Monday, August 31, 2009
NOW THAT'S A BURGER - I missed getting burger pics the other night, but as it turns out, we had some leftover meat that needed to be eaten, so we had them for lunch today, and I remembered the pic. It would have been more impressive to cut the burger in half first, but I don't like mine that way. Trust me, it was a dark pink inside. Just had salt, pepper, and a little McCormick steak seasoning on it - delicious. For those that are thinking - no wonder he's so big with lunches like that - you're right (big smile here).
A friend provided me some seeds from a white cucumber, grown by her family for years in North Carolina for slicing and pickling - first time I’ve gotten my pickles to be crisp. I’ve had bad luck with my cuke crops lately and was down to my last few seeds so decided I needed to focus on seed production this year. I let my earliest cukes ripen so I could insure I got them before the typical plant calamity of recent years -I ended up with four. I harvested and let them sit around for a few weeks and when they were very soft, I scooped out the seeds and fermented each cuke separately for a week in a quart jar of water. I generally followed the guidelines from this site. http://www.motherearthnews.com/Ask-Our-Experts/Organic-Gardening/How-to-Save-Cucumber-Seeds.aspx. After fermenting, I washed them well and here they are ready to go to the dehydrator – still separated by cuke, along with some Anaheim chili peppers.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
We had three 11 year olds (Alex and 2 friends) here for a weekend sleepover and decided to see if we could show them there are better burgers than fast food – our grand daughter’s favorite is a McDouble without cheese (two wafer thin, cooked to oblivion, taste less patties on a bun) - yuk. So after a day of playing on the lake to the point of nearly worn out, we grilled up some nice hand pattied burgers to medium, let them dress to their liking and gulped them down - that's why I have no pics to post. After they finished, they all agreed (even Alex) that these were better than McDonalds. This is part of our plan to restore our country's youth to the wonderous world of food that is actually good and healthier (not that burgers are). I'll do better with getting pics in the future, but here's one of Alex doing a sleep over type thing.