We have family members who have packed up their home of 50 years and are moving cross country to smaller digs. I have been the lucky recipient of some amazing garden/library/kitchen pieces that they no longer have room for. Here’s a small sampling…
Fun, no? I’m in love with the planter, I currently have an african violet sitting in his head. And I adore the small, threaded rolling pin. Does anyone have a clue what it was used for? I believe it’s around 100 years old…
As always, thanks for reading EG!
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a ‘to do’ list??? I have a giant, continually updated garden ‘to do’ list that I keep on my iPhone. It’s entitled: GARDEN IDEAS (genius no?). I should probably have my head examined for starting it to begin with. It’s a happy day when I can cross a few items off, but generally I just keep adding. I thought I’d share it with you, feel free to laugh…
Stone Balls at Garden Entrances (this actually involves many bags of cement that are sitting in my garage – still…)
Move rhubarb outside fence (must build the garden that is lower down on the list for this to happen)
Move horseradish outside fence (ditto from above)
Earliest narcissi for woodland trail
Narcissi in the driveway pachysandra
More muscari under the right arbor
Continual bulbs in the pool garden
Add ephemerals under cherry
Add ferns and hosta under cherry and hemlock
Double French lilac
Arbor of some sort for grapes
Clematis up the hydrangea
Research, order pond liner
Bottle Brush Buckeye for tree house area
Dig Yarrow upstate
Move pieces of stone and start new bed
Order flat stone (halfway done!)
Buxus or evergreen in the pool garden
Broad Beans – Patience Grey recipe, Favas at Rareseeds.com
Root chicory, salsify, scorzonera & black radishes
Move solidago to meadow
Iron weed for meadow
Organic spray for kale & cabbages (just mixed up a batch of salt & water. we’ll see if it’s effective, then I can cross one off!)
1 Bean tower, 1 Mexican Gherkin tower
Order garden stakes (Just did it!)
Comical no? And as you can see some of it is kind of vague, but generally I remember what I meant. Sort of…
So care to share your to do list with me? Please? It would make me feel better…
I think I make roast chicken of some sort at least once a week throughout the year. This version, herbed roast chicken, is great because it utilizes an herb that I grow that is a bit unique and adds just amazing flavor – orange thyme. And I like to stuff the cavity with lemons to give it that extra citrus punch…
Herbed Roast Chicken
- 1 Roasting Chicken (I usually buy an organic bird)
- Unsalted Butter (Half stick, soft)
- Orange Thyme (I used about ten sprigs, wash and remove the leaves as best you can)
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper (Freshly ground)
- Lemons (Cut in halves or quarters)
And don’t forget to deglaze that pan!
Currently this is my favorite roast chicken…The skin is amazing and brown, the meat is perfumed with citrus and the pan drippings are just amazing. It’s all around a fabulous meal. But I’d love to hear what your current favorite chicken dishes are. I was recently introduced to beer can chicken (Thankyou Lisa!) and it is to die for! I’m trying it this weekend
So what’s everyone cooking???
Every year we make an annual pilgrimage to Maine and every year that we’ve gone we’ve talked about having an authentic clambake – you know the kind – open fire, seaweed, lobsters/clams, corn and fabulous garden salads… Well, we finally did it this year and a grand time was had by almost all…
There should be a photo of the fire here, but it was awful and you already know what that looks like right?
We had a great night. Lots of great, smoky food (and yes a wee bit of sand) and great company. If you want to try it yourself here is a site with several versions to try (beach, backyard & trash can), and here is a site where you can just order the main components and have it shipped. It’s great no matter what!
Happy summer everyone! Enjoy these last days…
A Saturday dinner party required a bouquet for the table, and with the garden brimming over with flowers, I created a quick late summer bouquet.
This is super easy to do, all you need is a watertight container and a bit of soaked oasis to plunk in the bottom.
I used echinacea, sunchoke flowers, ageratum, parsley flowers – they bolted for some odd reason, and a bit of boxwood. I kept spinning it around and filling in the empty spaces. It was wonderfully fragrant (I now understand why parsley flowers are so attractive to every little critter) and the perfect height for everyone to chat across. It was charming!
Do you find yourself overrun with garden bounty at this time of year? Are you up to your ears in onions, beans, tomatoes, squash of all kinds (giant zucchini baseball bats anyone?) and just trying to figure out what to do with some of it?
When you’ve exhausted the pickle/quick bread/jam/freezer methods, start making my Savory Summer Tarts – they’re ridiculously easy and you can put virtually anything on them which is a great way to use up those stray veggies…
Savory Summer Tarts
- 1 Puff pastry sheet (rolled out just a bit)
- Sliced garden veggies (slice them thin) (tomatoes, squash, onions etc. Whatever you have in abundance)
- 2 Tbspns Dijon mustard
- 4 oz. Goat cheese
- Black pepper (freshly ground)
|Lightly roll the pastry out and place on a baking sheet.|
|Brush the base of the pastry with the dijon mustard, leaving a small edge around the perimeter.|
|Layer your sliced veggies on the mustard.|
|Evenly sprinkle with the goat cheese and black pepper.|
|Bake at 400 degrees until puffed and golden.|
My sister-in-law introduced me to a version of this tart several years ago. I think she used swiss as her cheese… use whatever you have on hand and need to use up. And thanks to the miracle of puff pastry in the freezer – it’s amazingly fast! LOVE!
So what do you do with all your extra garden bounty? I’m going to try a chocolate chip zucchini cake with one of my baseball bat sized squash. Looks like a great recipe!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and have some time to relax and do something you love. I can’t even believe that next weekend is Labor Day. It’s gone so quicky!