Good Morning

Let’s see what we have today. A cloudy sky with a few bright spots, but I am not sure that the sun will find its way. At least it is not reaining for a change, although the garden is damp everywhere. Of course the plants are growing taller and thicker and there is an explosion of green outside. I will probably eventually need a machete to cut my way though eventually. I am surprised that the slugs have not been sighted yet, perhaps it is too cool or they do not know where to start. I have a full box of slug pellets ready to throw over the garden. I noticed ant movement yesterday and will have to buy one of the cheaper two liter bottles of mineral water, the fizzy kind, to move them away. I have found that the best solution up to now. Apparently this type of water removes the oxygen from the queen in the nest and they move on to the happy hunting grounds. It is very efficient and works well.

In the meanwhile my herb bed is thriving well and this pot of parsley is growing nicely. I like to sprinkle it over cooked veg, mainly cauliflower and it is also good in salad sauce.

The chives are also doing well. They would actually be full of their wonderful pastel mauve flowers but I cut them off as soon as they appear to keep the plant producing its nicely flavoured shoots. Another one for the salad sauce. It is really an advantage in Spring and Summer when you can just go and cut the herbs you need for cooking.

This one might be a bit lesser known. It is savouriy and the best for cooking together with green beans. It really enhances their flavour. The German name for it is “Bohnenkraut” translated in english as bean herb.

And let us not forget the sage, useful in many dishes with meat. Another one growing well in this damp Spring that we have.

Yesterday I stayed at home and baked my pizza in the evening from beginning to end. I made the pizza pastry which turned out quite well and afterwards spread it with the cooked tomato mixture. I cooked a little too much the last time, so already had a frozen portion.

I made a large square pizza and have two pieces remaining which are sitting in the fridge and will do for this evening. Sunday evening food is always the remains of the week-end. My next task will be making my own pasta, although that is still in the planning stages. Otherwise I spent some time organising a cupboard in the bed room. It is amazing what you find in the cupboard. Mr. Swiss has lost so much weight over the past year (a golden oldie symptom) and I now have two nice t-shirts which are almost new and too big for him and a few white t-shirts. I can always use t-shirts, mainly at home, as I tend to get everything covered in food remains when cooking. I have two good aprons and should use them more for protection.

And now to move on, I have a couple of projects for today, but nothing exhausting. Have a good Sunday everyone and enjoy. I leave you with my rosemary bonsai. It seems to be a special plant and is really growing like a small tree with branches packed with rosemary needles and even produces flowers every year.

8 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • The paste thing is still a dream. I am waiting for the machine so that I can order it. I once had one, not such a good one, but gave it to my son. This one has more attachments.

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  1. Good Morning!
    The herbs look happy. Chives can migrate if the flowers are left to go to seed. When I grew them in an old garden (prior to 2006) I let them bloom only to cut the young flowers off before seeding. A neighbor dried them to add to vegetable stock, which was made from various vegetable scraps that accumulated in the freezer since the previous time she made vegetable stock. The stock was mostly onion skins and roots, and ultimately got added to chicken or beef stock for soup and such. We never grew culinary sage though. It never did well there. There was plenty of other sage growing wild and in landscapes though. Rosemary is a common landscape plant, and there was quite a bit of it across the road. I suppose I should grow more herbs intentionally, rather than just taking what I find.

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