Pasta with pesto and edamame

Just before I made my last batch of garlic scape pesto, I used up the last of the pesto and garlic scape pesto from the year before to make this simple summery dish.  Cleaning out the freezer is important work, right?  😉 I think I originally got the idea for cooking edamame with pasta from…

Jumping guppies!

(Well, this was all true yesterday, but today a squirrel or bird intervened, and the fish are no more…  I’ll have to work on a better system…) Earlier this summer, I constructed a birdbath from a thrifted lamp and a shallow dish.  (I got ideas here, here, here, and here.)  Then one day I came…

New in the morning

I hope you’ll indulge me today.  🙂  I went a little overboard one morning looking at the dewdrops in the garden.  I know it all has to do with cohesion and adhesion and surface tension and more physics than I understand, but they are still marvelous. The book of Job barely makes mention of the…

Are your garlic scapes escaping?

Do you have garlic scapes just begging to be made into pesto?  Hurry before it’s too late! I think of this time in the garden as “forage season” because it’s too early for the big crops like tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers.  Instead, it’s time for gleaning radish greens, garlic scapes, young lambsquarter, and a…

Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32).

Hmmm… (and please don’t freak out)

So, last week I discovered this misshapen little pepper in the garden.  An enterprising spider had built its web in the hole created by some other less-beneficial insect.  (I know, I know, a spider isn’t an insect.)  Now how to get the little critter out?  I admit that putting my mouth over the hole and…

Korean stir-fried cucumbers

I’ve only made one other cooked cucumber recipe (although I may have stuck some in a biryani or something, once), and that recipe definitely proved that cooked cucumbers are edible (and delicious), but it was kind of a lot of work if you’re trying to use up a lot of cucumbers… So, Google helped me…

Couscous with zucchini

This is a fabulous summer side dish.  I love couscous when it’s hot out because it cooks so quickly, and with the zucchini cooked in you’ve got your vegetables taken care of, too.  It’s one of those recipes (like carrot soup) that is so tasty that it’s hard to believe the ingredients are so simple….

Herbed floral mayonnaise

I was planning for a tea party and still sailing along on the “try new things” buzz from Cambodia, when I whipped this recipe up.  I was researching tea sandwiches and came across recipes for herbed mayonnaise and floral mayonnaise, so I decided to just pack the herbs and flowers into one spread for the…

Chocolate Mint Smoothie

So now that I’m experimenting with fruit in the blender, I wondered about blending up something chocolate…  I Googled chocolate banana smoothies and came up with several recipes that looked good (like this one). I decided to stick with something simple the first time, and basically made this Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie, except that I…

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scapes are new to my vocabulary, and a lovely addition to the produce I can harvest from the garden!  The ones pictured above are a little past their prime for cooking, but I used them nonetheless.  I was on the other side of the globe while they were at their peak.  🙂 These seed…

Thankful for…

fresh tomatoes from the garden!  They almost make the 90°+ days worth it.  😉