And then one day he was growin’ some food
When up from the ground come a mountin’ of doo…soil, that is. Black gold. Earthy.
Well, the next thing you know, ol’ J’s a ‘farmer extraordinaire
His kinfolks said, ‘Jed, please give us a share!’ They said ‘Californey is the place we oughtta be’, so he and his family stayed near Beverly…Hills, that is.
Swimmin’ pools…movie stars.
– The original ditty courtesy The Beverly Hillbillies
Having a close kinship with Laura Ingalls and the Little House on the Prairie serie, a common joke around our household is that we are akin to another TV counterpart The Beverly Hillbillies : Justin (Jethro) is big, strong and kind; Jordanne, like Elly May, is a lover, caretaker of animals, bringing in all sorts of strays and hurt animals; Jules, as the head of the clan, got the notion to start off on this journey; Me, well, I am Granny who’s always brewing or whipping up vittles in the kitchen (not to mention I got the granny boots and gumption to prove it.).
Heck, we did feel like some dang hillbillies when we first moved to Pasadena from our 10 acre plot in the South. Why? Cuz we took our countrified ways along with us to the city and we sure did get a few stares — for the longest while.
Well, times are a changing and there’re not many stares anymore; heck, there’re even tv folks that are interested. Can you gander that!
A few months back, we got a call out of the blue from the Food Network – they wanted to drop off two chefs on the urban homestead to make a meal from what was growing out in our “back forty (feet)” and prepare the vittles (no possums were harmed) without all the modern new fangled gizmos and gadgets. Instead harvesting what they needed and using the limited and home canned ingredients we had in the kitchen and preparing and cooking using little or no appliances, hybrid solar oven, bike blender and more.
We didn’t have much of part in the filming – just basically a location for a foodie challenge for these here chefs from the big city.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
They wanted us to throw a dinner party and of course we were like “no, problem we will invite our friends over for a homegrown shindig” Ah, but the producers had different ideas – this was supposed to be a challenge and they asked if we could do better than that. Ok. So we had to find foodies that we’d like to impress so we called up and contacted LA area foodies and invited them to dinner.
The chefs were good sports and commented after that is was certainly a challenge but they loved every minute of it and were just so inspired to be transported back in time for the few hours that they were here.
Episode “It Ain’t Easy Being Green” airs Friday night (May 7) on the Food Network and features many a local foodie! Thanks to all who participated at the dinner.
Check out more photos from the FOOD Network filmathon.
Oh and we don’t have cable so will have to hear how it went from ya’ll who do!
Lights, camera, action! The urban homestead’s kitchen gets taken over by cast and crew
The chefs are sent out back to picking their own veggies
Food preparation on the back porch
Chef Brian in action
Jordanne & I sit in the living room (which transformed into “Mission Control”) and watch all the happenings going on in the kitchen
Lemon muffins bake in the hybrid solar oven- sold on our urban homestead shoppe
In goes the vegetable lasagna into the earthen oven
Dinner ready yet? Local foodies get ready for dinner
Showing off the food (trombonicno squash sold on our online seed store) and digging in
Sampling “home preserves” from the pantry
Once again the episode It Ain’t Easy Being Green airs Friday night (May 7) on the Food Network airs – check local listings for time.
But, wait – there’s more! Check out more photos from the Food Network’s filmathon.