Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the Beautiful Bounty

Kiyo's Kurly Kale patch
Don't you just want to dive in there and roll around in there naked with a fork in hand!? Ok well maybe I don't either thinking about all the little critters hiding in the shadows, but it would be a funny image at the very least!

#3's clan also shares their beautiful fresh chicken eggs with us, they're definitely more fresh & tasty than any store bought egg ever! And in every carton little A packs in at least 2 pretty green-blue gems!

Their Americana's lay the green-blue eggs! 
(3rd one back from the front)

We have enjoyed much of their labors this summer and feel so lucky they can spare enough to share with us. I just wanted to say thanks to my #3 !

My front garden boxes were thrown in the ground at the last possible minute this year, we shoved in some starts & seeds and crossed our fingers, the soil has turned out to be more sand than soil and not so good for the plants, they are small and kinda tough and dry. Ha, I really should've listened closer to #3 and mixed the compost in correctly instead of also not putting it where she told me to, oopsy! :)  But! If I didn't make mistakes then I wouldn't be learning such cool lessons, so we will get new organic compost, do it correctly and start fresh for next year! So above are what my tiny urban boxes looked like this year. I also would love a long big box for flowers, hmmm.... wonder what to try next year!?
my container gardening
(shiso & elephant garlic)
first 4 harvested and they're beautiful!
(#3, I will put some aside so you can plant or eat them)

 "Love you!"

Sunday, August 5, 2012

vegan fish sticks... FAIL :(

pretty but not so tasty :(

Ok so its all my own fault it didn't taste great as I did not follow Jolinda Hackett's  recipe very closely (to say the least) and I make a yucky-yuck. And really, it wasn't horrrrible, just not crispy or chewy savory or what I wanted. Maybe I could've baked it longer.....? or maybe it was the lemon pepper.... or (blush) maybe me using almond milk instead of soy milk, or, the fake lemon juice I wanted to use up instead of being to lazy to get one out and squeeze it, or maybe its the bagel chips I subbed for breadcrumbs!? or maybe its because I didn't follow the darn directions at all!? me so bad...

I feel there is alot of potential here, but I am going to have to ask my Sissies for help on this one! Sissie #1 made this fantastic mock eel? the other day, wow. wow. WOW!...... I mean it was so fantastic that you just wanted to sit and eat the whole batch in one sitting. The texture was perfect almost like a fried clam but obviously not as chewy, and the flavor was slightly sweet and salty. One downside is I think she fried them in oil, hee hee, which of course made them sinfully good. I will check with her and see if she can share her recipe with us!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

vegan coconut curry

 delish, fast & easy!


thursday 8.02.12
This was really easy, even I could manage this one! Instead of chicken, I subbed canned wheat glutens (mock abalone) and they do not whatsoever taste like abalone, just delicious little tender textures!? I also did not add any sugar as the glutens are a tiny bit sweetend already. oh, I also used fresh thai basil and shiso, the shiso was really good in it! The thai basil is from a tiny sprig of it I had taken home from a restaurant from fathers day, and stuck it in a glass of water, it rooted so I planted it outside and this was the first pickings from the plant :)
easy recipe found from here !

organic brown jasmine rice
glutens (chick sub)
stewed dice toms
red bell
coconut milk
curry powder
fathers day thai basil
(I didn't use tomato paste, mushrooms or chicken)