Rainy days and Sundays always get me down when I can not garden!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Walnut Pesto "Pesto Di Noce"

Pesto originates from Northern Italy.  Its name is derived form pesta.  Pesto was made in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle.  (The ingredients were added to the mortar and crushed, or pounded with the pestle.)  The first recipe on pesto can be found in the book  La Cuciniera Genovese written in 1863 by Giovanni Battista Ratto.  

2 cups firmly packed basil

Traditional pesto is made with pine nuts, but walnuts are healthier.  You could also use almonds.
"Pine mouth syndrome" ( I kid you not) starts several days after eating pine nuts and can last for several weeks.  It makes eating and drinking unpleasant because of a metallic, bitter taste in the mouth.

1/2 cup nuts, chopped.

2+ cloves of garlic from the garden, minced.  (We love garlic, so I went heavy....)

1/3 cup good quality olive oil.

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

To the walnuts add olive oil, basil, garlic, salt to taste.  Once blended add the cheese and 1-2 T butter.

Prepare pasta.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Signs that your Garden Sneakers need to be replaced.....

"I like the way my own feet smell. I love to smell my sneakers when I take them off."

If there were something that I was going to endorse, it would probably be something like sneakers.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flash Flood Warning!

Flash flood- A rapid rise of water in low lying area that occurs within 2 hours, but less then 6, after a triggering event (natural or man-made).

We have lived here for about 8 years.  In that time we have been through several very bad storms and at least 2 hurricanes.  We never saw the creek rise as quickly or as far in as it did.  

(Click on the images for a better look)

"The Bend at Little Crum Creek"

Notice where the greenhouse sits.

The bench is actually back off the creek and 3+ feet higher up.

During the flash flood.

You can just see the greenhouse on the left.

We never had the creek reach the bench before.  We had to run down and move it!

The tree trunk that had fallen across the creek last week washed away.

It is amazing to watch this timid creek  become so fierce. 

Breached at several locations.

Baby ducks waiting out the storm.  (They can not fly yet).  I was worried they would get swept away. 

In areas where the creek is only several inches, with embankments of 5+ feet, you can see how the creek rose up and over.

I just planted that Japanese Maple.