Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Snow Peas are Growing


Snow Peas are Growing


Hopefully this warm weather gives them a burst of growth.
Can't wait to eat some fresh snow peas.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Soft Gluten Free Bread Sticks


Soft Gluten Free Bread Sticks

3 cups of 1:1 flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 package of instant rapid rise yeast
1 package of psyllium husk powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups warm water
2 large eggs
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

I cut the recipe down in half because I didn't know how they'd turn out making them the first time. I didn't have psyllium powder so I omitted it. Preheat your oven to 375 F. My yeast was dry yeast and was from 2018, but it worked. I put the yeast in a bowl with the sugar and then added the warm water. I let it sit for a bit and it got a few bubbles so I figured it was good to use. Meanwhile in a separate bowl I mixed the dry ingredients and set them aside. I beat the egg in a separate bowl and added the olive oil and then the proofed yeast mixture. I added wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stirred well. I put the batter in a baggie and cut a bottom corner off and piped the batter into strings onto a parchment lined baking sheet. As you can see some of the piping were blobs. They taste the same though and are soft compared to my other recipe for gluten free bread sticks. These are supposed to mimic Olive Garden bread sticks and indeed they do. Enjoy !

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Ichneumon Wasps

Ichneumon Wasps


There are lots of these tiny beneficial wasps on my rose leaves.
It was hard to get a photo because as soon as I got
my camera close to them they flew away.

It's amazing what you find in the garden
if you don't use any pesticides or herbicides.
Wait a minute, is that a tiny caterpillar on the rose bud?
Apparently the wasps have a host insect where they lay their eggs.
Not sure what the host insect will be for these wasps.
We shall see.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Thick Vegetable Soup


Thick Vegetable Soup

1 medium onion chopped fine
3 stalks celery chopped fine
1 bell pepper chopped fine
1 container of no salt added chicken stock
1 cup water
4 potatoes peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sherry wine
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté first three ingredients till soft then add remaining ingredients.
Simmer till potatoes are soft and flavors are melded.
 Adjust seasonings and serve.
What makes it thick? Letting it cook down.
 Enjoy !