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Monday, July 27, 2009

Hunting and Gathering

Or fishing and harvesting...

When we moved back to the Island Chris decided that he needed something in his life that was equivalent to my knitting, a passion, this is what he settled on...

We live a block from the ocean and he is out on his boat every chance he gets. He likes to fish, so far just catch and release. The other night he brought a rock fish home for supper.

What made this supper so special is that none of our food came from a store. With the vegetable garden growing like mad and the fish that Chris had caught we were able to feed ourselves from the fruits of our labours. This was a first for us, what a great feeling.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In the Garden

I can't help myself from taking endless photos of the garden. A new addition to our fleet of cameras is a digital SLR, a Canon Rebel because I have been very happy with my Elph. I cart the new camera around with me everywhere I go, just in case. I am driving my family crazy, snapping away at every opportunity. Here are a few shots from the garden this morning...

Cosmos are one of my favorite flowers. I have a small bud vase on my work bench that I continue to replenish, they are wonderful for cutting.

My favorite plants are succulents. These Chicks and Hens belonged to my Granny. They looked very sad when I rescued them. I have been carting them around with me through all of our moves, I even dragged them along when we were house sitting for 4 months. I like to have them near me, they make me happy.

This is a Cherokee Purple, one of the most interesting looking tomatoes in our garden. Other varieties we are growing include Sweet 100s, Roma, Sugar Snack, and our pride and joy, Campari Tomatoes grown from seed.

This is the first year I have had success growing basil. In previous years I've always bought transplants to add to my herb pot. As soon as I get them home they grow leggy and the stalks become woody, leaf production falls off and I eventually pull them out and toss them in the garbage. This year I decided to grow them from seed and the plants are very healthy. I grow basil so that I can make Boccoccini Salad which I adore and can't get enough of.

Boccoccini Salad

For a single serving...

  • Cut a small handful of Pearl Boccoccini in half and place in small bowl, dress the cheese with balsamic vinegar until coated, set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Slice a handful of your favorite slicing tomatoes into bite sized pieces. I prefer Campari tomatoes, if they are not available choose a Cherry, Strawberry, or Grape tomato for the best flavour. Add to bowl.
  • Cut 4 or 5 basil leaves into medium sized strips and add to the bowl.
  • Dress the salad with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, amount equal to the balsamic vinegar.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss and Enjoy!