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Camping, cooking, gardening...

Back from two days in the wild, more or less, probably more less than more, but still fun. Yew Grove--church's pagan group--had a, oh, 16-person campout, of which 6 of them were soooo many rambunctious little children that wouldn't fit in the large kettle I brought. Beautiful land, the UU church has a wonderful ranch up near Kerrville, a pretty two-hour drive through Johnson City and Fredericksburg. Big, sprawling ranch, very high in the hills, with a sort of mini-lake-cistern-pool, a few labyrinths (didn't see those), and a small supply of wild pigs.

Cooked breakfast for the crowds both days--buttermilk pancakes, breakfast tacos. Pretty good stuff, actually didn't go over my mental budget and was reimbursed, with money left over to throw back at the cabin kitchen.

Made Whines stop (well, I was driving, so I made Whines put up with me stopping) at every gardening shop from Austin to Kerrville. I'd just gotten an "exotic culinary herbs" book, and there were a few neat-sounding plants that were up to Austin's heat levels (I'm amazed that a lot of herbs don't thrive in Austin because it isn't hot *enough...*)

Anise Hyssop, a pretty heart-shaped-leaf plant with spires of purple, nectar-rich edible flowers. The flowers taste like anise/licorice and mint, and the leaves are pretty heavily anise-flavored too, and rubbing your hands against them makes you smell like candy :)
Purple chili pequines, we'll see how those do. I really like chili pequines in concept, they're such cute little peppers.
Vick's Plant, a plant that strongly smells like vick's vap-o-rub, and some websites say can be used for same...I'm not sure about that, though, more research is required.
Egyptian, or walking, onions: What a fun plant! It grows from an oniony bulb, sends out a stalk, then grows a little bulb on the end of the stalk, tilts down, and plants itself :) It's apparently like some sort of mega-chive, flavor-wise. I'm looking forward to playing with this in the kitchen.


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May. 5th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I've also got some culinary sage to spare. I noticed the other day that some of the stems have fallen over onto the ground and rooted. It's done well in my Darwinian garden.
May. 5th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've never really had a desire to plant any sage--it seems to just taste like plant flavor, to me, and I haven't used it much in recipes (I'm sure if I HAD some, I'd plant it...)

One I'm probably going to go questing for this weekend, purslane. It's apparently the highest plant for omega-3 fatty acids, and since I actively avoid fish, it might be a useful thing to add to my life. Plus, it grows like a weed. I don't WANT to take another trip to "It's About Thyme," though, that's such a 10-mile drive...maybe if I'm already going to my mom's house on Stassney...
May. 5th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Cool! I didn't know about that!
May. 5th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I think, in about four months, i'll have about a bazillion walking onions to trade for things :)
May. 5th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I've never grown them, but they sound like fun.

I've got nasturtiums and lemon balm too, if those interest you.
May. 5th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Are nasturtiums just flowers, or are they functional in some meaningful way?

Lemon balm--I've got one of them growing. For some reason, it's a plant I've never been able to get take off, but it's pretty and has such a nice warm smell...I prefer lemon verbena for that, but LV doesn't seem to spread.
May. 5th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
They're pretty flowers, and both the leaves and the blooms are edible. They taste somewhat peppery - I like to cut up a few leaves and throw them in with a bunch of lettuce and baby spinach. They're too strong to eat a whole salad of, by themselves.
I planted them by the front of my raised veggie beds, and they're cheerfully cascading down the front. They'd also probably look nice in a raised pot (you can grow them on flat ground too, but then you loose the neat effect).
I think I heard somewhere that they're supposed to help keep away some kind of detrimental bug, but I can't remember which one, and I may have just made it up.
May. 5th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun :) I'll steal some from you when I work out a hostage exchange with the stevia and purslane. my yard might get a little cluttered soon :)
May. 5th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh--are you going to want any lemon grass plants? I've been rooting a dozen of them that I got from the asian grocery store. It looks like about four of them have taken off so far.
May. 5th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Four is probably just enough to start your own patch. I'll take some from you once they've had a chance to spread, though. :)
May. 7th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
oh hey,

i have some baby aloe's coming out of my aloe-of-doom; if you want a couple, they're yours :)
May. 7th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Sure, though I usually kill aloe, I'm getting better...
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