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General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:22:47 AM »
I'm glad that worked out Greg.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: November 15, 2018, 08:38:20 AM »
That sounds about right, last year it was 35 cents here. And yes it does make it easier to shell!!!

Back again!!
This time from the "Nu:ders" lady, you'll get that if you watch the video.

Not really but close enough and I had to throw my touch in it. The broth was seasoned with beef Pho paste, garlic, ginger, onions and chicken powder. I added other seasonings along the way to get the taste I wanted.

I started last night and made a big batch for future meals.
pork hocks and neck bones to start, This is after they simmered for a few hours.

I also added some tripe.

Cleaned the meat off the bones and simmered again.

After they cooled I put them in containers in the fridge and here's when I start to cook. I scraped the fat off and it's pure gelatin pork broth goodness.

First bowl of happiness.

I forgot to add the shrooms so here we go again.

Finally time to make a bowl. It doesn't look like it but I also made a tare sauce and soaked the egg in it, that color will come later.

Pure pork flavor from pig skin, tendons, meat and bone broth with a little tripe.

Blanched bean sprouts, chilled onions, green onions and cilantro.

Hoisin sauce, 6 minute egg and Sriracha.

This was worth all the trouble, it was slurping good!!

General Discussion / Re: Free tomatoes!!!
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:50:37 AM »
Nice!! I'm glad some ripened before a frost. How do they taste? I hope worth growing again.
That plant looks like it's loaded with tomatoes, how many were on that plant?
I expected some blacks to show up but at least we got a round and plum types.

Keep seeds for yourself to grow again next year, hopefully we'll find a good tomato to make sauce.

Thanks for growing them!

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: November 02, 2018, 09:39:56 PM »
I had a craving for stuffed pork chops. When it says stuffed in Acadiana it means stuffed with sausage or the Holy Trinity with garlic added, not breading. I had some running around to do and stopped by Hebert's Specialty Meats but when I got there I saw the stuffed rabbit and had to change the menu. I haven't had rabbit since the last time I had it.

You have to be careful not to eat the threading string on the belly, you would think they would use thicker string so you can see it, Right? Maybe the thinner string goes through the system better, who knows.

I'm roasting it and thought it needed a little fat so it doesn't dry out, Bacon should work fine and who doesn't love bacon?

I started it low at 350F for about 50 minutes to heat up the inside and start frying that bacon a bit.

Took it out and added the veggies= onions, bells, carrots and tators. Seasoned the veggies with Cavenders and parsley, added some chicken stock and back in the oven set on convection at 425F.

Another 30 minutes and it's done and smelling up the house.

That's a hind leg quarter hiding under the bacon, the salt is my creation.

I forgot a pic of the stuffing.

General Discussion / Re: Free tomatoes!!!
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:45:57 PM »
Thanks for posting pics and for growing them.

The 1st tomato looks like it could be a black and the second should be red. That's just a guess. I'm surprised about the shape, I thought they would be round to heart shaped. It looks like a plum/paste tomato.

I'm excited to see what they become. I didn't grow any in the fall but I have 16 plants going now in the greenhouse. I'll post the results.

Another thing is the time it took to make tomatoes, I hope that it's because of a fall grow. Fall tomatoes for me don't grow anything like Spring.

Fruit Trees / Re: Fig tree identification
« on: October 27, 2018, 06:12:25 PM »
I learn something new every day!!! Check out this video on pollinating figs, you may never eat figs again!! ;D

I'm just guessing because I just started researching fig breeding but you should be able to open a fig at the right time and use the pollen to pollinate another tree.

Fruit Trees / Re: Fig tree identification
« on: October 27, 2018, 03:46:23 PM »
They are tasty but not as sweet as Celeste, maybe it's due to the end of the season. I'll try some next Spring.

Fruit Trees / Fig tree identification
« on: October 27, 2018, 11:47:30 AM »
Can someone help identify this tree? I don't know much about the tree.

All I know is what he told me about the tree. About 25 years ago he was working at a sheet metal fab shop in Lafayette La and an old guy came in asking for sheet metal to plug holes in his barn and my uncle gave him a bunch of scraps. A few days later the old guy came back and brought him the tree for the metal. He said he bred the tree in Lafayette. He's never seen the guy again.

I started this tree last fall from cuttings.

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse hydroponic growing Fall 2018
« on: October 23, 2018, 09:15:48 AM »
It's starting to look like a green house again!!!

Did you pull the shade cloth off yet? I did, it seemed to make the plants grow lanky.

Fruit Trees / Who's picking pecans?
« on: October 21, 2018, 11:27:15 AM »
The Pecan trees are raining pecans. All 11 trees are littered with so many pecans you can't walk under them without stepping on one. I barely picked from the two trees near the house and filled two crawfish sacks already.

General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:25:29 PM »
I'm glad it worked, I found those looking for parts for a charcuterie curing chamber. They also have a temp controller too that might work for seedlings.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:01:56 PM »
Last night didn't go as planned. I browned the beef to make spaghetti but the sauce was bad so I cooked frozen pizza instead.

Then I started playing with my food again!!

I'll call it Beef Taco Macaroni and Cheese!!


Kraft Mac-n-Cheese noodles.

The beef, tomatoes and taco seasoning.

Kraft craft made chemical cheese powder stuff.

more cheese

Noodles with a little pasta water

In the pool

More cheese and Habaneros

Baked at 400

Salsa, sour cream and cilantro

I used 2 boxes of Mac-n-Cheese and should've used 2 packs of taco seasoning, the cheese washed out the flavor a little but it was good.

No clue what's on the menu tonight, I haven't thought that far ahead yet.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:21:22 PM »
Throw them on a paper plate for a week and mail'em.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:01:40 AM »
BRRRRR!!! 63 this morning. It seems like forever since it's been this cool.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:59:15 AM »
I didn't notice but the wind was also blowing and I couldn't tell.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: October 10, 2018, 08:41:03 PM »
I had the butcher cut a rack of ribs across the slab, we do that to make Jambalaya, browned them with onions and mushrooms to make a gravy. Butter beans, collards and some boiled baby okra from the yard.

Both hot sauces worked great with this meal, I could use the "Clearly Guilty" sauce as a dip for the okra and it worked for the greens too. It's a vinegar based sauce from my buddy in SC. He's a detective about to retire and started making sauce for a hobby. One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet considering the problems police deal with today. Check out his site and give Reggie a call, he's as nice as your next door neighbor.

Happy Hour / Re: Getting ready for winter
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:55:11 PM »
Nice, I like those simple jobs especially when everything starts after sitting. The power went out for about 3 hours so I pulled the Gennie out and ended up cleaning the carb out for it to start. 10 minutes after I got it running the power came back on. At least it's running now!!! I need to get back in the habit of using it around the property, a pruning blade on a saw saw works like a charm on small branches.

Fruit Trees / Re: Started Grapefruit from seeds
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:34:09 AM »
Update on the seedlings, I left them under the trees all year and they're growing.

Here's the plant that had 3 seedlings sprout.

Big lemon seed from the store

These are the grapefruit, they're growing a thicker trunk than the lemons

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:25:32 AM »

Bromeliad past it's prime bloom, the purple is washed out

I just noticed the Ginger blooming

I saw this guy on a Maypop plant and had to look it up. It's a oleander caterpillar.

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