Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- About 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained
- About 1/2 cup pitted black olives
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 cod loin fillets (about 6 ounces each)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle on at the table
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch pieces and put them in a food processor with the olives and cheese. Process until you have a rough puree that holds together.
Rub the fillets with the 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle them with the salt and pepper. Arrange the fillets so there is space between them on the baking sheet. Cover the fillets with the tomato-olive mixture and slide them under the broiler, so the fish is about 4 inches from the heat source. Broil for about 5 minutes, until the fillets are just tender but are still slightly undercooked inside. Garnish with the parsley and serve. Pass the bottle of extra-virgin olive oil at the table.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
3 Pepper Plants (Basilla Bajio Hot Pepper, Bulgarian Carrot Hot Pepper, and an Early Jalapeno)
1 Lemon Cucumber plant (I planted seeds for 3 more plants)
1 Eggplant plant (out of which Cat promptly took a bite)
4 Early Wonder Beets (in case my seedlings don't make it)
2 Sweet Basil (in case my seedlings don't make it)
2 Bunches of Chives
1 Alpine Strawberry plant (mini!)
4 Salad Mix plantsFlowers:
Chris picked up...(1) a Chinese Pink Diana, (2) an Only the Lonely Nicotiana.
and I grabbed (3) a Mina Lobata vine (Firecracker vine/Spanish Flag) (seen here), and (4) a Mammoth Sunflower (but I still need a mammoth pot).
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I planted a new batch of spinach seeds outside (from leftover seeds on April 23rd), just to give it one more go. A handful are just popping up. This is after the critter attack last week, when squirrels destroyed 2 brussel sprout plants and tossed the spinach soil all over the deck.
I will not be taken down by squirrels, damn it. Online "research" today has given me a few defensive options to consider: (1) sprinkling cayenne pepper, chili or garlic powder, or black pepper, all over the garden; (2) buying fox urine from an organic gardening store to spray on the plants; (3) spreading used kitty litter around the garden; (4) lining the top of all the planters with nylon netting; or (5) catching the squirrels in cage traps and relocating them. I'll try anything. First approach: Cayenne Powder to protect the spinach seedlings (below).