Friday, August 29, 2008

Kids Sushi

Peanut butter and Jelly with chocolate and apples

Chicken Meatball Soup

Saturday, August 23, 2008

tostones y empanadillas

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fig Harvest

baby figs
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
The figs are coming in earnest now.
chopped figs

fig and cheese plate

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Eating well in Brooklyn

Pretzel and boy
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
We spent a long weekend visiting my wife's friends. It was a culinary adventure. I don't have pictures of the first stop lets just say that the host is from Laos and can cook. The pictures are all in Brooklyn (or pretty close by) From the boy firing up a pretzel to much more involved home cuisine. We stayed with an old friend of my wife's and her family, it just happens that the husband of my wife's friend is Manny Howard, a freelance writer and passionate foodie and budding locavore.

Needless to say the food was outstanding, but the company and conversation much better.

We hit great food and beer spots

Surprise at the beer hall

This beer garden had excellent sausages not to mention beer. And of course the company was the best.

Beer Hall

We cooked and ate ourselfs into a frenzy. Starting with a pork shoulder in mojo and multiple sides

friendly dinner

We planned on some well dressed burgers and hot dogs after the beach...

Sides and toppings

but had to add something a little more exciting into the mix

Boiled Lobster

Not to be oudone, my daughter caught and helped to eat a local clam, which cooked with the lobster.


proud fisherwoman

Gaby caught it Gaby ate it

Overall an outstanding trip where we made new friends and hope to get together again!

Late Bloomers

ornamental gourd sprouted
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
I started my square foot garden and plantings very late in the summer... probably wouldn't have started them, but my daughter wanted to push the green envelope. So we have some new seedlings going.


The corn is actually a popcorn variety, from Southern Seed Exchange.

Actually we bought the kid friendly starter pack.
It also included the ornamental gourd seen above, as well as some sorghum.


We are excited, but clearly we may not get anything to harvest as it is already late august.

Having said that the figs... after three years of disappointment are finally coming into their own. I ate a small one this morning and it was glorious, sweet and full of flavour.


Now we need the dog to keep the critters out for further harvest!

dog and fig

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fried Shrimp

Kids film and make fried shrimp

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Old update

just watered
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
Actually have some plants in the box. Tomato, squash, lavender. We have also added some sunflowers, lettuce, radichio, fennel, peppers

Spicy Korean Soup

garlic and green onion
Originally uploaded by chuborupert
I decided to make myself a spicy korean inspired soup from some leftovers.
some ingredients

I chopped some frozen scallop, some left over beef, onion, green onion and garlic

sliced frozen scallop

beef and onion

I made some chilli paste with dried red pepper powder, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic and sesame oil.

soba and spice

I stir fried all the ingredients

stir fry

The soba boiled in some chicken stock which then went into the soup as the broth.

before I ate it

It could have used some more leafy vegetables, but I didn't have any. Tasted great though.