Eat Veggies, save the planet

My 8th quilt
December 24, 2008, 9:13 pm
Filed under: quilting


This quilt was made for Rose’s friend Anna in Toronto. Her baby is Tova.


Harvesting vegetables in the winter garden in Austin
December 16, 2008, 5:48 am
Filed under: gardening

The broccoli heads are all eaten now, but we are getting delicious side shoots.

I cut my first 3 cauliflowers. They weighed about 4 pounds each.

I picked a red cabbage last week, and today I picked my first brussel sprouts and my first head of cabbage.


The wall in Eagle pass
December 12, 2008, 3:46 pm
Filed under: eagle pass

Eagle pass used to be a friendly town. Now all the activity revolves around border guards and builders of the wall dividing the US and Mexico. Didn’t we learn anything from the Berlin wall? Tear it down!

Groundnut stew, vegan aka Maate
December 2, 2008, 2:12 am
Filed under: recipes

With an abundance of sweet potatoes in my pantry I have been combing recipe blogs for what to do with them all. Here is a simple groundnut stew that uses sweet potatoes. It makes 4 cups. Groundnut is the common African word for peanut.

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 TBSP canola oil
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 TBSP peanut butter
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups cabbage
  • hot peppers optional
  1. Peel and cube sweet potato
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Heat oil and saute the onions and sweet potato cubes.
  4. Dice carrot, turnip and tomatoes.
  5. Add diced carrots, turnips and tomatoes to pan along with the vegetable broth.
  6. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until carrots are soft.
  7. Mix 1/2 cup warm water with peanut butter  add to the pot.
  8. Add cabbage and pepper and bring to a boil.
  9. Lower to medium and cook covered  for 5 minutes more.
  10. Shut off heat. Keep covered for 10 minutes
  11. Serve.

Growing lettuce in the fall/winter in Austin
December 1, 2008, 7:56 pm
Filed under: gardening

My fall/winter garden is going terrificly except for the lettuce. The lettuce I planted in October is coming up too slowly. Next year I will plant in September.  Right now we are eating salads with green leaf lettuce and spinach. This could be worse but I would like more lettuce and less spinach.

I started some seeds in my backyard  in a 25 gallon black pot so if it freezes I can cover them with a blanket and still have some fresh lettuce. But these I started in early November and they are just babies.

Next year I will follow the advice of the folks at Angel Valley commercial farm who say their best varities are red leaf, romaine, green leaf and butterheads.