Eat Veggies, save the planet

Too much rain for my Austin garden
May 31, 2007, 12:23 pm
Filed under: gardening

Rain and more rain is falling. I hope my potatoes don’t drown. I had plans to dig them up this A.M. after sunny skies for late yesterday afternnon after much rain, but the skies have opened up again. And I planned on picking tomatoes.

Austin and Rain
May 30, 2007, 8:20 pm
Filed under: gardening

Us gardeners  have not had to water almost all month.  Definitely not this week. And the zucchinis, yellow squash, tomatoes and green beans are coming in. the regulas eggplant aren’t in yet but the japanese eggplant are prolific. What a bounty.

peach smoothie, vegan
May 24, 2007, 10:51 pm
Filed under: recipes

My daughter had her wisdom teeth removed yesterday and asked for a smoothie. Here is the simple recipe I blended for her.

  • 2 Tablespoons apple juice concentrate
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of home canned peaches, no sugar added
  1. Blend all ingredients until ice cubes are gone.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Too big zucchini in Austin
May 24, 2007, 10:44 pm
Filed under: gardening

I just went to my garden after being away for 6 days and I found 4 zucchini that were over a foot long and very fat. They went right into the compost pile

But there were many smaller ones to pick plus some red tomatoes and all sorts of different peppers and ichiban eggplant.

And 1.5 pounds of green beans, blue lake, pole beans. This is my first year growing pole beans instead of bush beans and I love it. They are simple to pick. I will NEVER grow bush beans again.

I watered for 30 minutes and put the soaker hose on  my tomatoes.  Just as I was done it started to rain hard. Yippee!  Not the greatest timing but rain water is so much better than the chlorinated Austin water.

The Heat Is On
May 16, 2007, 12:19 am
Filed under: gardening

I pulled up all my lettuce today. It all has bolted with the 90 degree days. I picked tomatoes, yellow squash and peppers today. And the lima beans i planted last week have all come up.  I repeat , all of them came up. I guess the soil was exactly the correct temperature. We are sure enjoying the potaotoes and onions. Yay. Austin

Brown Gravy, vegan
May 11, 2007, 1:44 pm
Filed under: recipes

My daughter Rose says that making gravy is difficult , but I think not. Just take the steps slowly.

  • 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 2-3 cups vegetable  broth or water
  1. Heat a cast iron pan to medium.
  2. Add flour and whisk while browning. It is your choice whether light, medium or dark brown.
  3.  Turn off pan and let flour cool.
  4. Whisk in oil.
  5. Slowly whisk in 2 cups broth or water.
  6. Turn pan on  to medium again and add spices.
  7. Continue adding water until proper consistency and gravy comes to a boil.
  8. Turn stove to low and cook for 5 minutes  adding broth or water if desired.

Green Bean Pate
May 6, 2007, 3:32 am
Filed under: recipes

First of all can someone tell me how to put an accent on the e in pate?

My 17 year old daughter says green bean pate is her favorite dish these days so I make it often. One must use fresh green beans or the texture will be all wrong, no canned or frozen.

  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 4 cups of green beans
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • 4 oz of medium tofu
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of dried parsley or 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley
  1. Heat cast iron skillet.
  2. Add oil.
  3. Add onions and salt.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes on medium; do not let burn.
  5. Add green beans and walnuts and pepper.
  6. Cook for 5 more minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. It is done when green beans taste cooked, but crunchy.
  8. Let cool and then blend green bean mixture in food processor.
  9. Add tofu(crumble small) and lemon juice and process until blended. Do not overmix.
  10. Transfer to  bowl and stir in  parsley.
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Hot days are here again
May 6, 2007, 3:17 am
Filed under: gardening

I took the plastic off my tomatoes and pepper and eggplant cages on Friday and they are thriving. The tomatoes are 4 feet tall already. I have a Sungold cherry tomato plant that has tomatoes ready to pick and eat.

Unfortunately I have not planted my lima beans yet. We had 5+ inches of rain(that is how high the rain gauge measures) in the past 2 days and the ground is too wet to mess with.

Hopefully the ground will dry out so I can dig more potatoes soon.

red cabbage
May 4, 2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: recipes

After a week of rain and not being able to get out to my garden I decided to post my first recipe. Last fall I grew red cabbage for the first time and my youngest daughter took a fancy to this recipe and has me make it regularly even after all the red cabbage is gone and I have to buy it in the supermarket. I usually make it just for her so it is a recipe with one serving.

  • 1 cup of red cabbage sliced chunckily(sp?)
  • 1/4 tsp of oil
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  1. Heat oil in cast iron pan on high.
  2. Add cabbage and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Lower heat and add salt and pepper, stir
  4. Add vinegar and cover.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes and serve.

rain glorious rain in Austin
May 1, 2007, 12:24 am
Filed under: gardening

No need to go to the garden today to water my seeds. We got rain. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.