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Caprese salad

7 Aug

Of all of my vegetable plants the tomatoes seem to be the most successful so far. The basil grew quickly as was expected but now they are flowering and look scary. The jalapenos were the first veggies ready then the bell peppers (which were mislabeled sweet red bell peppers at the store) and now finally the tomatoes but they are prolific! I have three plants and they are very hardy. They survived several heavy rainstorms and now have lots and lots of fruit. Recently whole bunches have been ripening so they were picked and eaten. They’re very sweet and plump.

My favorite way to eat them is in a caprese salad. The simple flavors of all the ingredients shine in this salad. I only wish I had some fresh mozzarella. Tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil come together in this yummy dish.

caprese salad

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Some recent food pics

23 Jul

Freshly picked jalapenos and tomatoes from my vegetable pots! The insides of the tomatoes were slightly green, probably weren’t completely ready yet but they were quite sweet! Made more jalapeno poppers with the peppers but baked them this time to avoid the oil. So yum.
fresh picked veggies

Mom made bread again. One pan is plain, the other has dried pork shreds inside.
bread two pans

This one has cinnamon sugar! Each roll is rolled with cinnamon sugar inside.
bread cinnamon rolls

Chocolate beef chili. Soo good. The chocolate flavor is barely there but makes it taste so much better. I cheated and used a packaged chili flavoring mix but that’s how I usually make it. I like consistency and it’s easy. Brown a pound of ground beef, add a chopped onion, chopped jalapeno pepper, a can of red beans, a small can of tomato sauce, a packet of chili flavoring and 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder.
chocolate beef chili

Summer garden

8 Jul

Some plants I’m growing this summer in my shared driveway. Not actually a garden.. they’re all in pots.

tomatoes
Tomato! I forgot what type but they’re small ones. Not rip yet.

tomatoes

peppers
Two pepper plants. The one on the left is sweet bell pepper and the one on the right is jalapeno. My mom managed to sneak in a taro plant in the middle (that big leaf) but it’s not going to grow. Taro is a root and would need tons more soil than that. Hopefully it won’t affect my peppers though it’s probably stealing nutrients. =/

sweet bell peppers

jalepenos

peppers and basil in basin
The rest of the peppers and one tomato hidden back there. Basil on the right hand side. Smells so good. Too squished so they’re not growing well but the jalapenos are pretty big.

rosemary
Rosemary and some old scallions in the background.