Paella on the Patio

64277_10152819152542455_6016745545764359741_n[2]This happened last night.

One of our favorite summer patio dinners – Paella.  It was gorgeous, and delicious, served with Tempranillo and a salad and the warmth of a summer evening.

Fresh seafood, rich broth, perfectly cooked rice, we all had seconds.  Goodness all around.



June: great weather and early food

strawberriesIt is June 10th and it feels like August 10th.  The sun is shining, the temperatures are crossing 80 on a regular basis, it is almost too warm to sleep at night and I love every second of it.  For once, the solstice just may be warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the long evening without blankets.  I am hoping this means we will not have to leave for the 4th of July to avoid rain.

In the garden it means things are well ahead of schedule.  It could mean a bumper crop if this weather continues!  We are already to the point that our garden is our own private farmers market.  What we eat is becoming more and more based on what is ready, what we picked and how it all fits together.

  • Tomato plants are bursting with fruit!  Will I beat my previous earliest harvest date of June 30th?
  • I pulled a bin of potatoes, my first and they were delicious
  • We are eating huge salads full of mixed lettuces (last years obsession) every day
  • The beans are sprouted and growing
  • The cukes and squash are well on their way
  • The strawberries are producing more than we can eat in a day but we eat them anyway

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Every year I try something new and this year I am attempting eggplant.  Eggplant doesn’t grow well here yet I found a variety that is said to do well in poor soil and growing conditions.  We have a lack of heat and sun that this night shade needs but given I love eggplant and I love a garden challenge I thought I’d give it a try.  Well, I took care of the soil conditions and I am hopeful that with better-than-average-heat-and-sun so far there is a shot at a few eggplant per plant.  To experiment I have 2 plants each in my hot spot, my raised beds and in the cold frame… time will tell where they do best.  Stay tuned for eggplant updates…