that green and red plant is sure bright, isn't it?
it's swiss chard, right? Love the photos.
Hi Gary, yes it is really bright, unretouched photo.Hi Judy, thanks, yes red swiss chard, some of the ones I have growing are orange too. I just love the red veins.
It looks like a good meal to me-
Love your photography, Linda. Methinks you must live on a little bit of heaven.
Hi Meredith, we just had turkey strips, broccoli, sugar snap peas and pineapple with teriyaki sauce -I kind of went all out tonight. The broccoli was so tender, I didn't even have to steam it, I just threw it in and stir fried it and it was really good - I have to hide the leftovers so we can have them tomorrow otherwise the two of us will eat it all tonight as a snack. I left the snails out though. Perhaps tomorrow we will try the red swiss chard which is good steamed with a dollup of sour cream.Hi Becky, thanks, I am so lucky, all this came at a price of hard work on both of our parts, we are trying to harvest a few veges and fruits between the rows of weeds. My back has been holding out, so far so good.
Mmmm, looks like you have all the essential ingredients for French cuisine!I wonder if snails taste like seafood?!P.
So is the chicken rushing to eat the snail or the veggies? Do you keep chickens? I did for a long time in the middle of the city. They were great for keeping the snail and slug population down. Now I just have ceramic ones.
Hi Peter, I don't think snails have any taste, isn't that why they soak them in garlic for escargot? Oh, wait a minute, seems I remember reading about people feeding them cornmeal or something a couple of days before they eat them to change the taste or something. I just found this site which has everything you would want to know about raising snails - maybe that's how I can make some money - selling snails. I apparently have the perfect habitat and sure noticed a lot of them the other day - and to think I have been stepping on them to lower the populations and other people are raising them and trying to increase their populations.http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/AFSIC_pubs/srb96-05.htm#Edible%20SpeciesHi Barbara, I was just going out to harvest some of the broccoli and saw the snails and then I saw the chicken. I didn't know chickens eat snails. The chicken belongs to our neighbor. She can come over any time she wants to eat the snails. I wonder if my cats will try to kill a chicken? I hope not.
Linda, that chicken is most definitely a lovely Rhode Island Red hen. She's still pretty small - I'm guessing less than 2 years old. She is just lovely! Only some chickens eat snails - some don't like the texture of snails or worms (go figure LOL) - so you are lucky that your visitor will take out those nasty snails for you. What beautiful pics! Julia
Hi Julia, thanks so much. She was back again this morning and I saw my neighbor, Martha and her daughter, Mattie, coming over to gather her up quickly; they said they were afraid she would eat small plants over here, I said I didn't have any small plants and she could come over any time she wanted. I think I have lots for her to eat over here since lush gardens are also lush with insects and seeds. They said she was young and fairly tame. She looked kind of cute held in Mattie's arms. Maybe I just assumed she was eating the snails because I saw her pecking around where they walk across. They have a rooster they rescued from the road and he crows VERY LOUDLY all day. Her husband has threatened to dispense with him, but apparently a guy with a ranch is coming to get him. I have some big grasshoppers, wonder if they eat them? If we weren't trying to sell, I'd get a few chickens, maybe the next place. Toodles.
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