Thursday, February 24, 2011
Snow, snow, snow! All you can do is plan for the spring ahead. I'm currently working on a Commercial Design in The Dalles, and some changes for the Cathedral Ridge Winery. I have to have patience and use my imagination. I'm also bidding on the Water Front Park..... along with 3 other landscapers...... I think I'll stop by Good News Gardening, and buy some seeds to start in my small greenhouse. Lets see...... hmmmm...... Lettuce, Spinach & Thai Basil, and some regular Basil. I chose Thai Basil because it's suppose to germinate & grow fast. Happy Snow Shoveling. I think I'll look at my pictures of La Ventana.
Posted by gardengates at 9:07 AM
Monday, February 21, 2011
I'm back in Hood River, and excited that spring is getting closer everday. Days are getting longer. I wandered around my garden. The Snowdrops are blooming. That's certainly hopeful. In my vegetable garden I have cilantro..... That wonder herb. Luckily the Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Mexicans use it in their cooking. I try to make it stretch by making an easy salsa that I can put in all those cuisines. Heat a metal pan, add garlic to taste, add chiles of choice dried or fresh, (I use whatever I have still from summer), and dried tomatoes from summer (this is optional) and roast them 'til soft. You can add oil but I never do. Put these in a blender, add a little water & blend. At the end add a little cilantro. I store in a small jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, but you know it goes fast. I like to make it really spicy so I can punch any dish if I want to. I learned this from a Mexican, and make it often. Once you start using it you will add it to everything...... even Italian cooking if you take the cilantro out. Yum!!
Posted by gardengates at 10:36 AM