The Garden Delivers
It's true! We've been using the herbs for awhile,
but yesterday I did a mini-harvest out back and supplemented a little last-minute bbq we threw. The grilled potato slices are going over like mad; it's becoming our staple bbq dish, that's for sure. A few minutes in the microwave, slathered in olive oil, fresh dill, fresh chives, and salt, and a few minutes on the grill so they're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Tasty.
Yesterday brought, however, the blow-me-away dish that I'm sure to start making every weekend and bringing in a giant tupperware bowl anytime I'm invited anywhere: fresh pico de gallo. Tomatoes and jalapenos from the yard, sufficiently diced and added to a variety of other ingredients yielded some of the tastiest - and HOT - pico de gallo I've had in a long time. Even Christopher liked it, and he hates tomatoes. We used it as an app with tortilla chips and then put it on our burgers for a little southwest edge. I should've bought an avocado.
I learned an important lesson during yesterday's grilling session: For the love of all that is holy, USE GLOVES when slicing jalapenos. I wondered if this would be an issue and consulted my roommates, who waffled long enough for me to consider myself Enough Of A Man to handle a few jalapenos bare-handed. I sliced off the stem and took a whiff, just to see if it burned my nostril hairs off, but actually they smelled just like green bell peppers. I was, in fact, concerned they wouldn't be hot enough in the dish.
I sliced and diced away, feeling no pain, until about a half an hour later. Suddenly it felt like someone was shoving lit matches underneath my fingernails - and it stayed that way until about 10am this morning. Ugh. I even put my hand in a glass of milk last night, which felt nice while I was doing it, but didn't put out the fire. Also, the pico de gallo was definitely spicy enough, though it was hit or miss because I'm not sure they were diced small enough. Time to buy a Cuisinart.
More garden pictures? Sure.
The storms completely stomped the marigolds and snapdragons, but a few are holding strong:
The begonias, on the other hand, ate it up:
The tomato plants are looking less healthy, but still producing:
Jalapenos coming out my ears:
The first green peppers should be arriving soon: