Posts Tagged ‘growing things’

Everybody who makes food even occasionally probably has a zucchini bread recipe.  This is mine.  Since I have several pounds of zucchini because of the rain we’ve gotten, you’ll soon be seeing my recipe for ratatouille and anything else that’s got zucchini in it, too.

source:  Zucchini Bread, Simply Recipes

lacto-ovo vegetarian, gluten +

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 c sugar  (I used sugar in the raw, turbinado sugar today.  Adds a richer flavor.)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c grated fresh zucchini (I didn’t even use half of one of mine)
  • 2/3 c melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 c dried cranberries or raisins (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Mix the grated zucchini and then the melted butter.  Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.  Add the flour, a third at a time.  Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix.  Fold in nuts and berries if using.

Divide batter between 2 buttered 5 by 9 inch loaf pans.  (Or spray whatever shape of bread pan you’re using.)  Bake for an hour (…far less if you’re using small loaf or muffin pans.)  Cool in pans for 10 minutes, turn out onto wire racks to cool.

I like the flavor of the turbinado sugar.  I’m make them muffin sized because I’m learning that when I make plain loaves they end up being slightly less convenient as on-the-go food.  Muffins can be popped into zip bags.  My zucchini bread is sweet enough that I usually eat it plain, no extra butter or anything.   

This is my skid.

He will actually eat it too, with enough butter, flour and large amounts of sugar with it.

May means lilacs!

Posted: May 6, 2011 in gardening
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Hi all.  Sorry for the hiatus.  I spent my two days off so far this week doing a full solid day of gardening (photos will follow).  I’ve got seedlings into bigger pots….herbs out onto the deck….shady plant ground cover for under the deck….and a spot cleared and waiting for a new bed that I sorta realized I “needed”.  (I love you, honey) 😀

I’ve also got four rosebushes ready to go….two into huge pots out front, two somewhere out back (climbers).  I LOVE to grow roses. 

The other day was devoted to wedding invitations.  Which I goofed up and must re-do. 

So, I’ve got two days off coming, with lots of stuff planed.  In addition to Mother’s Day with Mark’s Mom…(I’m calling mine as she lives 900 miles away….sent Edible Arrangement “flowers”), kiddo’s flag football game and a mystery 3rd anniversary date Saturday….

I’m planning on making:  Cilantro-Citrus Vinaigrette for Black Bean & Corn Salad, Fried (or more likely, Roast) Plantains, and (I’m going waaaaaaay granola here), Red Seitan for Sunday’s Peruvian Seitan and Potato Skewers.  All recipes by Terry Hope Romero.  I’m telling you this because now I’m accountable for photos of it.  😀

Roses will go in the ground, landscaping to do under the deck, two plots to dig, and Shanmon the bicycle is howling for attention.  (Oh, and those invitations….)  And blogging the photos.  There’s more than 48 hours’ worth of stuff there.  But I’ll give it a try.

At very least, I promise to post photos of the lilac bush in the front yard, which started to bloom this week.  Lilacs are my favorite flower.  Ever.  And the best part of our house is that there’s a huge old lilac bush right in front.  Love it.

Sprouts!

Posted: April 25, 2011 in gardening
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No cooking plans today, as we have enough leftover risotto to feed us for a week.  (Next time, using wine instead of vermouth…vermouth okay, but I can taste it.)

Instead, today’s post is all about the garden.  It’s been snowing on and off all week, but my plants are happy about it!  These photos are not of just dirt!  The beets have finally sprouted!  I put more seeds in, on Bex’s suggestion on Saturday, to have a couple crops.

I’ve got a carrot poking up, too, a Paris Market variety, I think.  (They’re supposed to be short and squat.  Can’t wait to see them.)  I’ve got berries goin, too.  Many of my strawberries have flowers this year, and it looks as if the raspberry plant that hasn’t given us a thing for three years might be sort of trying to grow a berry on it.  Mark gets the raspberry if it grows….the only thing he’s ever asked of the garden is raspberries.

This year, we’re having a proper spring.  A really great spring.  It’s coldish, and we’re havin frequent snow, but this is Colorado, where there’s more in April than in December.  Gorgeous snow up at the ranchhouse yesterday for Easter dinner.  We had an Easter egg hunt, ate some food, killed a couple of winebottles, played some goofy game.  The kids (Chase, cousins Liz, age 11 3/4, Colton, age 10) had so much candy on the front room floor that you had to be careful where you stepped.  Was cool to see them running around barefoot on the snowy deck.  (Will get Mark to put photos in one of our FB’s.)  Only in Colorado.   Was fun.  It’s a really, really good spring.

I don’t know if I mentioned that I’ve got a garden.  I hate to weed, but I sure do love sugar snap peas, warm in the sun and right off the plant.  Last year, we ate all but a few zucchinis and cucumbers (which we just had to give away) that we grew.  Okay, we didn’t eat much of the chard.  (I am trying to love chard.  It’s very pretty in the garden.)  And okay, and that dill plant was out of control….but we sure did eat a lot of it!

Whereas assembling food has not been a consistent thing in my life, gardening has been much more so.  The garden was a chore when I was a kid, but I was sooooo proud of my pumpkins.  Dorm life set growing things back, but in the first year out of the dorm, I grew things.  Kelly and I lived in this scheisshole in Rogers Park.  We had fantastic plans, and sprouted broccoli and beans and carrots.  We planted them in May, only to have the landlady rip them out in lieu of pansies.  Pansies.  Pansies.  My first basement apartment was full of shade-tolerant greens and this awesome fig plant.  When I lived at I25 and Iowa Avenue, I had an elaborate rose and wildflower garden on my balcony, gorgeous.

I took over Mark’s yard long before I moved in.  You’d think the yard would belong to the kiddo, but he’d rather be inside playing computer games.  When you throw him outside, he plays basketball in the driveway.  He doesn’t know this, only suspects, but that swingset is going to be my squash bed. He likes snap peas, too.  So it’s all good.

This is what’s upstairs in my sewing room, 72 seeds.  (I tried not to get carried away with the number of pepper varieties…honest.)  Outside, there are other things happening.  Yes, it snowed yesterday.  But it wasn’t a very cold snow, and I had put stuff in that can handle that sort of thing (I think).  The greens are starting to poke out of the ground.  No beets yet.  ( :O )

Raspberries put in three years ago have yet to produce a single berry, but are growing well, as are the strawberries.  And the peas are pokin up from the ground.  Carrots and potatoes got direct-seeded last week.

These are my veggies right now.  Grow little seedlings, grow!