Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friendly neighbors...

Several kind readers commented on the friendly neighbors we have here at Aji...
Lucky as we are, my missus on one of her morning walks in the hills met an acquaintance by accident...
The acquaintance was just heading to her garden plot and woah, my missus found herself coming home with a big head of lettuce, a bunch of 'mamba' greens (sort of like a type of Japanese mustard,belonging to the cabbage family), and some big red turnips...  
These fist-sized red turnips, how I wish I can grow them myself...
Ok, next season Ishall try and see...
My wife sliced the turnips and have them seasoned in vinegar...
We love to eat these stuff...

The 'mamba' is a local favorite vegetable of the people around here...
The leaves are large and with just about three leaves or so, we get a plateful of goodies for dinner...
I tried to grow them but only one plant is surviving now...
And it is as usual, quite 'tiny' due to my low gardening skills...

Now, what happened to the sour oranges we received from another neighbor?
Yes, my missus made marmalade out of them...
She relied on several online recipes and came up with her own concotion...
And, this morning, we had the marmalade with some homemade pancakes... umm...
The marmalade is stored in re-cycled bottles...
We also tried using the concotion for hot drinks...

Ok, a change of topic...
I had posted a picture of the tiger lily...
I mentioned about using the edible bulb into a bean dessert...
The picture above shows the bulb which we bought from the store...
We shall be peeling off the outer 'petals' for consumption...
I plan to keep the innermost layers as a 'seed' to plant in the potager this coming spring...