Saturday, June 26, 2010

Random Saturday Stuff

Worked in the garden yesterday. Actually, I worked on the perimeter of the garden, Phoenix-proofing. The sun takes a heavy toll, so shade structures are a must for most plants.

This fabric will block out UV, but the birds and bugs need a more NATO type approach. Trying to avoid chemicals, but probably some netting and or natural/organic prevention. We have harvested tomatoes, zucchini, and the eggplants may be ready but they seem small. Not sure about that. Overall, the garden is doing well and we have plans for improving for next year and also for our fall planting.

Getting some burn spots on the peppers, hopefully, the shade will solve that.

Has spicy shrimp for fathers day. Mmmmm, one of my favorites. Thaw 1.5 pounds of shrimp, leave peels, legs, (and heads if possible) on the shrimp. Tons of flavor in these, through you of course throw them away at the dinner table. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbls. olive oil and a whack of butter, add in some red chile flakes (to taste) and the shrimp. When they look pink on one side, add the juice of 1/2 lemon and also just throw the squeezed lemon half in the skillet too--wtf. Turn the shrimp and get ready, they are seconds away from being done. Hold the phone!! Add about 1 Tbsp. of Old Bay seasoning (more or less depending on your taste. and you won't need salt or pepper). Stir well and serve over rice, noodles, or just with some sourdough bread. Mmmmm.

And lastly, because I couldn't resist, a return to the garden.

Sometimes, they just grow that way. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your races if you are racing!

6 comments:

gene said...

nice garden. good idea for the shade...clever! try not to cringe when slicing up that zuchini....

Luke said...

Amazing vegetables. When I lived in AZ we couldn't even grow grass.

RunningLaur said...

You're getting pretty good at this garden stuff!

Jamoosh said...

Yeah, I need me a veggie garden. Good looking zucchini - bet it tastes great!

Molly said...

That shrimp looks killer....your garden is impressive, I definitely do NOT have a green thumb.

Adam said...

I TOTALLY agree with 龍.

leave the heads on the shrimps huh? I've honestly never even seen them sold that way.

Way to rock the garden. I would have totally pestisided that up by now.