Friday, August 18, 2023

Fava Beans

Fava Beans
Fava beans ready to be harvested

If normal beans took steroids they would turn into fava beans.  When cooked right these gigantic legumes have a light, earthy and refreshing flavor.  When cooked wrong they can be hard, dry and as tasteless as a rock.  Fortunately, cooking favas so they turn out delicious is easy.

Harvest favas when they're 4 to 6 inches long, still mostly green, and the beans inside are developed.  Give them a pinch to find out.  If you wait too long and they turn from green to brown, save those favas for seeds for next year.

Once the favas are harvested, turn the oven broiler on.  Space the favas out on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle olive oil on top, followed by a healthy sprinkling of salt and a little bit of pepper.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Who Am I?

Rocking the farmer vibes with mega beard

I can change how I look just by not shaving.
I can change my appearance just by not cutting my hair.
I can change others perception of me just by wearing different clothes.
Who am I?

Does any of that actually define me?
Does any of that change who I really am?
So I ask you again - Who am I?

Perhaps I’m defined by the job I hold or the car I drive or the house I live in or the jewelry I wear or the hat I don or the outdoor gear I possess. Does any of that tell you who I really am? So I ask you again - Who am I?

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Dandelion Vinegar or Any Vinegar

Dandelion Vinegar
Dandelions steeping in vinegar

Earlier in the year someone asked me if I had a good recipe for a dandelion vinegar.  I did not, however it got me thinking, how would I make a dandelion vinegar?

Vinegars are made by taking a vinegar of some sorts, adding fresh ingredients to it, letting it sit for a few weeks, straining it, then enjoying it on salad or in cooking.

A bunch of dandelions were on hand so a mason jar was filled half way with the dandelions, a white wine vinegar was then added.  Each day for two weeks the jar was shaken to mix it all up.  After two weeks the dandelions were strained and the results were... a very enjoyable vinegar for salad!