Tag Archive | food

Green Beans

Green beans are a yummy snack and a great addition to any meal. If you like a good crunch, raw is the way to go. My favorite garden vegetable is fresh green beans and I eat them right in the garden.

Last summer I got these nice big bean bushes (pictured below) from seeds bought in the store. I collected the seeds left over and planted them a few days ago. Lets see how they turn out this year!

Sorrel

I have some sorrel growing near my dads garlic field and around our property. It’s a wild edible plant my parents grew up with in Ukraine. When I was a kid, we had it growing in our garden wild and now we have it growing here wild. My mom always called it bunny food, because it’s what rabbits like to eat in the wild.

Sorrel is an edible herb. There are many different types of sorrel and many different uses for it. It grows all over the place here in the northeast United States. It can also be a weed, growing around your garden.

We have sheep sorrel and common wood sorrel. Wood sorrel leaves resemble clover leaves and have yellow or white blooms. Sheep sorrel have reddish/yellow blooms and the leaves resemble a sword.  The leaves of both are a wonderful addition to any salad or soup. The leaves have a nice lemony sour flavor without being too harsh like a lemon. You can eat it raw or cook with it. It’s always a nice snack for me when I’m walking around my yard.

Basil Salsa

 

 

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Beware, cutting tomatoes is messy!

I’ve been having a really huge crazing for some salsa, but hate buying the store stuff. It has all types of preservatives and random stuff in it, so I decided to make my own. I came up with this randomly. It tastes fantastic and I would definitely use it at a party or as a snack. It’s good as a side dish with lunch or dinner too.

Ingredients: 

1 red or green pepper

1 or 2 jalapenos (1 for mild, 2 for hot)

6 to 8 vine ripe tomatoes

6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped20160711_185903

1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

2 Tbsp Himalayan pink salt (or any salt to taste). Pink salt is weaker than regular table salt. Add less with table or sea salt.

1 Tbsp turmeric

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp granulated garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp lime juice

Any chip of your choice and some sour cream if desired.

Instructions: 

  1. Grab a medium sized bowl, a cutting board, and a good knife for chopping. For the tomatoes, you want to use a knife with ridges. A smooth knife will be hard to chop tomatoes with.
  2. Chop the tomatoes and peppers into small squares. Core the peppers to get rid of the seeds and white parts. You want the juice and seeds from the tomatoes, so add those to the bowl. Don’t worry about chopping perfect squares; all that matters is you get them to about less than half an inch. Add to the bowl.
  3. Core and chop the jalapenos into small pieces. Remember, jalapenos are hot! Wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after cutting. Add to the bowl.
  4. Peel and finely chop the garlic and fresh basil. Add to the bowl.
  5. Add right into the bowl the black pepper, turmeric, granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, olive oil, and lime juice.
  6. Add salt, mix everything well, pressing down with a large spoon to get the juice out of the tomatoes. Taste and add additional salt if desired.
  7. Dip your chip of choice right in and enjoy!!!

Hint: Dip the chip in sour cream first and then the salsa. It tastes delicious!

 

 

 

Mustard Anyone?

So, I’m in love with the mustard I’ve planted. It’s plain old yellow mustard (better than the bottled stuff). It has a nice spicy bite to it and goes wonderfully raw with salads and sandwiches. You can add it in your cooking too. They also add beautiful yellow color to any vegetable garden. You can eat the entire thing. The leaves and flowers taste great! Stay calm and plant on!

The Joys of Spring

When Spring arrives, I become a ghost, and with good reason. Over the last 2 months all I’ve been doing is planting, planting, and more planting. Everything from tomatoes to basil to marigolds. The pros of planting your own food and focusing on gardening definitely out weigh the cons of not posting things on here. Now, all I have to do is wait and let everything grow, with some weeding in between. It’s awesome and exciting to watch everything you plant grow!

 

 

Cupcakes From A Box

I randomly decided to make cupcakes tonight. I bought 2 boxes of Duncan Hines Caramel Apple cupcake the other day (it was on sale and comes with the frosting). I usually don’t bake from boxes, but this was an exception. Who doesn’t love apple and caramel? I love baking from scratch because you know what’s in your food, but sometimes you just need a quick snack.

There was no special occasion or reason, other than I just wanted some goddamn cupcakes.  I strangely enough don’t own a cupcake pan, so I had to improvise. I did find some foil cupcake tins in the pantry. I only found 7, but I do have glass containers that can go in the oven, so I used one to make the giant cupcake. Baking is all about improvising. I never have the right tools, but always manage to get it right. So, to anyone out there who is scared to try baking, don’t be. Experimenting and getting things wrong is part of life, but if you can get it wrong with flour and frosting, there’s nothing wrong about that.

They came out perfect, in terms cake and frosting. The decorating needs a little work, but I didn’t really try hard, so I wasn’t expecting them to look great. If you notice, there’s one missing. Well, that’s because I needed a taste before they had frosting on them. I just couldn’t help myself. I did sprinkle a little bit of pink salt on them to make it a salted caramel cupcake, but the frosting just took over the taste. It was extremely sweet, which I don’t care for and the apple and caramel flavor dissipated after adding the frosting.

Pros and cons of making cupcakes from a box:

Pros: It’s quick and easy and cupcakes come out close to perfect

Cons: You can’t control the sweetness, the frosting overpowered the entire cupcake, and all you taste is butter and sugar as apposed to the caramel and apple flavor.

My suggestion, take the time to make em from scratch. Everything just tastes better when you take the time to make it from beginning to end.  Quick and easy isn’t always the best way to go, especially when it comes to baking. I’ve learned that making things from scratch just tastes a whole lot better because you know what and how much you’re putting into whatever it is you are making. I guess I got a reminder of that tonight.