Episode 86 gave you a few super simple ways to deal with tomatoes. No recipes, no fuss, no muss, fool-proof ideas that take less than 5 minutes of prep and virtually no ingredients beyond the tomatoes themselves.
Episode 87 gives you some tips on how to your hands on tons of tomatoes.
Wild Flavors follows the seasons showcasing the wonderful creations of Didi Emmons. She emphasizes unique garden plants like African basil and wild edibles like autumn olive & Japanese knotweed. Didi shares useful overviews of 46 plants in addition to prep and preserving tips as well as recipes. It's a must for your culinary library collection.
In Episode 64 I introduced you to the magnifient garlic scape. I promised to focus episode 65 on how to cook them. Unfortunately a sour garlic pickle, a dream about eating lunch in a Ugandan village and a bowl of rice pudding got in my way.
So where does that leave us? First of all I placed some great stuff about cooking garlic scapes all ther way at the bottom of this post. Second of all, the dream about Uganda prompted me to revisit a meal I had while there last summer and share the experience with you. And finally, you ask what about the sour garlic pickle and rice pudding. Later this week you'll learn more but for now, join me in a remote Ugandan village for lunch.
Though this is not a formal episode I've placed it here for a specific reason. Basically, my own efforts to grow food is a core aspect of my personal culinary compass. In my life as a whole I find that I'm guided not by the obvious as much as the things that rest somewhere out in the perifery. These things, though seemingly perriferal, yet profoundly central, are what guide me. So it isn't necessarily the luciously purple Japanese eggplant that help me believe that everything in the world will be ok. In fact it is...
the soil it rests in, the water that nourishes its roots, the pole beans that provide it shade from the heat of the day, the worms that loosen the soil around its base, the hose that sprinkles it at 2 a.m., the leaves that collect the suns rays and the time I spend tending to it.