Friday, August 24, 2007

Simply Tasty

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Copyright Rita Woodburne

I just have to breathe a sign of relief, dear reader, since we’ve finally had some substantial rain and the lawn is no longer crunching when I walk on it. Grass should never crunch.

There’s not much to share with you in terms of garden maintenance today. Just keep picking your veggies to keep the plants productive into this last bit of summer and be sure to remove any plants that may have gone “past their prime”. Some of those plants may include cucumber, beans, tomatoes (maybe), early and mid season corn, etc. Basically anything that looks dead. While that may seem obvious it’s worth noting because some folks keep the “dead” plants in the garden, perhaps so they only have to do one big clean-up, but those plants are still pulling nutrients from the soil which is taking away from your plants that are still being productive. So take ‘em out and chuck them off to the side or compost them.

In addition to that littel tidbit, today I’ll share with you a really basic and tasty recipe for a salad that we had last week-end while we were camping. It'll help you use up all those tomatoes and cucumbers that you're starting to get sick of and/ or can't even give away to neighbours at this point... 'cause they're sick of them too.

Our bedroom, kitchen, family room and patio last week-end at Silent Lake.

Tomato Cucumber Salad

2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, diced
2 tbsp. Rice vinegar
1 cup crumbled or shredded feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl, cover and let marinate for approx. 2 hours then enjoy!

For a variation, and perhaps depending on what ingredients you have on hand, you can substitute balsamic vinegar for the rice vinegar and use mozzarella cheese in place of the feta. When I made these substitutions I also added some Italian seasoning for flavour and because I have an enormous surplus of cherry tomatoes I used them in place of the “regular” tomatoes.

I’ll be back next week with more art, hopefully the completed wolf piece, and some end of summer blog info. Until then, enjoy your week-end!

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