Zzyzx Road's Herb, Spice, and Vegetable Garden

Since the main Zzyzx Road Kitchen Chronicles page, which is about cooking, was getting pretty long and jumbled, so I thought I'd split the pages into cooking and gardening.

My garden - my very first garden, by the way (I'm nearly 37 now), is filled with 95% herbs, spices,fruits, and vegetables.  The other plants are just two pots of Sweet William flowers, which hold sentimental value for me.  Everything else, though, are edibles.

You'll find here an up-to-date inventory list, what is harvestable, and how I use it in my own kitchen.

You'll also find progress on my latest project, a compendium on herb and spice use around the world - now, throghout history, and in my own kitchen.

Also, I'll keep you in the loop on my attempts to get my husband to help me build a small greenhouse, so that I can grow some of my favorite equatorial spices, especially cardamom.  Sure, I could figure it out, but I hate using a saw, and, as an archaeologist who used to dig on Kodiak Island in Alaska, he brags that he knows a thing or to about visqueen, which always sounds like waterproof lube to me.

Questions, suggestions, tips, invitations to follow or be followed - all are welcome.  I really enjoy getting comments from someone other than the husband person. Not that I don't appreciate his...

Scram, bitch, I'm on a break.

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