Well, that seems like the fastest season ever—my grandkids came and went like a storm…a good one that drops rain just where it’s needed and leaves a rainbow on its way out… The first evening they were here, back on July 8, I helped them plant a couple rows of zinnias. We pretty much dropped the whole package in a little trench and the seedlings were up within a week. They seem to be on hold now, and I’ll thin them out soon, but I have the faith to see them as blooming reminders of our creative powers, at any age.
Out on the newly-screened front porch, we had a clear view of the bees and birds as they perched on the coneflower and daisies. It was a good time to learn how important those players are in the botany of desire—and the essential lesson that bees are not aggressive, stinging, bad guys, but rather just the opposite.
I’m headed back to school next week—Next Week!! There are a few holes in the garden that I’ll fill in with beans, peas, and spinach, but most of the work now is being done in the kitchen…tomato salads, pesto, and grilled peppers and squash…
The tomatoes are prolific right now, so I’m currently dedicated to eating them, but slicing and/or eating them like apples isn’t quite enough to keep up with the abundance.
Here’s a recipe I fixed yesterday, gone today… It’s from an old article from 8/4/00 titled, “Too Many Tomatoes? Make Salsa!”
The Mediterranean: Chopped tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives and Capers, with red wine vinaigrette.
I will be making this little gem today:
Greek Salsa: Chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, with red wine vinaigrette.
The red wine vinaigrette is simply half red wine vinegar, half canola oil (or olive if you like), garlic, oregano, basil, or other fresh-snipped herbs, pepper and mix.
Try this one, too:
Corny Bean Salsa: chopped tomatoes, corn kernels, black beans, minced Jalapeno peppers with cilantro-lime dressing.
The delicious dressing is made by mixing up a half-cup lime juice, half-cup canola oil, and mixing in granulated sugar, garlic, and chopped cilantro to taste…