Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This is the first year my husband has grown garlic. We received the bulbs from my sister-in-law Maggie. One of the reasons we sought to grow our own garlic, was due to the lack of flavor in some of the store bought ones. Have you noticed the bigger the garlic the less flavor it seems to have? Not only that but it tastes different.
Some interesting facts about garlic is that it is planted in the fall, and harvested in the summer.The plant fully grown has the appearance of miniature corn to me To plant take the bulb separate into cloves planting the blunt side down 1 1/2 deep, 6 inches apart.
The garlic is ready to harvest when 2/3 of the leaves turn yellow and dry up.
After harvesting let garlic sit out side until the dirt is dry.
The mud will peel off with one of the layers of paper skin.
Cut roots short from top of garlic.
- fresh basil
- zip lock baggies
- olive oil
- food processor
- paper towels
Pick fresh basil, removing stems and any discolored leaves. Rinse well under cold water removing any debris.
Pat dry with paper towels.
Add basil loosely in the processor
.Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Spread all over to cover leaves.
Measure 1 tablespoon of basil mixture per side of bag. It's very important to squeeze all the air out of bag.
Fold into thirds.
Double bag into a larger zip lock, place into the freeze for future use.
Friday, July 15, 2011
What to do when things go wrong, this rooster was so cute in every other way, except for the tail popping off during the second firing.
It's truly challenging to fix a piece of pottery that you worked so hard to make. This was the second rooster that was thrown. I thought I would go through the processes that I went through to preserve him.
My first thought was to try fashioning a tail piece made from filmo clay since I would be keeping this rooster for my own kitchen. I wasn't happy with this fix.
My next plan was to make another one out of clay. The challenge was to figure out how much shrinkage would occur. I left the sides opened and used a bisque piece of pottery to keep the clay from touching each other.