Eat Veggies, save the planet

Growing pumpkins in Austin, TX
September 21, 2010, 3:04 am
Filed under: gardening

I planted pumpkin seeds on July 31st.

The vines are now starting to produce little pumpkins. These are not for Halloween, but to eat. I plan on using them as tureens to cook soup in.

Getting seeds to germinate in the heat In Austin
September 21, 2010, 3:01 am
Filed under: gardening

When you need to plant your seeds in the 95 degree heat, so you can have lettuce, kohlrabi, beets, etc in November you need to shade them. The way I have invented to do this is with old window screens.

After I plant the seeds, I put discarded window screens (the one good thing about a hail storm) over the seed bed. When I water, the  droplets are dispersed nicely and the seeds stay moist longer.

When they come up, I put bricks under the screens so the plants have room to grow. When they get taller, I put a second brick under the screens.

And when the temperatures go down to the cool mid 80’s in late September?, I can take the screens off.


Black Bean Burgers, vegan
September 13, 2010, 6:40 pm
Filed under: recipes

After finishing 6 dozen veggie burgers John brought home from a freezer in a restaurant that he demolished  this June, I craved more veggie burgers. I don’t particularly like tofu burgers, so I tried to make some bean burgers and like how these came out.

  • 2 TBSPs canola oil
  • .5 cup diced onions
  • 1.5 cups cooked and drained black beans, canned okay
  • .5 cup grated carrots
  • .5 cup bread crumbs*
  •  .25 cup corn meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin-ptional
  • 4 TBSPs vegetable broth
  1. Saute onions in 1 TBSP of the oil until carmelized.
  2. Combine beans, carrots, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, beans, onions and spices in a large bowl.
  3. Add the water and mix well with your hands, kind of smushing(sp?) together the beans with everything else
  4. Make 10 burgers, aprroximately 3 TBSPs each.
  5. Cook the burgers using the remaining oil in a cast iron frying pan on low/medium for about 5 minutes on each side.
  6. Enjoy.

* You can make bread crumbs by toasting bread and then crumbling it with your      hands.