Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'll get you, my pretty

The first black krim's are turning red/black. Oh, and there are so many more growing in the plants.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Russian Red Kale

Emily and I met up one day earlier this year at the Shangrila Tea House where I had my first Kale chips. Included in a super amazing present she gave me was a packet of red Russian kale seeds. I spread them in the big raised bed earlier this spring and harvested most of it today to make kale chips. I need to tweak the recipe, but this is what I put in it this time:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 C Cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 C Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 C water
  • 5 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Chipotle (spice)
  • 1 pinch sea salt        I based the recipe on this website's  Rawmazing.com
Basically all that stuff goes in the food processor. I had way too much gloop. I'd use 3/4 cup cashews, 1 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/2 tsp chipotle. I'd also put in 1/2 tsp salt as well.

I took the kale stalks and pulled the leaves from the main stalk because that is too woody. I also pulled the leaves into chip-sized pieces.
I love the strange leaf equivalent to skin tags that these had.
I then spooned the gloop into the bowl of torn kale pieces and mixed it in.
It doesn't look like much, but I pretty much had a bowl full of freshly torn kale, the gloop really weighed it down. One thing to note is that the dressing mixture will really build up in some balls and you'll need to wipe some excess off. 
So the original recipe calls for 5 cups of prepared kale and the dressing as well. I thought I had 5 cups kale. I had about twice as much kale with the dressing on it than the dehydrator would hold, so I put the rest on parchment on four pans and tried to fit all the pans in the oven. We sorta had a kale chip overload in the kitchen. 

Overstuffed oven.
I cooked the extras in the oven at 275 for about 20 minutes with the door cracked open. I shuffled the pans around to keep them from burning and to make sure they were crispy. When finished, the chips should be crispy but not burned and they should melt on your tongue. The dehydrator is still going, so I will update later. 

Oh, BTW, kale is REALLY good for you.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Harvest Monday

Tiny Harvest
I filled the bottom of a ramekin with yellow wonder alpine strawberries. If you look back in my blog, you'll find more commentary on these little buggers that you could possibly want. 

We got our first ground cherry, I'm still working on how to describe the flavor. Seeds for both types of plants were from Baker Creek.

open ground cherry

Friday, June 17, 2011


Mom's first rafting experience, she loved it. We had a great time.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Alpine strawberry revisit.
I love these little plants- yellow wonder alpine strawberry. They are so soft, but not in a mush way, more like melt in your mouth. For such tiny berries, they have a lot of personality. Bright tangy with a tropical end note is how I would describe the taste. 
My mom is in town so we have been enjoying taking the grand-baby for walks.  She's on the phone with my grandma right now saying, "No, it's not the boonies, they have streets and houses and streetlights, and flush toilets". Tomorrow we take mom on her first rafting trip. Main Payette, here we come!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Potter's Field

Potter's field is the name for indigent graveyards- the burial sites for then called paupers, people with no family to care for their dead.  Link to a great article. No need for me to reinvent the wheel. Sorry for the small photo, but I think it accurately depicts the state of many of these old burial sites.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weekend Update

The dwarf water lily opened it's first bloom today. There are three more coming up from the depths. They open in the direct sunlight and start to close as soon as the sun moves over the peak of the house in the early afternoon. I love the creamy texture of both the petals and the stamens and pistles.
The fish are quite happy in their new home now that the water is warming up. They are still camera shy, but I watched them pig out on some supplemental food so that they don't eat too much of the plants. There is an all black one this year that I hope to capture with the camera.  
Sadie likes her fish flavored water trough. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spring in Full Swing

This little gem is a yellow wonder alpine strawberry. They are creamy white with yellowish-green seeds and creamy flesh. No wonder you can't sell these at the market. They are so soft, they melt in your mouth. I bet they would turn brown quickly with bruising. I've read that they have a bit of a pineapple taste, but this one was deliciously tart with a creamy mild aftertaste. It is definitely a strawberry and was worth all the fuss of growing them from seed. It looks like we'll have just enough to snack on all summer unless they don't like the high heat. 
Here's one that is almost ripe.
The Sea Breeze strawberries are going nuts! I wonder if it is because we grew borage next to them last year and there are a bunch of borage volunteers growing up with them this season. Apparently the birds don't notice the yellow wonder alpines, and I can see why; they fruits grow on perfectly down-turned stems that aren't visible from above.  I helped Kyle build a strawberry "hutch" out of wood frame and chicken wire for the Sea Breeze strawberries.  Oh, and I picked the first ripe one of those and we each ate a half. It was perfectly tart (as per the variety) and had no white styrofoamy middle. Home grown are the best. The white dust you see throughout the garden is animal and human safe Zamzows Zone for garden plants. You can actually put it on a dog for fleas with no worries. We are using it for pill bugs, carpenter ants, slugs, and earwigs. The honeybees don't seem to mind at all.
The peas are finally blooming. I made sure to put labels in the ground, because we are growing three kinds. Note: Do Not use popsicle sticks and sharpie. the labels won't last though spring, and you won't remember what is where. 
These are the first pea pods spotted this spring!
Stock tank pondtainer newly planted in the late evening sun.
The red russian kale seeds Emily gave me are doing well.
Kyle is going to have to thin his french pumpkins down to two plants soon. Mine aren't coming up well near the compost bins. The soil there is pretty dense. I may need to transplant a few we have starting indoors. 
The sage is blooming for the first time.
We have about 8 new black krim tomatoes starting.
Chives in full bloom. The bees love them.
The delphinium from last year is now four feet tall and has several flower stalks growing out of it. This is a closeup of the first one to bloom. Wow, true blue and violet.
The dragon tongue beans sprouted today.
We have at least three lilies coming up. I love my little reflecting pool.
Kyle helped me set up drip irrigation for the porch planters. I love the simplicity of how I can set them and I can't wait to see how big the container plants get this year. They always dried out too much to flourish.

Friday, June 3, 2011


We head out in about an hour. I made these for the party. Link to the event information. Link to Amber's blog. I get to wear a costume in June, one of the cool things about Boise is that costume events are pretty abundant.