing more buds. The pepper was very fruity, a little tart but not bitter in any way. I made a pasta salad with the first harvest.
Pasta salad with herb infused oil
- 2 1/2 cups fusilli pasta (cooked to desired texture in salted water)
- 1 small onion (sliced thinly and rinsed)
- 1 small bell pepper (diced)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
- small bunch of basil (torn)
- small bunch of thyme (or a few sprigs of rosemary)
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1/3 (to 1/2) cup olive oil
- 1 large lemon (zested then juiced)
- small can of kippered herring or tuna or sardines (optional, you can also add cooked lentils or beans instead)
- salt and black pepper
Heat up the olive oil over medium low heat with the thyme (either tied and remove later or strip the leaves into the oil), the basil torn into small pieces, and the crushed garlic. Simmer for a few minutes till it starts to smell fragrant and before the garlic turns dark . Put the pasta and everything into a large bowl, pour the oil and lemon juice (and zest) on top, toss together then salt and pepper to taste.
This year I started my garden on time, instead of just planting now. So everything is in bloom. I have bell peppers of various colors (they are call ‘color bells’) but so far I only see green and this dark purple looking one (I know they will change when they start to ripen). I’m growing cherry tomatoes again, but this time instead of ‘sweet hundred’ it’s ‘sweet million’. There is a noticeable increase in the number of flowers and I expect a whole lot of tomatoes.
I planted 4 cherry tomato plants and 4 jalapeño plants in June. These pics were from late July. My small box of thyme has managed to stay alive for the last 3 years and is doing well. I’ve let one of the oregano plants go to flower and it attracts the bumble bees. I also have a new pot of basil and new rosemary. My previous rosemary bush dried out over winter.
The pepper plants never got very large but they produced a lot of fruit.
They don’t ripened in clusters anymore. I just pick them off as they turn red.
There’s my mutt-mutt.
I had planted them late August in a small pot (a square foot) and crossed my fingers. I knew that peas grew best in cooler temps, in the last 2 weeks it really came into bloom and I haven’t even been watering it much since the start of October. While the bottom looks like some shriveled leaves and vines, the top is lush. I was so excited when I spotted a pod from my window, I rushed out to take a picture.
And my rosemary plant is huge.
Here’s a pic of my peak tomato harvest a little while back. It has trailed off since, there are still a lot of green ones and I’m not sure whether to pick or not. The temps are still in the high 50s at night.
September is almost over now, but hopefully we’ll get in a few food posts. I’ve been occupied with some work and Chelle was in the midst of a hurricane. Luckily she’s unscathed and promised to post more food soon.
This year I decided to grow tomatoes (to save money, organic tomatoes are like luxury items), but I didn’t get around to it till late June. After some research on the web, I got an early variety; ‘First Lady’ that only takes 66 days to yield fruit. I bought 4 plants, and place 2 in the ‘Tomato Success Kit’ and the other 2 in a window box type planter. The ones in the Tomato Success Kit grew huge. I didn’t expect much from the other planter but it grew pretty large (but less than half the size of the other ones) with many tomatoes.
Some finally ripened early last week when the temps came down from the 90s. My first batch was about a pound and a half. I sliced them up with some basil from the garden, olive oil, black pepper and fleur de sel. It’s my favorite thing to do with these tomatoes. I made salsa a few days later with new tomatoes, which was very tasty but it can’t beat the basil-olive oil-pepper-fleur de sel experience.
Next year I’m going to grow red bell peppers. At $6.99/lb for organic at Whole Foods, I haven’t had any red bell peppers in over a year.