Eat Veggies, save the planet

Hail hits Austin March 25, 2009
March 26, 2009, 3:22 pm
Filed under: weather

Up at Lakeline Mall they showed pictures of softball and golf ball size hail.    In Marble Falls the street cleaners were sweeping the hail off the roads.    But here off far West and Mopac it was only rain.    Praise the Lord.

Freezing spinach
March 25, 2009, 1:53 pm
Filed under: canning and freezing

We ate spinach all winter by clipping off the outer leaves. Now spring has arrived and the spinach is enormous, so time to freeze. So far I have put up 12 quarts and my freezer is full. So that will have to do…

It is amazing how spinach cooks down. If I come home with a big grocery bag full from the garden, I manage to freeze approximately 3 quarts.

  1. Harvest spinach
  2. Wash leaves and trim stems
  3. Heat a very large pot of water to a boil
  4. Fill clean sink with icy water.
  5. Add about 2 colanders full of spinach leaves packed to boiling water.
  6. Stir once turn on timer for 2 minutes  and stir again.
  7. When timer goes off take spinach out of pot with tongs.
  8. Drain lightly and add to sink.
  9. Put 2 more colanders in boiling water and put on timer.
  10. Stir spinach in sink, take out with tongs and put  into a colander and let drain.
  11. Take 2nd batch out of pot with tongs, drain and chill in icy water sink.
  12. Put  drained spinach in colander into a 4 cup container.
  13. Put these 4 cups in a labeled 1 qt zipper freezer bag with “Spinach and date.:
  14. Take out air and lay flat in freezer to freeze quickly.
  15. Repeat …

Sambar spinach and dal, vegan
March 24, 2009, 2:49 am
Filed under: recipes

I came home again today with a huge bag of spinach from my garden. The freezer is full. I have frozen mucho spinach this winter. This is Austin and I have been harvesting the spinach I planted in October since December.

I couldn’t eat another spinach salad or any more steamed spinach so I made this Indian dish.


  • toor dal 3/4 cup
  •  fresh spinach 8 cups
  • tamarind paste 1/2 tsp.
  • oil 2 tsps.
  • mustard seed 1 tsp
  • urud dal 1 tsp
  • chana dal 1 tsp.
  • sambar powder 4 tsp
  • tumeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • salt 1/2 salt

1.Put toor dal in 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until soft.

2. In a wok or cast iron frying pan heat oil. Add mustard seed. When they pop add urud dal and chana dal. Heat until chana dal turns brown.

3.Add spinach with 1/2 cup water. Cook for a minute until spinach wilts.

4. Add tamarind paste and sambar powder to spinach mixture. Cook for 3 minutes.

5. Add tumeric powder and salt. Stir

6. Add spinach mixture to toor dal and bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Stir and serve.

This recipe makes 5 half cup servings and has 120 delicious calories per serving.

Fennel-Leek soup vegan
March 21, 2009, 3:23 am
Filed under: recipes

I am harvesting both fennel and leek from my garden and made this delicious soup. My company thought it was a cream soup. And the best thing, besides the taste,  is that it only has 64 calories in a cup.

  • 1 leek
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 zucchini
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Chop leek, fennel and garlic.
  2. Heat olive oil in heavy duty soup pot.
  3. Add leek, fennel and garlic to hot oil.
  4. Cook on medium low for 15 minutes.
  5. Chop zucchini and cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes covered.
  8. Take off cover and cool.
  9. Puree in the blender for less than a minute
  10. Reheat and serve.

Quilt #9
March 16, 2009, 3:02 am
Filed under: quilting

My daughter Rachel is getting her Master’s at Purdue University in Indiana. I made her this to send a little bit of home to her while she is studying so far away.img_1478y. Purple is her favorite col0r and she does like butterflies. I quilted it mostly in butterflies. I just took Beth Kennedy’s machine quilting course and that was a great help.

Planting tomatoes March 8 & 9, 2009 by the moon phases
March 12, 2009, 2:13 am
Filed under: gardening

The best 2 days to transplant tomatoes in the garden are 2 days and 1 day before the full moon. and we did it.

I put in not only the easy growers like Early Girl and Better Boy, but also some specialty tomatoes like Tomande , Azoychka, Cherokee Chocolate, Cherokee purple, Bradley, and Lemon boy. Also Sungold and dark red cherry tomatoes. 21 plants in all for me and my gardening partner to share. They are caged and plasticed to prevent wind damage. I am so excited that spring is finally here.

I also put in eggplants and peppers.

My white and red potatoes and my onions and garlic are getting big.