Monthly Archive: June 2011


Garden Cuisine: Red Currant, Sage, and Lavender Pork on Paper-thin Zucchini

Continuing the series on recipes using produce from the garden, this time taking advantage of the bounty of zucchini and red currants, and the dry astringent flavors of sage and lavender leaves. This recipe features pork, but this can be easily substituted, or even vegetarianized. Includes a link to sources of “happy meat” in Germany.


Solar Thermal Collectors

The merits as I see them of solar thermal water and heating support, and a little of our experiences getting such a system installed.


Garden Cuisine: Lemon Balm-Asparagus Risotto

Having a garden is changing my cooking style slightly. This is the first in series of posts about what I’m doing with our produce. This recipe takes advantage of the last few days of (white) asparagus season here.


YouCapture: Flowers

I’ve been having a bit of trouble with taking pictures of lobelias and other intensely blue flowers. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, or if the chip in my camera isn’t up to snuff any more, but the very blue wavelengths just aren’t picked up properly. The lobelia photos I took all look …

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Fragrant Roses and Times Past

A search for a strongly scented rose for our front garden, focusing on Old Garden Roses.


The State and Floorplans at Purchase: The Garden/Parking Lot

Lame mathematician jokes and the things that can be done using only a hose, a pair of secateurs, and a soup spoon. And a pictorial tour of the sorry state of the garden around our church at time of purchase.