Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tried, tested and tasted by myself is a delicious Baked Bean Squash, complete with an Acorn Squash from our own Garden! Here's how to do it:
1 Acorn Squash
1 cup dried Navy Beans
1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
1 tablespoon Molasses
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
1 pinch Sea Salt
Either soak beans overnight and boil for 15 minutes, or boil dried beans for 30 minutes. Cut squash in half and clean out seeds. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake empty squash for 30 minutes. Drain, then mix beans and spices together. Pour mixture into empty squashes and continue to bake for 30 minutes, or until soft and browning. Cover beans with tin foil if they begin to dry or appear as they were when dried.
Serve and enjoy!
Feeds 2 - 4
Saturday, September 19, 2009
For next year, this drink is amazing to make out of our rhubarb patch! I know my ma's recipe says to use ginger ale but white wine or vodka work nicely as well.
2 ½ cups chopped rhubarb- fresh or frozen
1 cup water
Boil until mushy. Strain with cheesecloth when it cools.
1 can frozen pink lemonade
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cups pineapple juice
Freeze in something plastic.
Mix with ginger ale or white wine and sparkling water.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Spotty filling of corncobs is due to poor pollination. This usually happens when corn is planted in a solitary row rather than in blocks. Corn pollen must land on each thread of silk for complete pollination. Each strand of silk is attached to a single kernel. Corn breeders constantly strive to develop varieties with good tipfill, an industry buzzword for large, rounded, full cobs. Some of the older varieties don’t have great tipfill, while many of the new hybrids have excellent tipfill.
When is corn ready to harvest? Can it tolerate any frost?
Corn is ready to harvest when the silks are brown and have dried up and you can feel the cobs through the husks. The tip of the cob should be blunt and feel full. The appearance and feel of the finished cobs differ with the variety. It takes a bit of experience to know exactly when the cobs are at their prime, but with time you’ll learn.
Corn will be badly damaged by even a light frost. If frost strikes once the cobs have matured, you have about one week to harvest them before the flavour starts to deteriorate significantly. If frost strikes before the cobs have matured, the corn will not ripen.