Monday, October 13, 2008

Garden Goodness

I planted my garden late, so my harvest is also late.
But it's so exciting to see watermelon growing!
I grew this from seed.
Watermelon in my garden

And it's delicious too.
My first home grown watermelon
This is Orangeglo watermelon.

The Perpetual Basil is doing well.
This is supposedly a perennial variety.
I purchased this plant as a tiny little thing from Kniffings Nursery.
Perpetual Basil
Next to it, on the right, is English Lavender, and a zinnia just coming up.
To the left, my epazote isn't doing so hot.

The Italian Squash grew like weeds--these ones are about two feet long each.
Italian squash
The dark green variety is Costata Romanesco (known for its prolific blossom production),
and the lighter green is Tromba di Albenga.

The Winter Squash (this one Marina di Chioggia) spread out everywhere.
All these were purchased plants from Kniffings.
The pumpkin shaped squash is large and warty.
Winter squash
We haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it will be amazing.

Not too shabby for cell phone pics, huh?

Oh, and if you want a yummy recipe for fried zucchini:
Cut slices (rounds) and season well, then dip each slice individually into a bowl containing an egg that has been beaten with a splash of cream (you really need a lot of salt or the zucchini tastes bland).
Then take each egg-coated slice and dip into a bowl filled with a mixture of flour, salt and pepper, paprika, and parmesan cheese (preferably freshly grated).
Fry in a hot pan of both olive oil and butter (the butter gives it flavor).
Serious yum. The pieces come out with a crust like bread crumbs.



Blogger kt said...

Ok, for squash & zukes, sweat a little onion and garlic in a bit of butter and olive oil. Add the squash when the onion is transparent. Cook for a few minutes till the squash just softens, (a little longer if you like) and put in a bowl with queso seco crumbled on top.


9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Barb, just been catching up- I'm a tad grounded at the mo with my back so haven't been on the computer as much.

Sorry about your job problems. Could you explain the situations to your employers and see if there is a way round the lunch thing?

Sorry to hear about no one noticing your makeover. Sometimes people are so wrapped up in themselvs and other times people don't see what is there more what they remember being there. I think this is why hubby sometimes only notices a different wallhanging after a few weeks. Keepup the good work on yourself and walk with a brioghter step give it time and someone will notice.

Well done on producing a bumper harvest in such a short time.

6:18 AM  

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