Harvest or Not

Posted September 29, 2011 by synnagain
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The ground in the orchard is carpeted in apples. My neighbor gave me another giant cabbage, and I have a gallon crock in the kitchen for making sauerkraut, which I have never done before. I’ve already frozen tomatoes and made salsa but it’s ready to be done again. Beets, green onions, fennel, and shell beans are still in the garden. What’s more, the big bag of ripe bananas from Teals are now overripe. The killing frost that destroyed the swiss chard (which is very hard to kill) might be termed a blessing. No, wait. In the warm weather it has started growing again……

Carob Brownies

Posted September 23, 2011 by synnagain
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Carob beans, also known as locust beans, have been used for thousands of years, for everything from celebrating religious holidays to fodder for animals. Carob powder can be used like coco powder in recipes but it is not chocolate and if a chocolate taste is anticipated, one is likely to be disappointed. Yesterday I made carob brownies and ate them with Greek God yogurt. It was just a standard brownie recipe so I won’t bother writing it down. Carob is slightly sweet so I used a bit less sugar. I ground up almonds and substituted almond extract for vanilla. They were incredibly good.

The Vegetable Monster Again

Posted September 10, 2011 by synnagain
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I took a big bite out of the vegetable monster yesterday. There are some people both young and old who think anything that goes to waste from a garden is a dirty shame. A little of that has rubbed off on to me. In reality, anything that isn’t harvested goes back into the soil. But I still try to use or give away as much as possible. And I hardly ever turn down vegetables offered to me. In the past two days I have frozen and given away tomatoes, froze corn, stuffed myself with corn, and enjoyed fried green tomatoes. I also made scalloped tomatoes.

Pea Soup

Posted August 8, 2011 by synnagain
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I should have picked my peas two days ago.  A few of them were beyond prime.  However, I found  a recipe that included a pinch of sugar to compensate and the peas were fresh from my garden.  The mint was from my herb pots.  I used a vidalia onion, vegetable broth, water, and butter.  The proportions aren’t written in stone.   I simmered the ingredients  for thirty minutes, then added some milk and cream, and seasoned the soup with black pepper.  It was quite good.  So far  this year I’ve had beet greens, swiss chard, cress, string beans, and peas from my garden, and I’ve made liberal use of herbs and flowers for garnish.

Jazzed Up Tofu

Posted May 26, 2011 by synnagain
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Colombian Treat

Posted May 14, 2011 by synnagain
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A Colombian friend made these for me today. They are simple. Slice plantains, salt lightly, and fry gently in olive oil. They are a good snack, and taste a little like potato chips and a little like eggplant.

Milk Day

Posted May 3, 2011 by synnagain
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I had quite a lot of expired milk, which my dog does not drink. So I googled cooking with expired milk and found a recipe for paneer.

The origin of this soft cheese is northern India. It is made by boiling milk (be careful not to burn it) and adding a curdling agent just as it starts to boil. I used balsamic vinegar because I didn’t have the recommended fresh limes. I didn’t save the whey because like the cheese itself, it took on a brown color from the vinegar. Dump the contents of the kettle in a colander lined with a towel or muslin, rinse with cold water, and drain. You can make it drier by pressing under a heavy kettle.

The cheese is very bland and somewhat rubbery but pictures of the dishes made with it look flavorful and delicious and I know it’s good for you.