My garden is right at what I call the “transition period” this time of the year: we are ending the winter garden, some of the spring vegetables are not quite ready yet for picking and we have yet to start our summer garden planting. The winter vegetables that are still around in my garden are broccoli rape, cavolo broccolo (also known as spigariello), cavolo nero (Italian kale) escarole and chicory.Read More
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Thank goodness things have calmed down from the book tour. Now I can continue sharing recipes and telling you about the garden. But I would also like to hear from you about what you'd like for me to include in the blog: any particular kinds of recipes? More garden tips? More stories about Calabria? Let me know, and I'll get right on it. Here is a video that was shown last Tuesday on Eye on the Bay, a local tv show on the Bay Area channel, KPIX. The show featured my book, my dad’s garden and my mom cooking along with me in my kitchen.Read More
Someone asked me the other day how much food I typically get from my Oakland orto. Of course it varies depending on the time of the year, but during the summer I typically pick enough for family dinner every night. As an example I thought I'd show you what I picked from my garden today, July 22, 2010. I picked enough romano beans to cook and serve as a salad for dinner:
This handful of gorgeous zucchini blossoms I will save for my Saturday cooking class:
Lots of figs, both Adriatic and Black Mission, from my trees:
I also picked two cucumbers, three zucchini and two eggplants, which I will use in a pasta dish tonight.
Oh! I forgot! I even got a basketful of strawberries from our strawberry bushes:
and lots of sweet sweet Italian prunes. Take a look at how many are on just one branch!
There is a lot of satisfaction in growing your own vegetables. I hope that I have convinced some of you to give it a try, even if you have only pots on a terrace. In fact I extend my own garden by planting in pots; all my basil and hot peppers ended up in pots this year. I even put a cherry tomato plant in a pot, and take a look at it. It is the first one to have ripe tomatoes!
I also get eggs every day now. Here are the eggs just from the last three days. The beautiful blue-green ones were laid by Gelsomina, our Ameraucana chicken.
My family can almost live off our small garden during the summer months, especially now with the addition of those eggs.