After cursing and cussing and shooing my "helpers", I managed to get the perimeter of both Duck Huts covered in chicken wire. I had spent too much time on my hands and knees, fishing out the odd duck egg. As I finished and walked away, smugly thinking I had fixed their little red wagon,
I glanced back and... I tore up one corner of the outer hut and fished out a bucketful of eggs. I was not quite fast enough.
I also rassled with my hops vine, trying to tame the beast to work its way across the pergola. It seems to be intent on taking over the deck and everything on it.
The one big job was weeding the garden. I am making headway, but no way near the finish. Of course, there IS no finish when it comes to weeding, is there? I have had to replant the basil - almost a month of rain and cold temps made my plants a sorry lot. The warmer weather has really boosted the squash, while the cukes are rather static. Bean germination was so-so. My sweetpeas did not germinate at all. Round two on beet-planting resulted in about 10 seeds germinating - they will have to be replanted. The onions, garlic and shallots are doing well. As are the potatoes, which need a second tire and filling-in. Dahlias that I planted in the front were very disappointing.
And, to top off the 90% humidity of the weekend, I had a neighbor over for dinner and used the oven most of the day. What was I thinking? I made a quiche and roasted asparagus, as well as ... you guessed it ... spoon bread!
Here is the recipe:
From Cooking Free, by Carol Fenster
2 large eggs
1 cup plain yogurt or 3/4 cup 2% milk (any kind - soy, cow, almond)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 T canola oil
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies (optional)
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup corn kernels (frozen is fine)
1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese (cow or soy)
Preheat oven to 350*. Great 9" cast iron skillet or 9" round or square non-stick pan. Beat eggs with whisk in large bowl. Add yogurt or milk, onion, oil, and chilies and mix well. in another bowl, combine cornmeal, baking powder, and garlic salt. Add to egg mixture. Stir in corn and 1/2 cup of cheddar. (She notes here that, if using soy cheese, mix the full cup into the batter.) Batter will be soft. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup (cow) cheese on top and bake 40-50 minutes until top is golden brown.
*Disclaimer : so far, as fruit-fly-focused as I am, I have a) put three eggs in; b) put 1 cup of cow milk in; c) upped the onions; d) put 3 T of oil in; e) put chopped scallions in because the tin I thought was chilies was, indeed, chipotle in adobe sauce. I also added way more cheese. In every instance, it turned out only slightly different and every bit as tasty - it's bomb-proof!
|Lovey contemplating getting|
her paws muddy. She passed.