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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Garden, Bundles, & Recipe Testing

"What are we doing today, boss?"

How about finishing up the garden spot that we
started back in April? I had found some raised garden bed plans in Sunset Magazine, showed them to Art, and said, "Think you could do something like that on the side of the house?" He didn't follow the plans, & came up with something better, "It's all up here," he says pointing to his head. You can see the pipe arch, which will hold a netting to keep out birds, squirrels, deer, & whatever else.

I love that Art didn't buy much stuff for this project. He reused some old boards that were torn-up from the deck last summer, and only had to buy the nuts & bolts. The frames are 2 boards tall, and has a wire netting underneath to deter the groundhogs.

We put down 4 of my mosaic stepping stones and framed the beds with a perennial thyme ground cover. Inside the boxes, on the right, there is a cherry tomato, basil, habanero pepper, 2 other pepper plants, & marigolds. The box on the left has a yellow squash, 3 peppers, & marigolds. (marigolds in the garden help repel pests) The pepper plants are a mystery ~ Art said the tags were mismatched in the store, so we have 5 unknown varieties of pepper plants.

Digging in the dirt works up an appetite, so I cooked up some 'Banana Oat Bundles' from Vive le Vegan! Our bananas were really big & made the batter runny, so the first group on the bottom row looks more like cookies. I added more oats and the top 2 rows look more like little bundles. Olivia kept saying, "These are yummy cookies!" She really likes helping with this recipe because she can lick the banana puree, & I can feel good about all the ingredients. This time, we added some chocolate chips, I used cardamom instead of cinnamon, and they are

Here is a recipe that I tested for Catherine. It is her healthier, veg version of Sloppy Joes ~ 'Sloppy Lentils'. I've heard lots of chatter about Sloppy Lentils, but this is my first time making it. Her "Party Of One" recipe yield was the perfect amount for us. I ate one, the girls shared the other, and I spooned up the remaining from the saucepan. It was a perfect lunch for us. I thought that I had all the ingredients when I began, but as you can see, we're missing the pretty green color. Next time. Awesome recipe, Catherine, thanks for sharing it with us!


Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

re-read your post. you had a great day. i LOVE days like that...gardening, cooking, eating, sharing with the family.

and the family dog.

"good cookie mom!" tha'ts funny...

9:09 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Love the garden, hope your peppers aren't to hot. The stepping stones are awesome, do you make your own.... Ihave seen some people sell creative stepping stones at farmers markets.

Also you mentioned about making the spanikopita... I made an easier one last night (will post it on my blod with pictures tommorrow). If you have to do something with the kale, put it in hot boiling water until cooked down. Strain out the kale, cooled in a covered dish in the frig and squeeze out excess water before using it. I would really recommend the easy version, but if I didn't catch you in time... the other way is okay too (just makes alot).

Congrats on the crockpot (and new cookbook). Are you getting seitan brave?

P.S. Love the beach babe profile pix. I just changed my pix too. I have also launched my new website... (alot of it is under construction right now)

1:10 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

go Vicki!

The dog definitely looked ready to start the day and be by your side all the way.

Those Sloppy Lentils look fantastic!! And i don't think i've met a vegetarian cookie that i didn't adore...

The garden is coming along nicely... I love that you are growing so much great stuff, good for you (in more ways than one!)...

5:45 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

What did the girls think of the Sloppy Lentils?

(What's missing? Green pepper?)

Was there enough sauce in the end?

Inquiring mind wants to know . . . !!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

Holy crap girl! You've been busy. First off, let me say that I found some hemp seed nuts. Yea! I went to my regular grocery store and I was looking around in the organic/natural/hippie food section and there they were just as plain as the nose on my face. So it wasn't really much of a quest. I think I'm going to make those muffins too. Great for a grab and go breakfast. All of the foods you posted look really good. Sounds like a successful cooking week.
I also want that VW van. When I was in high school, my boyfriend, Adam Bentley (anyone reading this who knows him or where he may be, contact me. I've lost touch with him. Last I knew, he was teaching in Manitoba) his dad was a English Lit prof at the university and he had a VW van. Of course, it was ours to drive on the weekends and that thing saw many a party. Reminds me of good times. His wasn't pink/purple though, it was white.
Your garden looks amazing. Kudos to your hubby for being so resourceful and doing a bang up job. I love the tiles. And of course, your dog is adorable!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

Hi there! :)

Would you help with the Gardening Board in vegginout? I just added it yesterday...are their any others? I can't wait to start reading your posts in there! Boy are we growing, that is for sure!!!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Your garden looks cool! Someday when we are out of a townhouse, we'll be able to plant things in the ground!

Glad to hear that Catherine's sloppy lentils are good...I'm also testing the recipe next week - just need to make it to the grocery store!


12:13 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

your garden looks great. I wish I could have one here in CA but there's no room. Some day though, I WILL have garden.

I love catherines recipes as well.. Can't wait for the cook book


PS- any leftover cookies for sharing??

11:41 AM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

what a cute pooch.

being an urban vegan, I am supremely jealous of your fab garden. ;)

4:18 PM  

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