Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mr Stripey, Culantro, Pensive Pinch Pot

You're probably thinking I made a typographical error with the spelling of culantro. Keep reading; I learned it's actually correct. This first photo is a Mr Stripey heirloom tomato growing in my vegetable patch. He's got a few splits from too much rainfall. I have three more I just picked. I'll have to let you know about the taste of these. They are pink striped green when they're ripe.

Now for culantro. I saw this herb at the local big box store and just had to try it. I read it's like cilantro but is much stronger flavored. Can't wait to try some of this. If the fragrance coming from the plant is any indication, it should make Cuban recipes taste even that much better.

I guess it's finally getting warm enough for the eggplant to set flowers. Some places call this plant aubergine. I love speaking the word aubergine, it just rolls off the tongue. I've got some catnip growing for the cats. They like their herbs too. It's flowering now. I've interspersed herbs among the vegetables so in winter there will be some cover to the soil and things to keep harvesting during the cold weather.

I'm also growing cubanelle peppers. These are similar in flavor to bell peppers but easier to grow I think. The other thing is they chop up quickly or you can easily eat them fresh.

I was under the weather so I didn't get to go to St. Petersberg, so I was really disappointed. Maybe some other time.

Here's a pinch pot I made several weeks ago. I purposefully folded creases into the sides. Then I saw a mouth had somehow formed. So I added the two lines for eyes with my thumbnail and enhanced the nose a bit. It's a pensive pinch pot; I love it when the clay does what it wants. I think maybe some type of oxide wash on the outside so the features aren't obliterated with glaze. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I love cilantro, I'll have to try culantro, thanks.

  2. that pinch pot is so cute. lovely post!

  3. Love the pinch pot. Could do with some of your rain, too.

  4. culantro sounds interesting. we grow and eat a lot of cilantro. be sure to tell us what you think about it.

  5. I love the inscrutable face on your pinch pot. I can just picture it sitting on a bookshelf watching!

  6. Wow, your garden is looking great and that culantro sounds good! Love that pinch pot, too!

  7. Nice tomatoe and the pot has a face, to cute.


  8. I am so ready for tomatoes! I can not wait! I think I am going to see if I can make the farmers market this Saturday.

  9. I love the face sculpture, and think you can really make it look great with stains. With a storm perhaps coming in the Gulf, I don't know whether or not I'll take the left coast or the right one maybe tomorrow I'll know if I'll get to see you. Hope so.

  10. Hi Lori, thanks, I love cilantro too and when I saw this culantro I just h had to see what it was about.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, isn't it funny how things happen with clay unexpectedly.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, I hope you get some rain, we are expecting quite a bit more this week.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I hope to use it in a recipe soon.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, yes watching and you watching it, that's the fun of it I think.

    Hi Marguerite, thanks so much, the raised beds help here in Florida due to the heavy rainfall at times.

    Hi Elna, thanks, yes the pots with faces are fun to make especially when they arrive of their own accord.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, I bet you'll find some good tomatoes there, home grown are the best for sure.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, well I hope I get to see you if not I'll understand, no telling how much rain we'll get. You could always go up to Chiefland and then cut across would be a good drive that way.


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