Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Yes we are still eating...
I lack photos to persuade but nevertheless highly recommend to you the following for some tried and true fine eating:
Simply Recipes Blender Hollandaise sauce (for whatever your version of Eggs Benedict needs might be)
Garlic Roasted Chicken from the Food Network (I used bone in thighs and white wine rather than vinegar)
Tacos of Carnitas Roasted with Orange, Milk and Pepper from Cookstr
We had our tacos with a version of Austin Gastronome's Salsa Verde
Meanwhile, tomato plants are (finally!) in the ground and I am back into Chief Bug Smasher/Waterer territory for the season.
In order to get our fair share before the bugs/birds/squirrels have taken all the lower fruit I can reach from my wobbly ladder perch, this year I picked a bit early and will now depend upon the displayed low tech indoors ripening technique.
That's Plan A and while the loquats huff ethylene and carbon I will be methodically gathering up jam jars and checking our supplies of lids and rims.
I'll have to see how much usable loquat fruit I end up with before deciding if I can make all loquat jam or will need to mix in strawberries or peaches.
I admit it is a lot of pitting and peeling for a fairly small usable amount per fruit. Regardless, the novelty grabs me annually and I love having home made jam to pull out on demand (even though the making of it gives me night terrors). Having homemade jam around makes me smile - every single time. So worth it.
Is there something you will go to extra trouble to do or make just because it pleases you to be the person who will do that? Some special sauce or quick bread or cake or dish that you make because you like what it says about you to do so? Fess up in the comments - we all want to know!