We are starting our seeds…or some of them today. The ones that need to be transplants before we put them outside, are slowly being planted in small containers. We use fruit cups or tiny yogurt containers and punch holes in the bottom. We use starter mix as this form of medium as it is not as dense as potting soil. If the seeds sit for a long time in wet soil they will rot. This size is ideal for the wee seeds. The three type of seeds we are concerned with today are Chervil, Hamburg Parsley and Poached Egg Plants. These seeds were sent to us from the Flowery Prose blog. Cheryl lives in Alberta so our climates are similar.
Sunflower…does not take long to start sprouting and grows huge quickly so we will leave it till the last.
Chervil or Anthriscus cerefolium is similar to parsley. The leaves have a mild aniseed taste. Chervil has medicinal and culinary uses. In French cuisine, it is one of the four herbs, along with chives, tarragon, and parsley, which make up the delicate bouquet “fines herbes”.Hamburg Parsley or Petroselinum crispum. Germination may take up to three weeks. Hamburg parsley is grown for its parsnip like root but the leaves can be used as well because they taste like parsley. It takes 3 to 4 months for Hamburg Parsley to mature.
Poached Egg Plant: or Limnanthes douglasiiThe poached egg plant is an annual that is easy to grow and is recommended for children to grow as they are getting used to the thrill of gardening..The plant usually bears white flowers with yellow centers, hence the name “poached egg plant”,
We have started the transplants for this summer….at least some of them. We plant the transplants outside in the first or second week of June when any chance of night frost has passed. You know I could jump in the tray and play scatter the dirt. MOL Oh My…did I say that out loud? I don’t know what came over me. I even look guilty.
Have a spring like day. May the clouds pee all over you! MOL. Good grief, what makes me say these things?
It’s that day of the week where mom practices her artistic talent….usually with less than stellar results. Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty is putting on the artsy blog hop. Jump over to her dimension and view all the artsy anipals in Blogville. Simply click on the highlighted name of the blog hop and you’ll see your friends.
Mom decided to take this picture of Kali and I and play around with it. Shoko was afraid her straw would roll off her legs and I’d get it. MOL You should see that thing….holes up and down it and it’s bent where she sat on it.
The next trick was to make the picture oval. Pretty snazzy looking ladies, eh?
The lively colouring of the art effect was added.. Mom chose the Yarn Effect. We’re made of yarn. I don’t like it Kali…..I look stringy. It’s different Shoko. Mom is trying to be versatile. I still don’t like it.
Finally mom tried the Floating Art Effect for Shoko.
There we go. I’m happy now. I look fetching. Ya, go fetch me a nipitini sis. MOL
Fozziemum and Piglove are our fabulous hosts for Shopping Around The World. This month we are making one dish meals.
Mom decided to make a shrimp casserole. After trying Sammy’s Shrimp Salad, mom has discovered the tasty joys of shrimp cooking. Of course, this is Sammy from One Spoiled Cat.
We are ready for some dancin’ and sliddin in the kitchen. Right mom, OK…. this is serious business. We’re ready for some Chopin… I mean choppin’ and whiskin’. I been whiskin’…MOL Just whiskin’….whiskin’my day away. Shrimp Casserole:
Sidekicks $1.25 (ON SALE) half an onion (cupboard)
celery,1 stalk (fridge)
carrots,4 small (garden)
beet greens 4 small (garden)
red peppers,3 small (greenhouse)
peas, handful (garden)
beans,8 fresh (garden)
Shrimp 1 300 g. pkge. or (2 shrimp rings….$9.98) Only use 1 box.
I do believe that’s all the ingredients my friends.
With the sidekicks, cook them as the pkg. states. As these are cooking, cut up your mushrooms, onion, celery and red pepper and sauté them in 1 tbsp. of olive oil. TIP: If you have someone in your household that picks veggies out of the mixture so they don’t have to eat them, chop everything small. These folk don’t stand a chance in Hades of getting anything out. MOL Your sidekicks should be ready. Pour the whole thing into your casserole dish and stir. It’s the only thing in there so one swish otta do er. Add your sautéed onion, green peppers, mushrooms and celery. These veggies should be just bendable, they will finish cooking in the casserole and the juices will float about in the mixture. Now you will need to pick some beans, peas, carrots and beet greens. For most folks they can grab a handful of frozen peas and beans and go with that. A few carrots from produce would be nice. If, these are uncooked, partially cook them and add to the mixture. The carrots can be shaved into the casserole or chopped, or anyway you prefer them. You can also add leftovers from the fridge if they would go together. Any added veggies should be cooked for about 10 minutes or long enough for the veggie to be just slightly soft. No chocolate and beans….it sounds ghastly!
The final ingredient to add is your shrimp. Mom always seems to get shrimp with the tails on them. This is very unpleasant when chowing down on the casserole so you want to remove the tails. I sent Kali to pull all the tails off the shrimp because it is so boring. She is playing…”he loves me…loves me not…loves me…” thinking of her beau Buddy from the Tomcat Commentary by Tim.
hehe…this isn’t a Persian meal Kali. I know but when’s mom going to make a Persian dish? Thought I’d take this opportunity to show off my new Persian garb.
Cook the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. If the casserole starts to look dry add some water…1/4 cup and stir like you’re on nip. After 15 minutes add the tailless shrimp and cook for another 10 minutes.
What are those black blobs in there, mom? You didn’t grab a few beetles and through them in, did you? You know Kali probably didn’t get all the tails off the shrimp so they’ll be a little crunchy anyways. No mom…..sorry. Mom said I was being rude so I’m really sorry, there are no bugs in this casserole, nada….none. PSSSST….mom burnt the red pepper! MOL Bring on the shrimp mom! We’re waiting patiently.