Friday, April 6, 2012
a beautiful day, the most awesome seed-starting tray! seedlings and lunch
it's a beautiful April day - woohoo! if you notice in the pic above, our stream, Strachans Stream, is very low. our water table is also very low right now - our naturally-occurring pond is almost empty and it is normally 4ft full!!!
in the below pic, i present the first 2 Framboise Manor Flowers of 2012. take a bow, little flowers!
next up - the most awesome seed-starting tray known to man! built by jambaloney's Mom and Step-Dad and used by them for many years. they gave it to us a few years ago while we were still living in the city. the thing weighs about 3 million pounds but we shipped it here because we love it!
it lives on our plastic-wrapped porch and you guessed it - we wrapped IT in plastic, too, for the cold nights that we are still having. the other night it was about -2C outside, about 1C on the porch and 5C inside the seed starter. this baby is gonna work like a charm out on the porch!
and here it is wrapped in plastic. jambaloney stapled plastic on three sides and then made a nifty drop down plastic sheet that we then bungy cord all together.
during the past few days it has been in the high 20C's on the porch - wow - it really heats up on a sunny day. good thing we put 2 doors at each end of the porch in order to open the windows and/or the doors when necessary. it sure tricks you being out on the porch, though - you step outside and it is only 4 or 5 or 6C!!!
and here it is proudly displaying it's seedlings. i started a bunch of herbs, asparagus, celery, broccoli, lettuces, etc. in past years, i have used plastic baggies for greenhouses. but since we have moved to the Manor, we have been saving all of our salad containers or any other clear plastic containers for greenhouses. i think that they are gonna work out just jim-dandy!
and last but not least, i know that i have been lax in updating our recipe blog. i promise to get around to it soon. jambaloney and i had been working since early morning and at 10:30 decided to stop and make "leftover" salad - a salad made from whatever is left in the fridge that needs to be eaten up or else thrown away - something we try NEVER to do!
once we finished making our "leftover" salads, jambaloney said i should take a picture as our "leftover" salad looks better than most salads in a restaurant. i always like for food to look pretty and special - even if it is only liver and mashed potatoes, i will still pick some flowers for the side of the plate or make a pretty arrangement with sage leaves and blueberries - bahahahah!
the one above is jambaloney's. his has baby romaine, tomatoes, red onion, lemon chunks, sprouts, chopped hot peppers, leftover chicken, leftover vermicelli and a sprinkle of parsley.
mine has baby romaine, tomatoe, sprouts, lemon chunks, leftover vermicelli and leftover shrimp - yummeh! i make a dressing with lime juice, crushed garlic, a dollop of honey, a dollop of vinegar (with the mother), a dollop of fish sauce and a few splashes of sriracha hot chili sauce - man does that dressing have bite and near knock you off your feet. jambaloney adds crushed chilis to his portion of the dressing but that's only because he's nuts - bahahahaha!
he's outside right now building some new shelving for the kitchen - woohoo! it's a little too windy for me right now although it was wind-free all morning while we were doing our jobs and chores. i think i will check in on a few of my blogs before straining my home-made beef broth and putting into containers to freeze.
i hope that you are all having a lovely day!