Mini Cantaloupe

This is my little cantaloupe. Here it is when I first spotted it under the vines.

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I must have planted them too late in the year, because it was so tiny,
even when it ripened. It was the size of a teacup. It was cute and delicious. I wish
I had a whole bunch of them. I saved the seeds and we shall see next year
if it was just a fluke. (due to late planting)  Here is the ripened teacup cantaloupe:

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2 Comments July 28, 2013

Lisa Simpson Pancake

Say what you will, but this pancake I made looks like Lisa Simpson’s profile. And I can even see her eye and ear.  I didn’t try to sell it on ebay, as someone suggested, but I ate it! These pancakes were made using Sprouts’ whole grain pancake mix (bulk in the bins).  I use 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of the mix, and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. I let it sit for a few minutes. Then, I heat up my cast iron skillet, and spray a teensy bit of coconut oil nonstick spray.  It makes 2 pancakes. Or 3 small pancakes. The Lisa Simpson one? … I do not know how that stuff happens!

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Thanks for reading,                                                                                                                                    Rose


1 Comment July 8, 2013

Six Biscuits

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These are tender, puffy, yummy, smooth textured biscuits. They do not contain butter, shortening or lard, as in traditional biscuits. I have been using organic virgin coconut oil for baking, but mine liquifies in the summertime, and gets too hard in the fridge, so  Earth Balance organic Coconut Spread is a good replacement. I found it at Sprouts.It is surprisingly buttery tasting. If you haven’t baked with coconut oil, don’t worry… your biscuits will not taste like coconuts. It is just a healthier fat.

I baked these outside in a vintage small NESCO oven. You can of course use a regular oven, or even a good toaster oven (on the bake setting). Just make sure to check it right at 10 minutes.  I don’t use regular sized food processor.  I use a Kitchen Aid 3 cup mini chopper, it works like a food processor. It is really small, inexpensive, and less cumbersome. I love mini appliances. I have seen that Cuisinart has a 4 cup mini food prep at Big Lots, which might be really nice too. You can make your own buttermilk, by putting a teasp. of white vinegar or lemon juice into the 1/2 cup of milk and letting is sit for 5 – 10 minutes. I used white whole wheat flour, but you can use whole wheat or 1/4 c. whole wheat and 1/4 c. unbleached all purpose white flour, I just happened to have white whole wheat flour in the cupboard. It is 100% whole wheat that is simply ground a bit more finely. It is really nice for more delicate baked goods, or for people that are transitioning from white to whole wheat. You can find it in a regular grocery store.

Recipe:          Preheat oven to 450 degrees

1 cup whole wheat white flour

2 teasp. baking powder

1/8 teasp. salt

1  teasp. agave nectar

1/8 cup of coconut spread, or coconut oil

1/2 cup of buttermilk

Put dry ingredients in food processor (or use pasty cutter). Pulse about 8-10 times… or until combined. It will resemble cornmeal. Put in med bowl. Stir in agave nectar(or honey) and buttermilk. Stir gently. Put onto cutting board (including crumbs).  Knead 8 times. Ever so lightly, flour the cutting board. Pat by hand until about 3/4 inches thick.  Use 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, to make 6 biscuits. Place on ungreased small baking sheet or small cake pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 450 degrees. Remove. Allow to cool slightly. Enjoy.


Leave a Comment July 5, 2013

I just spotted some cucumber.

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So nice to see the little cucs starting to grow. Today it felt like a little miracle as I peeked under the leaves. I had thought only the cantaloupes sprouted. To me the cantaloupe vines and the cucumber vines look so similar. Baby cucs are so cute.

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Here are the ripe cucumber, they were so good this summer.

Thanks for reading,   Rose


2 Comments June 2, 2013

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