Eat Veggies, save the planet

Cucumber and red onion salad
September 19, 2008, 2:22 am
Filed under: recipes

My daughter  called me last night for this recipe. I make it often just by memory, but for her I looked up the original recipe. I think I put in about 1/4 tsp of salt( 4 pinches?)

  • 4 cucumbers- peeled if skin is bitter
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 8 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. of canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp of sugar
  • pinch each of salt, pepper and basil
  1. Slice cucumbers and put in a ceramic or glass bowl
  2. Slice onion thinly and add to cucumber.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a pint ball jar and shake vigorously.
  4. Pour over vegetables.
  5. Let  marinate covered in refrigerator overnight for best flavor.

Harvest moon 2008
September 17, 2008, 3:05 am
Filed under: gardening

I have been trying to plant by the moon these past couple of years. I know that the week after the full moon is the best time to plant root vegetables and to transplant, but what I didn’t know until yesterday is that both the full moon and the new moon are barren days. So instead of planting yesterday, Monday, I waited and planted today, the day after the full moon. I put in 22 broccolis, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflowers. It is still hot in Austin so I will have to watch them carefully which means going every day to the garden.

Broccoli.    Marathon, Calabrese, Watham, and Packman

Cauliflower   Snow crown white and Cheddar-orange

Cabbage  early red express and green vantage

Brussel Sprouts  Oliver

September 2008 in the Austin garden
September 6, 2008, 2:56 am
Filed under: gardening

I pulled up all but 3 of the “okra trees” in my forest/garden. They were still producing but I canned enough okra pickles and 3 okra plants will give us plenty to eat.

All that is left from my summer garden now is pepper plants and eggplant plants, in abundance.

Today i planted kale, mustard greens, pak choi, chinese cabbage, chard, turnips, fennel,and kohlrabi. We shall see if the soil temperature is cool enough for the seeds to germinate.

My first twinsize quilt
September 6, 2008, 2:51 am
Filed under: quilting

I made this quilt for Hanaleah. We picked out the pattern together 14 months ago. Then when she came home from Israel in August 2007 we went to Raney quilts and picked out the fabrics.  A year later the quilt is done. And Hanaleah is in Israel again!