Sunday, May 24, 2009


This is a slight variation of a recipe from Emeril Lagasse, part of his Grilled Fish Tacos with a Roasted Chile and Avocado Salsa recipe. What he calls Roasted Chile and Avocado Salsa" - I call Guacasalsa, a sort of combined guacamole/salsa. It is quite delicious and worthy to stand on its own.

* 1 Hass avocado, flesh removed from peel
* 2 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
* 1 jalapeno, roasted, peeled and seeded
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
* 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
* 1 lime, juiced
* 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* 3 Tbl water

Stick everything in a blender and puree until smooth

Monday, May 11, 2009

Garden update

I haven't been very active in my blogging lately; so, I thought I'd give an update on the garden. Above is a picture I took on Saturday. In the lower right corner is where I planted popcorn and am waiting for it to 'pop' up [pun intended]

In the left hand picture below, I have melons (left) and squash (right) growing. The picture on the right hand shows just a few of the 12 tomato plants growing. Can also see the pole beans growing along the fence.

I still have a fair amount of work needed to complete it. For one thing, I don't have the drip irrigation system functional yet. Fortunately we've been getting a lot of rain; so, watering hasn't been an issue. Unfortunately, we've been getting a lot of rain which is hampering my efforts because the ground is too soggy to dig to lay more sprinkler pipe.

The rain has also caused weird fungi to grow in the mulch I laid down around the raised garden beds.

We've been eating salads with the lettuce in the garden; although, the lettuce is starting to look like it might be finished soon. I also used some basil from the herb garden. The other herbs are big enough yet to start cutting from.

I'm taking advantage of my current unemployment situation and try to work out in the garden a couple of hours each day.