Steak Tacos with Radish “Ceviche”

One of my favorite ways to eat radishes is in tacos. There’s no seafood in this recipe — the radish-based relish that’s soaked in lime juice just reminds me of ceviche. Although, I imagine adding some chopped clams to the relish for an actual surf and turf variation would be quite good. Ever wonder what…

Teriyaki Tofu Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy and Mustard Greens

Since my bok choy and some of my mustard greens were starting to bolt from the hot weather, I had to pick them when they were still young. So, I popped them into a stir-fry with some leftover rice and a few other things I had in the fridge and freezer. Easy and tasty! Teriyaki…

Necessity’s Children

It has been SO hot and SO dry in Portland this spring that I am very worried about it. Yesterday we had wildfire condition warnings in effect. It’s early May. It should be cold and raining every day, and we should be complaining about it, with no hope for sunny 70°F weather until July. Instead,…

Spring Radishes with Herbed Feta Dip

My radishes are really coming in, now. Those that still need thinning to make room for their neighbors have fairly well developed roots, too, and make a nice little snack. The various herbs I’ve planted as companions in my orchard are also big enough that I can start pinching bits off of them to use…

Dandelion Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

There is now plenty to do in the garden — planting, weeding, mulching, pest and disease control…but not much to harvest, yet. My rhubarb is busy sending out new leaves, but the stems are too slender to make more than a mouthful. My January radishes are just getting big enough to justify plucking them out…

Spring Things

I was so busy with the garden during the beautiful March weather we had that I didn’t have any time to write about it. Now, the daily Portland rains have set in, so I’ve been working less outside. My vegetable garden and orchard already seem to be off to a good start, though. The Early…

“Beefy” Vegan Miso Soup

The only winter crop that I have to harvest now are my carrots, which have gotten to be extremely sweet and flavorful due to the cold weather, as the plants store more nutrition in their roots, rather than expending it in their leaves at this time of year. I decided to make some soup to…

Pruning Pomes

I tackled the pruning of my apple tree the other day, February being the best time of year to do this for pome fruit trees in the northern hemisphere. Though I am far from being an expert yet in orchard pruning, I have many years of experience in general pruning for the health of small…

Boon Companions: Blueberry and Thyme Scones

  Continuing to experiment in the kitchen with plants that make good companions in the garden, I whipped up a batch of Blueberry and Thyme Scones on Sunday afternoon. My blueberry bushes are so new that I haven’t had the pleasure of tasting any berries from them yet, but the thyme I used came from…

Boon Companions: Blueberries and Thyme

I recently added to my companion plants for my orchard by tucking some German Winter Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) into a corner beside my two blueberry bushes. Thyme makes a good companion to blueberries because they both like acidic soil and the thyme will attract bees and help to get those berry bushes pollinated. I also…