“Weapon cache”                                         Creamy delights

Finally lured by the robust neon-green sweet basil plants in the yard, I decided to create some pesto for dinner using our hand cranked blender. I’m planning to make more batches and freezing them to preserve the large basil harvest.

On Friday, one of the landscape maintenance men doing their weekly clean-up ritual at the neighboring school, came to our door and told JC that the huge banana cluster in the corner of our yard (and hanging so bright and luscious above the fence) had broken its stem on the school’s side so it needed to be harvested.

JC went to fetch it and came back lugging a 20 lb stalk of yummy bananas (Ice Cream variety). After tasting our first ever homegrown bananas, JM declared that she’s “now spoiled” and won’t like to eat store bought bananas again. Sheesh, what homegrown goodness does to the taste buds!

The yard is undergoing another dramatic transition as we once again evaluate what has worked well this year and what hasn’t. Right now, we’re removing the last ornamental peach tree that gave us just small green tasteless fruit. We hate killing anything, but sometimes things have to be sacrificed for better production, etc.   It’ll be replaced by a less messy and more useful tree.

The yellow guava is producing its heart out, so to use up these little tasty treats, I tried making some guava jelly. However, the end process was disappointing — so much pulp and seeds with so little juice!  I think the recipe would have worked had I used larger guavas (which are still to come).

Speaking of larger … we don’t want the ATF to know we’ve been “secretly” stockpiling huge and dangerous weapons — just kidding, but these trombocino squash (picture above) could definitely clobber someone … as people often like to comment.

JC harvested hundreds and hundreds of tiny little cinnamon yam seeds from the lovely heart-shaped leafy vine that drapes gracefully over the side fence. We’re thinking of selling them as we can’t possible use any more plants and these little seeds arequite expensive.

The green crops are forming colorful looking green rugs in the raised beds. The wide array of tasty greens are a welcome addition to the meals after a few months of summer squashes, beans, and all the veggies of the season. In the nippy mornings we harvest the desirable salad mix for our clients — my favorite “chore” is harvesting the arugula in the damp, crisp morning air. The sharp pungent smell is almost as good as smelling coffee in the morning.


We had a family screening of SuperSize Me the other day. It’s a very thought provoking documentary on how fast food chains are such an overwhelming part of our culture.  

Even if you have given up fast food, this documentary is a real eye-opener to what most Americans on the go eat.

The MickyD’s french fry experiment that is included on the special features (DVD version) had us all gaping in disbelief … oh, don’t want  to spoil it!    See it for yourself!


Path to Freedom presents…

_ 5pm_ Film to Be Announced.

_7pm_ Escape from Affluenza is a PBS special providing practical solutions to the problem of “affluenza” — an epidemic of stress, waste, overconsumption and environmental decay. Escape from Affluenza shows how some Americans are calling a halt to keeping up with the Joneses and abandoning the consumer chase. ( 50 min )

Affluenza affects everyone in our society. See how to apply an ounce of prevention….

When: Saturday, October 9, 5 – 8 pm

Where: the gardenLAb experiment

in the wind tunnel

art center college of design

950 south raymond, pasadena, california

Cost: Suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Weather Report: Cooler

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