Here is a little photo report on the garden this year.
Even Smaller Baby Tomato
Melon Blossom. Say that out loud. Mellifluous.
Baby Zucchini. I photographed the process of pollenating this very zuke with a q-tip, and apparently Mother Nature felt demure and cursed my SD card as a result. The photos were unceremoniously re-formatted by Alex this morning.
Not-Baby Apricots. They are almost Fully Armed and Operational.
I am trying out some shade cloth, and with our wind, they are already sagging. I am thinking and researching more about this subject, but not reaching conclusions. I would love advice on the matter.
Spicy Globe Basil
Sweet Basil. No, I am not trying for a Bruschetta world record. I heard that Basil keeps the bugs away from tomato plants. If you are local and need fresh basil, I can hook you up.
This is a recipe called Salsa Scramble, which I downloaded with a month of vegetarian meals from a site called Eat Close to Home. This is the follow up to The China Study changing my life. After reading it I was convinced that we need to move to a more heavily plant-based diet, and that the best way is setting a goal of being vegetarian. I was not convinced to become vegan and abandon all animal products, but I definitely think we need to eat way more plants than our family is eating.
So far we have tried the first three recipes from the download with a two successes and one fail. The salsa scramble was delicious, the General's Tofu was very good. I ate the rest for lunch before photographing it today, and it was even better than last night. The scrambled eggs and greens, well, we threw the rest of the pan of those away. I used red chard, perhaps that is where I went wrong?
This is Oat Groats and Kale, from Martha Stewart. My sister and I bought a huge bag of oat groats to share, and so I googled groat recipes and came up with this. I thought it was very good, and Grace liked it better than the Salsa Scramble. We had them on the same night.
Most of the recipes include brown rice, and I cooked ours with about a third pearl barley, which added nutritional and textural variety. It is an adjustment, but based on the nutrition, one we are willing to make.
Watch for more reports. I am especially enjoying the adventurous side of more plant foods. I cooked beets and quinoa in the same pot today. Exciting.