Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Living Room Gardening

At Bev's request, I bought some Mammoth sunflower seeds to plant in the front yard at McClendon on Sunday.  They grow to 12 feet high.  I also got some regular zucchini (all I had before were these little round zucchino), and some rainbow carrots (since none of the farms brought them to the University District Farmers' Market, I decided to grow my own).  There was a grab bag of mixed heirloom tomato seeds, as well as a variety of sweet peppers.  I got three more 72-well germination trays, so this leaves me gardening in my pjs in the living room, in front of the DVR.

All went well there.  It wasn't until I decided to break apart the Bright Lights (rainbow) Swiss chard that was growing out of its 8"-ish germination pot that I ran into trouble.  You see, I'm not really sure how to break plants apart into multiple pots.  I have to wait until my mommy gets home to help me.  I hope all the chard is okay until then.  I'd just watered it, so it's beyond moist.  One more hour, and she can rescue my salad greens.

And here I fancied myself a gardener...

So here I wait, shamefully watching Ghost Hunters Int'l, just because I have the screaming thigh sweats for Barry.

Is it Bitchin' Kitchen night yet?

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Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves