Zucchini Surprise

Attila continues to chip away at the garage project.  Last weekend he finished closing in and trimming the back exterior, and the interior back wall.  He continues to move building materials into the garage from the basement.  The push is over, now slowly but surely the garage project is progressing.

Do plants smile?  I think they might, you can see them if you watch carefully enough. We had a thunderstorm and heavy rain yesterday afternoon, the garden was glad.  The few remaining Scarlet Runner Bean plants are beginning to produce beans, we have had two meals with fresh beans.  The tomato plants are prolific.  Attila planted, at my request, mostly small tomatoes, Amish, and two varieties that are of unknown varieties.  There is one round tomato plant, Pink Girl.  The fruit is not particularly sweet, but is very tasty, and perfect for toasted tomato sandwiches.  The hot peppers are yielding quite a crop, those are for Attila, I don’t eat them.  The Pole Squash, a heritage variety we ordered online, are barely surviving, one actually died, and I anticipate no fruit from those plants.  The Blue Hubbard Squash is beginning to take over the yard, and wants to trespass on the neighbour’s yard, requiring constant diligence to set the runners back on our property.  The Zucchini, well, there is a beautiful large fruit on it, and, well, it isn’t a Zucchini, it is a pumpkin!   How did that happen, no idea, I must have mislabeled some seeds.

Today is a perfect day.  Sunny, warm but not hot, not terribly humid.  Just lovely!

I am preparing a new dish in the Instant Pot for dinner, making it up as I go along.  Ground beef (and rosemary, always rosemary with beef or red meat), cabbage, and tomato are the base of it, I’ll be adding water, rice, and a few herbs, we will see how it goes.  A sort of cabbage roll casserole.  I am writing it down as I go along, so if we like it, I can replicate it.

There are companies with a solid, reliable right hand that takes your money, who have a thousand left hands that know next to nothing about each other, or how to provide customer service.  These past few weeks I’ve been on the telephone battling it out with perfectly nice but systemically hobbled customer service people.  Every time I think I have it sorted, another unexplained charge shows up, and after much ado, I receive an apology, and the charge is removed.  No wonder people end up with ridiculously high bills, you have to watch these companies like a hawk, and be prepared to spend a LOT of time getting errors straightened out!  Cell phone service providers = misery!

Attila just arrived home for the weekend.  The weather is as perfect as one could wish for on a summer’s day.  Dinner, courtesy of the Instant Pot, is just a “press the start button” away.  All is well, in the here and now, and it does not get any better than that.

Worldly

Weather

25°C
Date: 3:00 PM EDT Friday 10 August 2018
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 25.0°C
Dew point: 11.3°C
Humidity: 42%
Wind: NNE 12 km/h
Humidex: 27
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
Henri Matisse
1869 – 1954

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10 Responses to Zucchini Surprise

  1. Teri says:

    It’s a beautiful day here, as well. Blue skies with light feathers of clouds brushstroked here and there.

    That is a surprise, planting zucchini and getting a pumpkin! Fortunately, pumpkins can be used in savory dishes, too.

  2. Teri, it is a beautiful day isn’t it!

    The pumpkin was a surprise, Attila has claimed responsibility, apparently he had saved a few seeds in his pocket and shoved them in the first envelope of seeds he found. The pumpkins will be a welcome addition to our diet!

  3. bex says:

    Maybe if you tell the neighbor he/she can have the fruits of whatever plants of yours stray over to his property, he won’t mind!

  4. Birdie says:

    I name my houseplants and named my African violet Ayana. Ayana is African meaning beautiful bloom. I know she smiled when I gave her that name. And my aloe plant likes the name Aloysius.

    Are you on any Instant Pot groups on Facebook? Apparently you can cook anythIng in that thing.

  5. Bex, a great idea! Not that kind of neighbour though. Rich guy, has a company come in to mow his acreage close to the property line, not unfriendly, but not neighbourly either. Business parties over there from time to time, the only time we see the adults. I will say, that he has never complained! But we like to keep our garden out of his yard, so that the hired help don’t have to deal with it, not their problem.

  6. Birdie, lovely names for your plants! I’ve often read that loved plants will flourish when others do not, I am sure your plants are in a happy home.

    I go into the open groups on Facebook to have a look at the recipes, and there isn’t much that can’t be done in an Instant Pot, but I will say that homemade dumplings were a complete and utter failure, giant flavoured jujubes, very chewy, we got throught them, but it was disappointing. 🙂

  7. Your dinner sounds very tasty. Enjoy your veggies and your nice weather!

  8. Thanks Joan! The fresh vegetable are so wonderful, they taste so good when they are fresh from the vine. The weather turned hot and humid again, but the mornings are nice for sitting outside, not so much for working outside, but sitting is just fine by me, lol.

  9. Birdie says:

    I made this today. It was so good. It is more of a soupy type of dish as apposed fo a typical thick rice dish. Even my husband liked it.

    Ingredients
    1 ½ can black beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 ¾ cup brown rice (I got mine from Costco)
    1 cup salsa
    1 large hand Cilantro
    3 cups vegetable broth

    Directions
    Add all ingredients to Instant Pot. Stir very well.
    Set the pressure on manual for 25 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for about 15 minutes.
    Give another stir serve. Yum!

  10. Oh my Birdie, that does sound good! And low sodium! I would need to substitute another type of bean for the black bean, my body rigorously rejects black beans.

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