Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Garden Update: Zucchini update

I pulled this from the garden last night.

Here it is next to a 2 liter of Coke.

I pulled a slightly smaller one out last night for dinner, we used half of it. I foresee some zucchini bread in my future.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Liberal Media Bias in action!

Man it just won't stop will it!

CBS, a clearly liberal news organization, edited an interview with John McCain yesterday in which his answer to a question regarding the Anbar Awakening was clearly wrong. The edit was such that the answer played after the question was from a different question in the interview. This follows McCain's comment yesterday that Pakistan and Iraq share a border, hm well if the sea counts as a border, in which case the US and Japan are neighbors!

See more liberal bloggy/video goodness of the Anbar snafu here and here.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Last Night's Dinner: Beef, broccoli and carrots

My brother has been giving me a hard time about the lack of cow/dinner posts lately, he thinks we have gone vegetarian with the all the garden posting lately. The truth is we have been sticking with burgers or tacos mostly lately, nothing new to post about. We felt like having some Asian food tonight so I picked up some broccoli, garlic, scallions and some Palisade peaches at the farmers market this morning in Golden.

We have had been and broccoli in the past but never really followed a recipe beyond the beef and the broccoli part, maybe some garlic and soy sauce and that was about it. Tonight I thought we should follow a recipe, but then immediately tweaked it.

Rice with garlic and scallions
1 Cup of long grain rice
1 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 clove garlic minced
White parts of 2 scallions chopped
2 Cups of water

Saute the onion and garlic in the oil for a minute over medium high heat.
Add the rice and stir to coat with the oil, let saute for an additional minute or two.
Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover.
Let simmer for 20 minutes then move off the heat for 5.
Uncover, fluff the rice and serve.

The Beef, broccoli and carrots
1 lb round steak
1 head of broccoli
3 medium carrots

2 cloves of garlic
3 scallions
2 Tbsp of soy sauce
1 Tbsp of white sugar
1 cup of beef broth

Slice the beef thinly against the grain
Cut the vegetables into bit size chunks
Mix all ingredients of the sauce in a bowl
Stir fry the beef in 2 batches in vegetable oil and then remove to a platter
Dump the veggies and half a cup of water into the pan and cover to steam for 5 minutes.
Add the beef back to the pan and sauce to taste (we used about half of what we made)
Let simmer until sauce is reduced by half.
Serve over rice or noodles.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

July Garden Update

The gardening project has been mostly successful so far. We've had great luck with all the herbs except the cilantro. The peppers are growing slower than I thought and there is not a single pepper pod yet but it is only early July. We will look for a different place to put them next year to get some better production.

The tomatoes are going crazy, we counted 11 on a single plant this morning, between the size of a marble and a tennis ball. I am hoping to pick some ripe ones in the next couple weeks from the Early Girls, the Roma tomatoes should be ready in August.

The zucchini plant is taking over its small part of the world and the cucumbers are in turn increasing production in case the zucchini plant breaks their neutrality pact. We have already had several zucchini dishes, grilled, broiled and boiled, all really tasty. There is one cucumber almost ready to pick and several others just getting started to go along with the dozens of flowers on the plants.

Over all so far we're judging this a success and hopefully we'll have enough tomatoes to can some salsa and sauce. Some things we have already decided to do different next year;
  1. Space the plants out more
  2. Get the trellis up for the cucumbers and zucchini earlier
  3. Plant the flowers near the garden but not in it

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Who needs tires?

I get handed a lot of stuff leaving the Market Street Station every morning, at least one thing a week. There have been breakfast bars, breakfast drinks, tea samples, coffee samples, coupons for lunch places downtown, a vacuum sealing system with bags, a bible and fliers for various shows around the area. Most of the stuff makes sense to hand out and it's a great location to hit a bunch of people at once. Today made no sense though. The flier is for a Goodyear tire place, get up to a $60 rebate by mail in offer when you get a new Good Year credit card and tire purchase. Good deal, but, it's valid only at the two downtown locations. Why would you think people commuting by bus into downtown would be interested in a tire rebate that's good ONLY DOWNTOWN!

Monday, July 07, 2008

busy/messy afternoon so a busy/messy post

Been busy at work and at home lately. Some items of note/randomness;

  1. I wonder if I can sneak my way into Invesco for the nomination acceptance speech?
  2. Ribs on the grill are fantastic! The secret is the rub I'm sure of it.
  3. Grilled pizza is getting close to perfect crust wise, the right toppings are eluding me.
  4. The zucchini plant in the backyard is attempting to take over the entire 5'x5' space it is in, I'll try to post pics tonight.