Gardening has sparked my already-growing desire to cook!
The reviews are in on my corn and oven-fried green tomatoes. Everyone seemed to enjoy everything- yay! Again, there wasn’t much corn as I only had four plants– but I got to share a little of it and the feedback has been encouraging. I hope I can find some more room next year to plant more of it. It was so much fun watching it grow!! And I really do love corn. Not sure if I’ll bother with the red peppers next year, and the cherry tomatoes are a definite no, but I definitely want more than one tomato plant– they were also fun to grow 🙂
My new love of cantaloupe– or rather, rekindled love of cantaloupe– has come as a result of my successful Food Challenge Test just last week. I’ve been enjoying a slice or two every morning. With my wisdom tooth out as of yesterday– I decided to try making a smoothie so I could enjoy the fresh, juicy taste sans chewing.
There’s room for improvement here, but it was fresh and tasty, and a good start!
2 1/2 slices of cantaloupe, cubed.
1 cup (low-fat) vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup (low-fat/skim) milk
1 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar.
Blend until smooth– enjoy!
[I’d suggest trying to blend with another flavor or use more cantaloupe for a more concentrated flavor. I didn’t want to add more sugar cause I was trying to keep it healthy! Suggestions also welcome!]
I’m not the type of person who would normally call herself a “foodie.” Lately, I think that’s changed. I seem– for lack of a better word– obsessed with food. I’ve been finding some amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try out. My latest desire (besides the Fried Green Tomatoes)? Homemade Italian Bread. I’m digging on the idea of warm, crusty Italian bread, sliced the long way with some slices of mozzerella and fresh Compari tomatoes. Also– homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate ice cream banana split style! And by the time you read this, I will have just completed my second “Food Challenge Test.” My love affair with food is tempered by severe food allergies– but all good things are worth fighting for, so I’m trying to get back what I can. Today’s challenge? Creative Caterpillar Vs. Cantaloupe.
I enjoy my food. I enjoy the flavors, the textures. I enjoy both preparing and eating. And, as anyone who’s been reading a bit knows, I’ve found out this summer that I enjoy growing my food.
So here is my most recent set of pictures, from this week. These are probably close to my last set of update pictures this season. That’s because the tomatoes are starting to turn color! (This by the way, I find especially rewarding as they are such a beautiful shade of orange-red. I feel inspired).
And the peppers are getting nice and big.
And the corn is super tall!
And most of it is just about ready!
And one ear of corn was all ready when I went out the other day! So I picked it and husked it (outside– in case there were bugs). There were some earwigs guarding it on the stalk, but I (wo)manned up and picked the corn! It looks so perfect and beautiful. Another ear or two looks ready– I’ll be picking it later tonight or tomorrow. And then I’m going to cook it up and enjoy! (And share a bit depending on how much I have!)