Gardening

Peachfest Part 2: Savory

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Food, Gardening | 6 comments

Peach & Rosemary

Making Jam

Pulled Pork Panini with Peach Rosemary Jam Spread

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Peachfest Part 1: Sweet

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Food, Gardening | 20 comments

Vanilla Bean Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Well, it’s peach harvest time for my single peach tree.

Peaches From My Single Peach Tree

Peaches, Roasted with Vanilla Bean

Crushed Roasted Peaches & Final Product

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Peas, Not Quite Ready for Picking

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Food, Gardening | 4 comments

Early Peas from the Garden

This is the first year I have grown peas in my vegetable garden. Picked a couple of pods to check their readiness for picking. Earthy and flavorful, but lacking substance. I think they need a little more time. I think I need to pay attention to the information on the seed packets and a calendar. Days to maturity are pretty accurate if you water and feed regularly.

But let me back up a little bit. I have been vegetable gardening for a few years now. A few years ago, I started a calendar that annually marks first and last frosts, and records first blooms of some of my trees and shrubs in the spring, but since I am somewhat a novice at gardening, like anything else in life, you need to be aware of the beginning and end of a cycle. Experienced gardeners are already there. Experience is the key, and you can’t gain experience if you don’t pursue the failures and successes of multiple attempts at gardening (or life if you have already picked up that metaphor). My previous attempts at gardening have been pretty random, but now that I am pursuing some sort of order (or logic) to the mix, what once seemed complex, is seemingly very simple. Mind you now, it’s still a work in progress, but planting for next year, with lessons learned from this year, guided by mistakes from the previous years, will yield simplicity (and food), finding a place in my soul where I can enjoy gardening, rather than worrying about the complexity of gardening.

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First Harvest from the Garden

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Food, Gardening, Slideshow | 4 comments

Radishes from the Garden

Pink, purple, red and white radishes.

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Green Theme

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Food, Gardening, Slideshow | 16 comments

Recently, I was cooking and noticed that all of my flavor, or condiment ingredients were of the color green. Visually, I thought, “Oh, what a lovely composition of green hues!” I started taking some photos, rearranging the objects, not really happy with the results. It was just green! I thought that this wonderfully monochromatic ensemble of herbs and citrus was just going to be peachy keen.

Well, that’s where ‘peachy keen’ comes in [I know, I’m dating myself], but recently, I was listening to a color expert who was speaking about interior environments, and the one concept that I took away from this lecture was the need importance of color contrast. Somewhere in the room environment, there needs to be an accent of the contrasting color (directly opposite on the color wheel) to direct the eye to a focal point. I needed something in the red (or peachy) family. Well, I was in the middle of making dinner, so I didn’t have enough time to create a new ‘set’ [which there will be another blog post about cooking to eat and cooking to photograph], but I changed my angle to include a little bit of red in the tablecloth.

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Mac & Cheese Dinner

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Food, Gardening, Slideshow | 9 comments

 

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