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Where Did it Go?

Do you remember this teenage girl and the “Steroidial Extraterrestrial ” Zucchini?

Cave Men Killed With This Thing

Well, what happened to that monster? It became the World Famous “Out of this World Zucchini, Banana, Coconut, Pecan, and Sour Cream” bread! I know most of you have had Banana Bread, Zucchini Bread, Coconut Cake, and Pecan Pie. Now just envision it all mixed together into a bowl and then baked into the most delicious, moist loaf of bread you have ever tasted. Next time you have the family at home for a rare spend the night occasion, wake them all up at 8:30 am with the smell of this baking in the oven. You have never seen lazy, sleep deprived, apathetic kids jump up so fast. Are you ready? Get your pencil and paper out:

1. Grate 2 1/2 cups of fresh zucchini into a bowl

Grated Zucchini

2. Smash 3 overripe bananas into a bowl

Smashed Bananas

3. Mix zucchini, bananas, 4 beaten eggs, 3 tsp vanilla, 1  1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup sour cream all together

Wet MIxture

4.Combine dry ingredients of 3 cups AP Flour, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup toasted coconut, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking     soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Dry Mixture

5. Combine wet and dry mixtures into one bowl and mix well. Pour into 2 crisco greased and thoroughly floured loaf pans. Bake on 325 for 1 hour. Check with that toothpick you have been picking your teeth with.

In Process

6. Let cool down for about 30 minutes. Then pump your chest out and watch it slide out like a greased pig. 

P.S. Serve with 100% cold homogenized milk only. Absolutely no 1% and 2%.

You Julia Child You!

Your Loafing Friend,

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Miracles Do Occur

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my dreams of having a real Garden where I could begin the process of be coming sustainable. We talked about how it would truly take a miracle to pull this off, certainly given the condition my newly granted plot of land was in. Do you remember what it looked like?

A Miracle in Waiting

Well, a little over 2 weeks have passed and with the help of my right hand man (in this case wo-man) Judy Moon, things started to happen. First came the excavating of giant weeds and year old carrot plants, running off a few rats, and  for the first time, seeing what lay below the jungle.

“Before”

and “After”

Not bad for a couple of days, huh? Once I could actually see the dirt my excitement began to grow more and more. I could not wait to get back there and make my dream a reality. That oh so beautiful French Garden with the white picket fence. Shiny pea gravel covering the ground between the three raised beds.

So one solid day was spent simply removing the tired old soil and replacing it with brand new dirt and Cow Poop. After an entire day of about shoveling almost 20 loads of this crap, I headed home to remove the stench of cow turds. What even made it more intolerable was that I had eaten Indian food for lunch and it’s spices and aromas was somehow melding with the Cow Crap. For a moment I seriously thought that this would make a great candle scent.

For the next two days, my side kick, Judy Moon, and I hauled fencing, pea gravel, and Turkey Poop, a very special Christmas present from my Sister Sue in Waco.

“The Turkey Poop”

Prepped Soil

compost to the garden. We labored in the hot sun until we had that picket fence up. I was so sun-buned my face resembled a giant Beefsteak tomato. The next day was spent spreading out pea gravel and installing a beautiful gate. It was done (sans vegetation)! Next week it is planting time. But for now I hope you enjoy the beauty of my little miracle.

Almost Fenced

Green Thumb

Ahhh! Feels Good

Now Just Need Some Veggies

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Fruits and Veggies

"Picasso In Fruit"

“Picasso In Fruit”

I don’t know about you,  but isn’t this out of this world beautiful.
Did you ever think about going out to the BBQ with nothin’ but fruits and veggies?

Right out of the garden and grove. Tiny fingerling potatoes, with nectarines, figs, and plums. And an assortment of marinated olives for kicks. Seasoned with a little organic honey, nutmeg, and Balsamic. Shook up in a big-ass baggie and tossed onto the grill.

Turn once and roast for about 20 minutes until everything is sticky and caramelized.

Throw it on a salad, some fish, or Greek yogurt. It is so good you will become a fruititarian immediately!

Ain’t this pertty? Yum!

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