Beaver Dam Pepper

I feel a kinship to a Hungarian Pepper that survived and flourished into a “naturalized American” much like myself.   When you take a bite, you get the other flavors first, and then the heat kicks in,

Candied Papaya with heat

I’m discovering just how versatile and wonderful papaya can be. Peppers add a dimension and flavor to candied papaya that has me so excited! I’ve started seed for the next round of growing and they are heavy on the hot side to take advantage of this new way of making delicious papaya preserves.

Capsicum Adventure

Aji’s, chili’s, paprika’s, peppers, officially, “Capsicums” are my new obsession. They’re just too beautiful, so many shapes, sizes, and colors, not to mention flavors within the species. I’ve grown some sweet non-bell types but super-hots I’m afraid of after managing to mishandle the golden habanero twenty years ago, the pain memory has kept me away…

Pepper Jelly

I finally got the time to try a new Jam.  I was making salsa anyway, so I picked a small bag full of sweet Hungarian peppers. They’re a rich deep dark green with pronounced pepper flavor, not as sweet as bell pepper. I didn’t have pectin so I used unflavored gelatin and it firmed up…

Tomato: Yaponskiy Trufel Chernyi

One of my favorite tomatoes last season was the Japanese Trifele Black. After growing my first Cherokee Purple a few seasons ago, a lucky find from home depot, I was amazed by the depth of flavor, it was the tomato flavor I’ve been searching years for. I immediately began searching for other black and purple…

SÁRGABABFŐZELÉK or Wax Bean Stew

This is one of my favorite meals. Growing up I ate a lot of Fozelek which translates to “cooked  down” which would translate to “comfort food”.  If there is a large harvest of anything, too much to eat or is the type of vegetable that won’t keep well in the cellar, then “fozni le kell”  which means…

Pickled Radishes

Today was another hot day, I painted wood for the pergola over the deck, Ken began to install the beams. He dug and placed all the 4×4’s for the corners yesterday and while the paint was drying I repotted tomatoes. Chickens ran freely in the courtyard loving their time in the sun and foraging to…