Taco Tuesday - I like the alliteration of it. So we had a Taco Tuesday. I did not ever make a taco until I went to college. I always used the preseasoned powder packet that you add to ground beef. But I did not have one so I made it up. I just took the flavors I think would be good and winged it.
Minjenah's Taco Season Mix
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon chicken base
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 cup water
Cilantro stems from 1 bunch, chopped
Brown the onions and garlic. Add the ground beef and let it brown well. Add the seasonings but NOT the water and let it cook until fragrant, about five minutes. Add the water and let the beef mixture get a little soupy. Add the cilantro stems off the heat and cover.
So we have green tomatoes from the garden, which we usually fry. But I possess a cookbook that suggested a green tomato pizza. So I made one. I actually never read the recipe, I just read the title and figured I would make one. That's the kind of ballsy cook I am.
Green Tomato Pizza
1 whole wheat pizza crust
Roasted garlic oil
1 large green tomato, thinly sliced
Preheat your oven to the highest it will go. For my oven, that is 550. Roll out your pizza crust until it is wafer thin. Brush on a thin layer of garlic oil. Add the tomato on one layer. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Add the cheeses and sprinkle liberally with MORE salt and pepper. Bake for about ten minutes or until the cheese is all bubbly.
The whole point of vegetable gardens is a garden grown tomato. Pat Conroy describes it as one of the single culinary joys he has ever known. Yohboh has been known to put tomatoes in a bowl, salt them eat all the tomatoes and then drink the tomato water. I like to make my favorite pasta EVERY DAY for lunch when we have tomatoes. I also like a tomato sandwich and garden salsa.
Last year we had 27 tomato plants. About half of them were successful because one of our friends put some of his tomatoes in the ground and staked them. This did not work and there were rotten tomatoes everywhere. So this year, we put every tomato plant in a cage. Here are two of our three rows. I can't think of anything prettier.
There are Romas, Rutgers, Cherry, Grape, Early Girls, Best Boys, Celebrity. All from those 1.68 four packs (why did they stop selling 9 packs?) from Wal Mart.
We interrupt Garden Week to show you the yummy dinner I had tonight. My mother made this for me because I cannot be trusted to make it. Actually, I have made it from a mix and my mother's is SO MUCH BETTER. Yohboh had this and said, "Your mother's cooking is the shit."
This is Mool Naeng Myun. It is a cold buckwheat noodle bowl in a beef broth with radish kimchi, beef, cucumbers, a soft boiled egg, sharp vinegar and mustard oil. It is wonderfully cooling. I don't think I can be friends with someone who does not like this.
Last year, we lost all the squash to borers. I was on the internet trying to figure out what we would do. I was told that Italian Trumpet Zucchini is squash borer resistant. So I ordered some seeds and here are the hopeful sprouts.
The garden is progressing nicely. I thought I would show you the garden a bit this week. Here is a general overview.
It is about 1800 square feet. We are groing crookneck squash, Black beauty zucchini, acorn squash, butternut squash, trumpet zucchini, cucumbers, 30 tomato plants, Ichiban eggplant, white eggplant, bell peppers, banana peppers, two kinds of basil, Swiss Chard, romaine lettuce, Italian lettuce, fava beans, sweet peas, blueberries, collards, turnips, beets, broccoli, kale.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
If you wish to contact me email me at minjenah at gmail dot com. I will respond, eventually.