HA, figured some of this shit out

So I tried to use the little plastic stick things that you write on for what is in your garden, I failed…..I moved my plantings but forgot what sticks when where.

So I got some larger, cardboard starter cups and WROTE on the outside with Marker…HA. Hopefully it works this time.

I have also been prepping my soil, been adding egg shells, coffee and tea, hope this works since my soil is aweful!

KM – odds n ends

So I look in the fridge, 1/2 a cucumber…wait for it…. From MY Garden! Woo Hoo! Some whipped cream cheese, pita bread. On counter, over ripe avocado..what to do?

I open the avocado and keep the good parts them add garlic powder and lemon, I don’t like onions or cilantro, so we will call it an avocado spread.

I then put the pita in a pan and heat up, as it is heating up I cut some cucumber super super thin (you can see where this is going right?).

Once the pita is warm I spread cream cheese on one side, avocado spread on the other, stuff with cucumber slices and put back on pan to crisp up on sides.

Pretty tasty pita sandwich/taco!

KM – with leftovers

So we had a few dinners and I had some left overs, cubed butternut squash black beans, fish, lettuce, rice, corn.

So for the first dish I chopped up the butternut sqaush and put in in the pan with the black beans and corn, it came out yummy, I had that as a base and but the fish on top for a bowl…good eats!

Then I had some of the bean, corn, squach mixture left over, so I put it in my corn muffin mix and booyah! Great muffins to go with soups, stews and chili.

I had a left over pita so I cut it up in to 4ths, seasoned it with chimichuri, then bbq it til firm, and filled it up with the fish and lettuce…..oy boi… on a roll.

The whole dishes were much better then their individual ingrediants.

Note to self…Bush beans are not greenbeans!

So I guess I should really read the packages a little closer when I plant seeds…eh…..I though they were greenbeans, but they didn’t taste good, so when I pulled off a pod that look dead and opened it up, whaaaat, there was beans in it, so I looked it up on internet, sigh ….

These are beans I need to leave until the plants look dead, then take them off and shuck them. Why does everything take so LONG …..aauugghh.

On the upside, I finally have cucumbers! HA, took a while but I pulled off one the other day and have one more left.

Oh and I looked up Okra, had to move it from my netted planted since it is gonna grow like 6 feet…uuuugggghhhhh. Who knew farming was this complicated.

Imperfect food is Perfecto!

Seriously people, I love this site. I decided to try, perfect the Covid, because I could not get some of the squashes I like. So far I have gotten at least 6 boxes. It has been very useful during the shutdown.

They sell food that would otherwise be wasted because it isn’t “pretty” enough, or the labeling is wrong, or they changed the logo, or because of covid there was no businesses to sell to. Not only is it good, it is usually less expensive and better quality then the grocery store.

There is no commitment on how much you have to buy, and shipping is a standard rate of 4.99. They have Fruit, Meat, Veggies, Dairy. I have yet to figure out why some of it is “imperfect”. They do give you descriptions of what you get. The only meh I had was on some radishes that were very bitey. They were good, just no kick.

I have recieved fruits and veggies, plus eggs, bacon, steak, got chocolate and cheese coming in the next one. They have a deal, see below, would love it you used my code.

“Hey, check out Imperfect! They have amazing groceries & deliver to your door. Here’s $10 to shop and create your imperfect box. You can thank me later :)”

http://imprfct.us/v/deborah_2344

Left Overs KM Style sweet and savory

Think outside the flavor box!

I want carrot cake, I don’t want carrot cake calories…..so  I take the carrots that would go bad if not used, and cook them on stove in water, cinnamon and vanilla!  Then  I blend them up, add raisens and cook them in oatmeal, leave overnight and it is like Carrot Cake only lot less calories!

We had Persian food, with SO much leftovers.  Next time we will order two meals and 2 extra kabobs, that will feed all 4 of us, with leftovers still!

We had regular rice , a rice “cake” seriously, it looked like a cake size and height wise, but was rice with yogurt and egg, and sweet rice with fruit and spices left over, plus a tomato cucumber onion salad, and some chicken,

First off, no one will eat the salad, however, I did scrape the tomatoes off into my eggs and beans the next morning.

I combined the regular and rice cake together as they were kind of the same flavor profile.  I added this mix to my lemon Chicken soup and it was very good!

Also used this mix with hummus, chicken, peas (from my garden!) and broth for a “paella” type meal.

The sweet rice, what to do you ask?  How about rice pudding!  Yep, remember that old favorite, snazzed it right up, just added some milk and cooked on the stove!

I had a bag of root veggies leftovers, so I added them to a pan, added usual, water, vanilla, cinnamon, plus some ginger and allspice and made them with my muffin mix but used a loaf pan for a sweet muffin bread!

Who says veggies can’t be great for desert!

Boy is my garden growing…

know if I could figure out what I planted…sigh….I tried doing the signy things, but then I forgot when I moved them outdoors….I did figure out one was a beet and not peppers, have decided not to plant any more as they take up a lot of space for a little return!

I know and recognize the corn, peas, carrots, garlic and tomatoes, but I also planted squash, zuchhini and cucumbers and I have not idea which is which….so it will be a mystery until they start growing the actual veggies.  I think I also planted onions, peppers and radishes, I will keep you posted on what I get.

It will be a surprise for all of us!

Get the most out of your BBQ

so we have a Treager, we love it, what I do, is when the main meal/meat is done, and my veggies are almost done, I will do the “shut off” mode, it will continue to be hot for a while, and this way it continues to cook without using more pellets and electricity.

I also multi-task my cooking, so I started with a squash, then went out later and added my tomatoes.  Then they were all done at same time.

No muss, no fuss, and very few items to clean!

doggie bag kitchen mashups

Restaurant doggie bags can be people mashups:)

We went to our Greek restaurant and had lemon potatoes, hummus and pita bread left over.

I BBQ’d the other night and had corn on the cob and a yam, yep a yam, I also bought a sweet potato, haven’t cooked it yet.  Wanted to see what the difference was between them.  A yam is a sweeter version of a potato but not as sweet as a sweet potato, so far, that is what i have learned.  The reason for this seeming diversion will be clear in a few moments.

We went to a Persian restaurant and had hummus, rice pilaf, fava bean type hummus, cheese things, and pita bread left over.

Kitchen Mashup 1 – cut corn off cob, heated it with the rice pilaf, heated up a few lemon potatoes, had some hummus and bread, and a salad.

Kitchen mashup 2 – at the cheese things for a snack 🙂

Kitchen mashup 3 – if you don’t know what to do with some things, throw them in  pot and make soup …..so, fava bean hummus stuff, 1/2 left over yam, corn off the cob (last one from bbq,  lemon potatoes, veggie broth and water….

and I still have more leftovers…… gonna get quite a few meals, nice way to stretch your food budget

 

Kitchen Mash-up Apple Butter

how can that be a mash-up you ask….you will see….

Hmmm, some apples and pears that are going to go bad, oh whatever can I do?

Let’s cut them up (peel and all) and put them in a pan with some butter,

Oh Look!  I found a packet of spices for Mulled Cider.(which I won’t use) ..lets steep that in some water then add it to the fruit in the pan….

lets add some butter, cinnamon and vanilla….let it simmer for a while then cool

put in in the blender and BOYAH….apple butter, the pear was put in for pectin so no sugar was added, all natural baby!

That is how you don’t throw away…waste food…and the blender will chop of the peels and since the peels have lots of vitamins it is better for you!