Thursday, July 28, 2016

Crunchy Baked Okra

Oops, looks like someone already ate some okra. Ha. I know I posted crunchy baked okra last year but in case any new readers missed it I decided to post again. Okra is plentiful in the South. I love fried okra but not all that grease. So I decided to make baked okra. When shopping for okra get the tiny okra as they are very tender and less pithy and tough. I cut the stems off but I notice pickled okra keep their stems and they are edible, maybe I'll leave them on next time.

I beat one egg and dip the okra in the egg and then I toss the okra in gluten free bread crumbs. Put a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Line the dish with the coated okra pieces and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or less. Eat them plain or serve with a dipping sauce like spicy peanut sauce or catsup mixed with horseradish. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Petri Dishes, Oxide Mixing Dishes

It doesn't hurt to frequent a thrift store now and then. Why? Because look what I found today! I purchased some low volume glass petri dishes perfect for mixing oxides and stains to decorate pottery. Mix up an oxide of your choise, then add frit and water. Dip your brush in and paint your pottery designs on bisque or greenware.

I purchased four glass petri dishes for 50 cents each. These are perfect for mixing oxides, frit and water for colorants on greenware or bisque. After you mix up a batch, if you don't use all of the mix, just let them dry out. Label them with a piece of tape. Later spritz them with a bit of water to use them again. Many colorants like cobalt are very expensive so you don't want to waste even the smallest amount. This method helps save every last bit of expensive colorants. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Asiatic Lily

At the beginning of summer we noticed a sale on bulbs, we got some asiatic lilies and some gladiola. Today we noticed the first bloom on this lily. The lily plants are really short since we planted them late. I suspect next year they will make up for their lowly stature. But this bloom is full size even if there is only one. If you use Asiatic lilies in floral arrangements be careful of the pollen it stains fabric and is hard to remove. Most florists remove those parts from the lily before using them in arrangements.

Since Gary planted these he is claiming these as his flowers. The gladiola have lots of green but no blooms so far. They are planted in the area I take care of. But I am sure when they bloom Gary will claim them his success as well since he planted them. Ha. We shall see. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cream of Asparagus Soup

At last week's farmer's market the farmers next to us had some leftover asparagus and sold us two bunches for two dollars. I decided to make cream of asparagus soup.

Break up the two bunches of asparagus into one inch pieces, discarding the tough ends. Saute half an onion and two garlic cloves in butter, add the asparagus pieces and three cups of water. Add salt, pepper, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and fresh Spanish tarragon. Bring to a boil and cook on medium about fifteen minutes. Let cool and puree in a blender. Pour back into sauce pan and add one tablespoon of sour cream and half a cup of heavy cream. Heat on medium and when warm add 1/8 cup of sherry and one tablespoon of butter. Serve warm with a garnish of your choice on top. I used some fresh tomatoes and flowers from the Spanish tarragon.

All studio items previously listed for sale are sold except the canopy. Someone is coming for the canopy this weekend. Thanks to all my clay friends for their generosity.