If I have a spare moment, I am usually out in the yard; soaking in the green and growing. This time in AZ is amazing. I am in love with my garden and beyond thankful for my greens. I can't hardly wait for my second garden to be finished. We squeezed 80 cubic feet more of growing power into my backyard farm. Yipee!
Just look at that beautiful celery! It just makes me happy to see things grow. I can hardly wait for my peaches to be ready to munch. Things are looking good for this years crop! Let's not forget to appreciate what the girls have been doing for me in the backyard:
Enough bragging. I hope you are all getting ready to set out some summer plants. It will make you happy too. I bought some wonderful organic fertilizer from the Backyard Farmer that perked my garden up almost instantly. He uses a product from Bluebonnet feed that you can get online or from him in about 3 weeks. If you haven't checked him out, please do! He carries grains and beans, local honey, eggs, meats, produce, chicken feed and grains, local Olive oil and storage containers. If he only carried toilet paper , I would get all my shopping done with him! He delivers every Wednesday. Click here to get to his website.
I have particularly been enjoying his fresh dried pinto beans. The beans you get in the store are who knows how old. His are this years crop. They are creamy and delicious. We have been eating them a lot! The other day I made some great Spanish rice that turned out better than any I have made before. I have never really loved any Spanish rice recipe I have tried or created before this. This was good. I want to try it with brown Basmati rice. I just used some Jasmine rice this time but the brown would be great.
These night time pictures always turn out yellowy but you get the idea. The beans are tossed in some Frontera red enchilada sauce; free of preservatives. The sweet organic corn (from Costco), is stir fried very quickly in some Mexican lime olive oil from The Olive Mill. AMAZING flavor! The smell is to die for! Add a little cilantro, tomatoes, green onion and lettuce, and you have a fine meal.
Enjoy your weekend! Try out the rice. I am not sure where I got this recipe (again) but I didn't change much of it. Delicious!
2 T. coconut oil or olive oil of choice
1 C. uncooked rice
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper chopped
2 cups water
10 ounces diced tomatoes
4 ounces green chili
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
Heat oil and saute onion, pepper and rice until rice is golden and onion soft. Watch carefully not to burn! Use medium heat.
Stir in water, tomatoes, chili and seasoning. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is done. Add more liquid if needed.