Month: August 2015

Sungold and Sweet Million Tomatoes

The Sungold and Sweet Million tomatoes are done for the season.  Lord am I going to miss these little gems.

75% Whole Wheat Bread

Made with my 2 year old, yet-to-be-named levain. The whole wheat flour is from Bluebird Grain Farms.

Garden Betty’s Ruby Kraut

Garden Betty’s Ruby Kraut

Found this lovely, 4 pound cabbage at the farmers market and was inspired to again try my hand at sauerkraut.  Using this Garden Betty recipe as a guide, here’s what I did:

  • Used our lovely and somewhat impractical old mandolin to shred 1.70 kilograms of cabbage.
  • Added 160 grams of carrot
  • To that, 27 grams of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of peppercorns
  • 3 small bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of celery seeds
Massage the salt into the cabbage and other ingredients, and let sit for a couple of hours to draw out the water, giving it the occasional turn and massage all the while.
Stuffed it all into my lovely fermenting crock from In Ferment and waited 14 days.  
Voilà, sauerkraut!  But, I’ve no idea how Garden Betty can maintain the bright color of those carrots after a long fermentation.  Mine was truly ruby kraut throughout.

Pasta with Flowers

Whole wheat pasta with squash, borage and nasturtiums from the garden.  Plenty of olive oil, brown butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmigiano reggiano, not from the garden.  😉

Garden’s Bounty

The squash has been prolific, the tomatoes are thriving in the hot weather, and we are the beneficiaries of our own hard work.

Fingerling Potatoes Harvest

A portion of the 5.2 pound (recent) harvest of Russian Banana fingerling potatoes from our garden. Boil, add butter and salt, and enjoy.  It really is that simple.  


The sunflowers are in their prime.  What is lovelier than seeing these magnificent plants, which had their start from a tiny unremarkable looking seed? That’s our hop on the vine to the right of the sunflowers.  Brown leaves, stunted growth.  ¿Qué pasó?

Mexican Soul Food

Mexican Soul Food

Calabacitas (with Hatch chile), frijoles y tortillas.  Soul food for raza.