we call those kinds of days "down days". meaning we down tools, don't stress, do lots of hottubbing, stuff around the house and prepare ourselves for the next onslaught of bugs as now the mosquitoes are out, too!
there's still lots of walks around the property looking at beautiful things growing. like this self-planted tiny rose bush.
there's nothing more beautiful than potatoe flowers!
except my hot and sour soup made with bone broth, home-canned tomatoe juice, mint, coriander and lemon balm from the garden, shrimp, garlic, ginger, coconut nut milk, mushrooms, chives - and the piece de resistance? rose petals from our big rose bush!!!
jambaloney has been on a chicken thigh kick - he pretty much wants chicken thighs every day. i season them and then he bbq's them and we make 3 sauces out of goat yoghurt - one with chives, garlic and dill, one with cumin, cayenne, turmeric and garlic, and one made with mixing my homemade hotsauce with the yogurt and adding fresh chopped coriander - yummeh! you can use these dips as salad dressings or spreads on sandwiches or for veggies.
this was served with deliciously-butter-browned scallops and a quinoa salad with olives and tons of parsley.
the year old carrots that we saved from last year and replanted this year are gone to flower and soon will be seed.
that means never buying carrot seeds again - woohoo!
how about our first 2, tiny baby tomatoes - that's another woohoo!
our "test" amaranth growing in pots is also going to seed. you can eat amaranth flowers, seeds and leaves. so next year, we will dedicate a whole bed to amaranth. the seeds can be ground into flour and since wheat doesn't do so well here - amaranth it is for a grid-down sustainable food.
these volunteer tomatoes pop up every year from our compost. jambaloney transplants every one he finds.
which means we have 20 additional tomatoe plants that will be harvestable at end of september by keeping them in the greenhouse.
here's a bunch of hungarian hot wax peppers - lots of pickled hot peppers and hot sauce for jambaloney this year!
the garlic is as tall as the bed cover it is in!
the stalks are huge and they are finally developing scapes.
soon we'll have scapes fried in butter and garlic and i'll be able to eat them because i get my teeth on july 19 - OMG - i can't wait!
and our slanty little apple tree is putting out apples - woohoo!
last night's supper was delicious bulgogi, jambaloney's famous sticky rice, some sauteed spinach in butter and half a mango - it was a lovely meal!
jambaloney is working on his contract and may be going in to work tomorrow. i've got plans for a dinner of baked potatoes with goat feta and chives with a carrot/turnip mash with butter and mint. should be tasty!
sending love to you all!