Birds of a Feather

Crazy Carrots! July 27, 2009

Filed under: Home,Recipes and food — kcfeather @ 7:20 pm

This morning I went to the grocery store, and then to the garden to harvest some veggies (tomatoes, beets, and carrots). I was in for a surprise when I pulled up the carrots – I promise we didn’t give them any crazy hormones (even if we wanted to, it’s an organic garden). But they grew all twisted up, in curly-ques.

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What we’ve been up to

Filed under: Recipes and food,The everyday — kcfeather @ 4:37 pm

Around here, C has an upcoming deadline for some research, so has been hard at work. K is looking for jobs, and otherwise filling her days with gardening, reading, cooking and baking, and more mundane things like laundry, grocery shopping and dishes. In the evenings and weekends, we have been trying to pick up tennis (C is picking it up faster than me) and last night, we watched my all-time favorite summertime flick – What about Bob?

What we’ve been eating: lots of tomatoes in many forms; salt-cured ouzo shrimp; make-your-own-springrolls; Moosewood stuffed zuccini, Turkish style; beef tenderloin with juniper berries and fennel, and burrata salsa. For dessert: buttermilk cookies; raspberry buttermilk cake; peach creme fraiche pie (C found a free bag of overripe peaches at the office); root beer floats (taste test says: Stewart’s is better than Weinhard’s); and baked apricots.

 

Apple Juice and Tomatoes July 21, 2009

Filed under: Home,Recipes and food — kcfeather @ 7:29 pm

On our honeymoon (about a year ago), we were served fresh pressed apple cider with our breakfast each morning. I decided that this was the best breakfast drink ever (much better than OJ, in particular). I highly recommend the Safeway brand 100% Juice Apple Cider – it’s not too sweet, has lots of flavor, and is only $1.99 a half gallon.

Yesterday, I was having a glass of apple cider, and sitting at my computer. I accidentally spilled the glass all over the laptop. Oops.

C came home and took it apart, and we let everything dry overnight. This morning when he put it back together, everything worked but the keyboard, which is pretty great, considering…  In the meantime (before the replacement keyboard arrives) I’m using a cheap (spill-resistant) keyboard from Frys.

Am very thankful that it was only the keyboard. Back up your computer today!!!

In other news, before the apple juice fiasco I found a lot of ripe tomatoes in our garden yesterday. YAY!!! Tomato season is our favorite! This means we can have all sorts of yummy treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Impromptu green bean, tomato, corn, and feta salad, with a drizzle of olive oil

Impromptu green bean, tomato, corn, and feta salad, with a drizzle of olive oil

Our favorite: BLTs - simple sandwich with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes on toast with mayo and fresh ground black pepper

Our favorite: BLTs - simple sandwich with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes on toast with mayo and fresh ground black pepper

 

Carmel July 20, 2009

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 4:15 pm

My parents flew in to visit their college friends this weekend, and after that reunion C and I drove down with them to visit my grandparents at the coast. It was pretty overcast most of the weekend, but we still had lots of fun: walks along 17 mile drive and along the coast in Pacific Grove; a short hike at Point Lobos; lots of wildlife observation (ranging from ground squirrels and deer to seals and otters); a brief stop at the Carmel mission; dinner at Fifi’s and lunch at the Village Corner; and a great sermon at Carmel Pres. Here are a few pictures:

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From the Garden – Lettuce Greens July 15, 2009

Filed under: Home,Recipes and food — kcfeather @ 5:28 pm

Our lettuce greens are going crazy in this heat – a few of the heads already bolted (=no good to eat), so I had to harvest a bunch today. Look’s like we’ll be having salad for dinner for the next while.

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First Harvest July 14, 2009

Filed under: Home,Recipes and food — kcfeather @ 4:38 pm

Other than a few tomatoes we ate straight off the vine, while gardening, I harvested the first veggies from our garden this summer: four chioga beets. We skinned them, cut them up into tiny squares, tossed with olive oil and salt, and roasted for about 40 minutes, then served with Burrata cheese.  Still have the greens – haven’t decided what to do with them yet. Can’t wait for more!

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The lovely stripedness of chiogas

The lovely stripedness of chiogas

 

Garden Update July 10, 2009

Filed under: Home,The everyday — kcfeather @ 8:25 pm

Our garden plot(s) are coming along quite well. I posted some pictures from right after we transplanted here in May. It was too hot for the bok choi, which bolted (and so we pulled it up) – but other than that, it’s looking like we’ll be able to feast on fresh garden veggies for the rest of the summer.
Here’s plot one:

From left to right: Carrots, radishes, leeks, beets, melons (Galia), and lettuce greens.

From left to right: Carrots, radishes, leeks, beets, melons (Galia), and lettuce greens.

And here’s plot two:

Tomatoes (not shown: banana peppers and basil)

Tomatoes (not shown: banana peppers and basil)

We’ve certainly learned from our mistakes this year: in future, we’ll pay more attention to planting season (bok choi); will plant cover crops in the off season (to keep the soil good); and will add fresh soil/manure each year. But overall, we’re pleased with the row crop experiment (thus far…we haven’t tasted the veggies yet, other than the lettuce greens).

We also have some flowers and herbs (and leftover melons and tomatoes) right ourside our front door:

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