Time for some “catchup” in garden reporting.
This marinade for fish was fabulous. I grated the peel from a small Meyer lemon using a microplane grater. I added the peel and juice to 1 T of olive oil, 1 tsp of Sunny Paris seasonings (mostly chives), and a heaping tsp of chopped garlic. I brushed this on one side of the fish and broiled it for 8 minutes. Simple and delicious.
The lemon was from our garden, as was the parsley in the leek and potato soup.
Our lime tree is also producing abundantly, more limes that we’ve ever had before. The little tree has become mature I think.
As I mentioned in my last post, winter in coastal southern California is a mix of fall and spring. But this year, we had other things that were odd, like summer crops that extended into December, and fall-blooming fruit trees that had already bloomed in spring.
This has been a crazy year, weather-wise. The year 2012 is going down as the hottest year EVER. Or at least since people have been keeping track. That explains the late fall fruit set on bell peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes in our garden. Normally, those summer veggies are gone by this time of year.
Those out of focus white things are plum blossoms in DECEMBER. We had more blossoms in December than we did in the spring. But the tree is losing its leaves, as is normal for this time of year. I don’t know if that plum will ripen or not, or if the tree will have enough sense or energy to bloom again in spring when it is supposed to.
This is “global weirding” at work. We live in times that have changed, with weather that is drastically different from the weather that we all know and love. What if this seasonal disconnect of winter-blooming fruit trees happens on a commercial scale? I worry about the world’s food supply, which is part of the reason why I grow at least some of my own food. Speaking of which, our five chickens are fine.
Right now, Miss Hillary is our only hen that is laying, and she is only laying 2-3 eggs per week. I froze some eggs (raw, lightly scrambled, dash of salt, two to a Baggie) in the spring when we had excess eggs. I’m using those now for baking.
We are just barely scraping by in the egg category. Vic says that we could buy eggs at the store, but I refuse. If I can make it to mid-January, we should start getting eggs from the new girls. If Miss Hillary can keep producing until then and not go into winter molt, we’ll be OK in the egg category.
Combatting bug and varmints is all part of the job of being an urban “farmer.”
And now, to finish catching you up, here is a report on our Thanksgiving dinner.
I had some of my homemade watermelon rind pickles on the relish tray, but sadly that may be all that was from my garden on this table. Note the china. Those plates belonged to my grandmother.
It was quite a spread, an amazing feast that we enjoyed for days afterward. The best part was having our son Scott, his wife Nicole, her mother Maria, and the four little grandkids here to share the occasion.
Now I am pretty much caught up on garden reporting. If I get around to processing the rest of my 1200 photos, my next few posts will be on our November trip to Salvador.
Or maybe it will be on the current repairs to our home. We are in clean-up, fix-up mode, with deck repairs happening today and bathroom changes tomorrow.
Vic hired a cleaning couple, and I’ve been scrambling like crazy to get our pigsty of a home picked up enough for them to clean. So far, they’re deep cleaned the master bedroom and master bath ceiling to floor. I’m trying to stay a step ahead of them, with a week in between for me to pick up the clutter before they arrive. I am too embarrassed to show before photos, but I might show after pictures. Depends on how long it takes me to process the rest of the Salvador pics. What a fabulous trip that was.