Monday, August 2, 2010

The Fruits [And Leaves] of Our Labors

At the beginning of the season we planted a vegetable garden in our back yard. We've done this in the past, but two years ago pretty much nothing produced anything, so we didn't do it last year. This year, things are different. Here's what the garden looked like when we first planted.
We planted 4 different heirloom tomato varieties, 2 cucumber plants, 1 crook-neck squash, 1 butternut squash, 3 different bell pepper varieties, 4 hot pepper varieties, sugar snap peas, cilantro, and basil. Notice all the empty space covered with bark? Here's what it's looking like lately.

It's filled in beautifully! Most of what you're seeing is the butternut squash vine that has taken over the back yard, but I don't care because I already have a few big squashes on the vine. I'm pretty excited about it. See what's coming along.

We've eaten some sugar snap peas, and I've already had two BLT's with my fresh tomatoes. Fa-Nominal! But I was too busy enjoying them to take a picture.
One of the things I'm most excited about is the basil. It's thriving, so I finally made some pesto. Oh man, it's beyond good! I picked about three cups worth of leaves off the bush, and you can't even tell I took anything off the plant (I'll have to make some more!). Here I am (in my new Anthro shirt, told you you'd see me in it soon!) cutting off some leaves.

I brought them in the house and put them in a big bowl of cold water to wash off any dirt and/or bugs. I put them through the salad spinner to get them dry, then I put those in the food processor with about 2/3 cup walnuts, 2.5 oz Parmesan cheese, 1 clove garlic, 1 cup canola oil, and salt and pepper to taste, and voila!

Put it on pasta, bread, a cracker, a fork, whatever! I've eaten three meals of whole-wheat pasta and pesto in as many days. And I might just have it again for dinner tonight. It's that good. Or you can come over and have some with me. The Rockstar doesn't like it (He's crazy, but we love him anyway) and I need someone to enjoy this with me!


Amber said...

People, I will totally vouch for the deliciousness of this pesto. It was amazing! Thanks again Angela!

Jallin said...

I would come!! Maybe in the next couple months I can take you up on that. I miss random evenings spent at the Ewell's. Soon!!

Becca said...

I am so jealous! Sometimes I want a garden, to eat delicious fresh veggies. Perhaps one of these days I could come over for our quarterly get togethers.

Becky said...

Oh you lucky, lucky girl to enjoy such spoils! Heriloom tomatoes!!! And such a beautiful space to look at out your window, too. And now you can put basil into everything (make sure you pull the tops off before they flower, but I'm sure you already know that). and now I do believe a closer shot of the anthro shirt is deserved, dearie!

pam said...

Your garden looks beautiful and so do the fruits of your labors. I wonder why this was the year your garden thrived and our plants died several times with only a few random ones surviving?

Nancy said...

count me in on the next batch :)