The fruit of my labor.

I spent the first half of the day in my garden harvesting peppers and some of the root crops.


In the early spring, I should only make one trip to the plant farm out west of Belleville because once again, I put out too many different kinds of pepper plants. But, of course, I always make a half dozen trips and every time I go, it seems as if I have just read about another recipe featuring one kind of pepper or another.
Over the years, We have enjoyed different pepper related dishes such as chile rellenos and stuffed peppers so naturally when planting time comes, I find myself picking up pepper plants.

There are 3 kinds of peppers in the picture; Bell,Big Chile and Gypsy. In addition, waiting in the garden are Serranos, Poblano, Anaheim Chiles and one Cayenne plant.

The beets don’t need any introduction but perhaps you might not recognize the bulbous vegetable next to them. This is the first year I have grown garlic. I decided to plant this after dabbling in gourmet cooking and noticing that practically every recipe used garlic. I say practically but in reality, I am using it regardless unless I’m whipping up a batch of cookies or something.

I was surprised to learn how many different kinds of garlic there are but I’m not going down that road. If I start using different garlics for different recipes, I’m afraid I’ll turn into a metrosexual.
As it is, I have 3 kinds of bulbs laying there on the table, more than enough to frighten away any vampires, werewolves or zombies.

I also have decided to use mushrooms in all my haute cuisine. I am a relative newcomer to eating mushrooms but I have discovered that this fungus seems to give any dish a bit of flair.I was also surprised at how little mushrooms cost.I know that there are expensive varieties but the cheap ones do the job for me. I doubt that I will grow mushrooms, we don’t have a basement. I did try growing them in the crawl space of our former home but had little success, primarily because the spider webs made it hard to work down there. I suppose I could give it a try, the instructions for growing mushrooms are relatively simple and remarkedly similar to the way that some of my former bosses handled me: kept me in the dark and fed me horse manure.


About geetwo

I am a 69 year old (in 2009) retired I.T. consultant. My wife, Susie and I travel in an RV 6 to 8 months a year. I write a humor / travel column for several print publications on a weekly basis.
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