Gardening in the Blind

Fall is in the air
September 15, 2009, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying, Tomatoes

Fall is in the air.  I went outside this morning to let the dogs out.  It was a bisk windy morning.  I’m not sure if I am happy about this or not.  I mean I love fall.  I always have.  But what comes with fall is end of my garden for the most part.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I still have some green tomatoes that are ripening.  But most of my tomato plants are spent thanks to a case of late blight which spread faster then I could blink. 

I am slowly harvesting carrots and kale.  I have found my favorite weekend breakfast to give me the get up and go that I need lately.  I slowly wake up taking one of my dogs out for a bathroom break and work over to the Kale.  Here I pick a handful of leaves and let the dog drag me into the house.  I then take a skillet, pour some hot seasame oil in the pan and sautee the kale until wilted.  Then I add two eggs to the pan and scrabble the whole mess.  Oh is it good!! 

I will add a picture tomorrow.


Hot is the word of the day
September 3, 2009, 12:23 pm
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying, local eating, outdoor gardening

Sometimes hot peppers are a nice addition to whatever you are cooking.  I planted a lot of peppers but due to the lack of heat and sun this summer most are not doing well.  But the one that I just thought was very pretty is.

My pretty little devil plant - a black perl

My pretty little devil plant - a black perl

It seems that when a pepper is so hot most people could not handle it, they label it Oriental peppers.  Well, the Black Pearl is no exception to the rule.  These little peppers are a little deceiving.  I mean they are so little and cute.  I let them ripen to the fullest extent and then I did it.  I could no longer ignore them.  I was watering the garden and I popped one of the little peppers in my mouth to try it.  I mean just how hot can a little pepper be.  There isn’t much to it, it should be fine right?  Well, not really.  One hour later, I regained some of my taste buds although the throat was still burning some.  Atleast I already had the hose going for water.



 Moral of the story: Oriental peppers that have been ripened fully hurt a lot!  Think twice before eating.

Fairy Tale Eggplant
September 1, 2009, 12:57 pm
Filed under: Cooking/Canning/Drying, local eating, outdoor gardening

I have never been a great lover of eggplant.  I tolerate it when I must, but for the most part I don’t eat it.  It has little qualities that I look for in a food.  But for some reason, I really wanted to grow eggplant in my garden this year.  So I purchased two types of eggplant, black beauty which is the standard large one and a little known eggplant called Fairy Tale Eggplant. 

Some Fairy Tale Eggplant harvested

Some Fairy Tale Eggplant harvested

Who could resist a name like Fairy Tale Eggplant.  I obviously could not.  And I am very happy that I didn’t.  Although I am torn as this is a hybrid, I have placed it on the list to grow next year.  Little work was needed for a continuous supply of little sweet, creamy eggplant – no bitterness here! 

I harvest the eggplant when about 4″ long.  You need to be careful though.  Around the stem are very sharp, little thorns.  Take it from me, they hurt.

I took the eggplant and cut it in 1/2 and fried it in some hot seasame oil and then added a bit of water, covered the pan and let it go for 30 sec. or so.  Then I took my trusted stirfry sauce and poured it over it for a “glaze” of sorts – the results were terrific.  I can’t wait until I can make the next bunch.