Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Plain Okra

Okra doesn't have to be breaded to be delicious. Plain okra is just as good. Just slice into pieces and toss with a little olive oil so it doesn't stick to the pan and bake at 425 F for 30 minutes. Serve as is or with chipotle dipping sauce. Click link for the chipotle dipping sauce recipe.

Gary said he'd never had okra till we moved to Arkansas. Of course I had it because my grandmother would serve it often when we went to visit her. I miss my grandmother; she passed away at 100 years old. Okra is a member of the mallow family and the flowers are a treat to see. Pick your okra when small, less than six inches, because the pods become tough and fibrous if left to grow for too long. I didn't realize the leaves of the okra plant can also be eaten and the stems produce a fiber used industrially. The seeds can be used as a coffee substitute.

Keep your okra pods dry to prevent the slime. I never notice any when I cook it. Perhaps baked or fried it doesn't produce the slime. Click this link for okra to see all the vitamins and minerals okra contains, not to mention the fiber. Photos of flower and pod are from the link. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mystery Flower - Clitoria or Centrosema ?

This lavender flower has popped up in my garden among the weeds. I have no idea what it is. Click on the photos to make them larger to see the flower detail. UPDATE: I have narrowed this search down to Clitoria mariana, Butterfly Pea, or Centrosema virginianum, Spurred Butterfly Pea.

 The flower looks a bit like a penstemon flower, but then again it looks like an orchid flower too.

I tried to see which leaf belonged with it but it's mixed in so closely with what looks like grass weeds I am hesitant to disturb it much since there are only two blooms and one bud. Do you know what it is? Happy Solar Eclipse to you all.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ancient Totem & Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

This ancient totem went to a special lady in Micanopy, Florida. Micanopy was the site of an ancient Timucuan Indian village, later a Seminole village, and later still a Miccosukee faction. Micanopy is named after a Seminole Chief. She just finished building her 500 square foot cottage decorated with unique finishing materials. She showed me several photos and she has great style. I'd been keeping this totem for several years and finally decided to bring it to the market and now the totem has found a new home. I'm proud this piece will grace her cottage.

Look what I'm having for breakfast: slices of Cherokee purple tomatoes. These heirlooms are so delicious. The farmer's market was well attended and I had lots of sales from new and repeat customers. I might also have two commissions coming up soon. Thank you to all who support my art.

Here are the Cherokee purples before slicing. I tried growing these in California but they didn't produce well. Perhaps they are better suited to the humidity here in Georgia. I might try growing them myself next year. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Holy Cow

Gary likes bright colors so he's encouraging me to branch out into modern rather than traditional painting techniques. Holy Cow this cow is bright. Both of these cows are on oak wood. I just finished putting on the polyacrylic and will string the jute hangers when they dry. When we drill the holes for the jute we pre-drill the holes with a smaller bit so the wood doesn't split. It's an extra step but this really helps prevent wood splitting in most drilling situations.

Here's another colorful cow, inspired by one I saw on the internet to stimulate myself to branch out into bolder colors. Tomorrow I'll be at the Blairsville Farmer's Market in space 9 from 7 am to 1 pm. Blairsville is an optimum location to view the total solar eclipse on Monday. Please research how to safely view the eclipse; don't look at the sun without proper eye protection. Hopefully the eclipse peepers are generous in their purchases. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.