Taco – Vodka – Kale Day

 

 

Today there are 3 items to celebrate: Tacos, Vodka & Kale. We do love our cheese taco shells. These are very tasty and you can put any of your favorite ingredients like catfish nuggets with tartar sauce.

 

 

 

 

Vodka is one of those alcohols that can be mixed with just about anything. Click this link for Lemon Mint Cocktail recipe.

 

 

 

We have been growing kale in our aquaponics garden. We like kale in salads or sauteed with onions or bacon. I have also tried making kale chips in a skillet with oil. That was dangerous with the spattering grease – ouch! The safest way to make kale chips is to bake them in the oven.

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Happy Labor Day

Most of us believe the Labor Day is just a celebration for all of us that work every day. However, it started out in a violent manner involving a  labor union. Check out the history of Labor Day. Today also signifies the end of summer and for many the beginning of the school year. Does anyone remember when you weren’t supposed to wear white (especially white shoes) after Labor Day? I don’t believe that is true anymore.

How do you celebrate Labor Day? We will be having Jalapeno & Cheddar Dogs, Smoked Sausage and Lit’l Smokies with bbq sauce. For sides we will have homemade french fries or chips and a cucumber & tomato salad from the garden. If I get real ambitious, maybe I’ll make some homemade ice cream.  Yummy!! Mouth is watering – can’t wait!

Garden

Yesterday I shared a picture of a large zucchini from our garden. It is that time of year when you are eating fresh vegetables. They seem to taste better when you get them fresh from the garden. Here is a picture of a large zucchini, some Early Girl tomatoes and a few tomatillos. The tomatillos are volunteers. We did not plant any the last couple of years but they keep coming up in the summer.

National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Just started my new driving job today.  The ideal job – work 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, then have 5 days off. Money is good and it is driving locally. This means my weekend posts will be done late in the day or maybe even skipped if I don’t get home in time.

Since today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, I thought I would share this picture of a zucchini from our garden.  Bigger than a steak knife and tastes delicious.

Jamaican Chicken and Swiss Chard

We have a lot of Swiss chard in our garden. When I saw this recipe in Shape magazine, I cooked it up.  The heat from the jalapeno was just enough to give the chicken a little kick. Very tasty.

2 ½ lbs. Bone-in chicken pieces
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 scallions, roughly chopped
½ jalapeno, seeded
2 tsp. Ground allspice
3 garlic cloves, peeled
6 Tbsp. Water
1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. Fresh thyme
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 red potatoes
2 large carrots
1 bunch Swiss chard, cut into 1” strips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prep a cookie sheet with foil or parchment and place chicken in the center of the pan. Season with salt & pepper.

In a blender, process the scallions, jalapeno, pepper, allspice, garlic, water, 1 tablespoon thyme, and ¼ teaspoon salt into a smooth paste, adding some olive oil or additional water if needed.

Coat chicken with the marinade, placing some between the meat and skin if possible, and set pan aside. Cut potatoes into 1 1/2” cubes and carrots into 1 1/2” pieces and place around the chicken. Drizzle vegetables with 1 tablespoon olive oil, sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons thyme and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Top pan with thyme sprigs.

Transfer pan to the oven. Toss chard with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. After 35 minutes, add chard to the baking sheet on top of the carrots and potatoes. Continue cooking until chicken skin and chard are crisp and the other vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes more.

 

Butter Lettuce

Earlier this week I shared some pictures of our aquaponic gardens.  We put the roots of a live butter lettuce in the water hoping it would grow.  Voila!  Yesterday it had 2 little sprouts.  That means we will have butter lettuce and watercress as well as the romaine, Swiss chard and kale.  Salads and more salads in our future.

Aquaponic Garden Plants

Last year I introduced you to our aquaponics garden.  We had to remove the watercress because it took over the garden.  Just this week we finally removed an overgrown Swiss chard plant.

 

We purchased some watercress and butter lettuce at the store this week and planted them in our large new pool.  The hope is that the watercress will cover the pool, reduce the algae and provide food for us as well as the fish.

 

 

 

 

Hoping this year to have some great vegetables growing. Have you started your garden yet?  What are you growing?