With a Handful of Beans ..

With a handful of beans, anything is possible! Look at Jack!

It has been a bountiful week! There’s a lot of food coming out of the garden and from around the property. All that weeding, watering and waiting is starting to pay off! I do love the growing part, spending time in the garden is definitely a favourite activity. But equally as much I like doing things with the gifts from the garden. I hardly left Lismore at all this week – I was having too much fun in the garden and in the kitchen.

imageFirst it was the chilies – little hot ones ..

imageAnd then a few milder ones ..

imageInto the dehydrator they go!

imageI love the smell of them as they are drying, but glad we could have the windows wide open. It took between 8 and 10 hours to get them all done.

imageThese will be nice for heating up a few dishes during the rainy, dark days of the Pacific Northwest winter.

imageWhile the chilies were drying yesterday, I started my research on harvesting pears – and am I ever glad I did! I had no idea they are to ripen OFF the tree. I found a great resource on the Oregon State University website and when I tested my pears THEY WERE READY! Too bad we weren’t!

imageWe got the bottom level of the tree picked using our 4 foot step ladder, but we definitely needed to get our orchard ladder sooner rather than later. Off we drove to Home Depot and while they were out of stock of orchard ladders, we did manage to pick up a good 8 foot combination ladder. We have about 3/4s of the tree picked already – 110 lbs. They are now nicely ripening in our basement and destined for McBarley’s, the local cidery!

imageAnd, as if the week could get any better?!? Yes. It’s tomato time!!

tomatoI roasted these lovely gems this morning and we ate them at lunch. Ciabatta, spicy salami, Balderson cheddar and all topped with roasted tomatoes – then grilled to a lovely warm, melting delight!

imagemmmmmm, I do love the summer …