Monday, October 28, 2013

Damn that chill

Where was the transition? But a week ago I was in a T-shirt with a hoodie at the ready as the sun started to fade. Then overnight, well it was really mid-day, the temperature nosedived making me wrap a scarf around my neck, and figure out where I put the dogs’ jackets.

Fortunately, I knew exactly where I stored the thermal covering for the garden – show’s my priorities. I still have a selection of developing watermelon radishes and various lettuces that I am not willing to lose. The potted lemon verbena, ginger and curry leaf plant had already found a spot in the house in front of the big picture window that affords them a terrific view of the mountains just to the west, hopefully protected until next spring.

I cannot save everything try as I might. Still in the ground, and even putting out flowers, are peppers and green beans. All I can do at this point is take a big bag out to them and harvest. Once I was done I could not believe how many peppers were still on the branch. The preponderance still green, though fortunately most of them were poblanos, which don’t offend me when not ripened. Still, I have way more then I could get through in a week. So, halved and seeded then nestled into freezer bags to be called upon for a winter stew.  And, of course all those habernos needed to get pureed and add to the jars curing in the refrigerator.    

Jicama Salad - serves 6

1 pound jicama - peeled and sliced very fine julienne
2 pablano chilis - seeded and sliced thin
1 jalapeno – seeds removed and sliced very thin
1 small red onion - sliced very thin
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 lime - juice only
1/4 cup oregano - leaves only, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and let sit for half hour or overnight, refrigerated.


Lynna Martinez said...

Thank you for reminding me to use jicama and providing a tasty new way to prepare it! Love the bright notes of lime and fresh oregano along with the zip of cider drenched jalapeƱo!

Also, loved the wabbit story ;-) Agree, 'tastes like chicken. But then again, I thought frog legs did was only once and I was just 12 at the time so I might've just accepted my parents' opinion of what it should taste like.

Keep sharing!!

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