Homemade vegetable lasagna

Diet of an Urban Homesteader

To answer a reader’s question: “what’s B, L & D stand for?”

Answer: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Highlights, this week on the urban homestead we enjoy the return of mixed greens to our diet, and for a special Roshashana dish, made two large pans of vegetable lasagna.   Since we are still harvesting figs we tried out a new fig recipe and it was delicious – another practical and simple way to use figs.


B – buckwheat pancakes made with homelaid eggs (new chickens are laying!)

D – homemade w.w. tortillas, homemade spanish rice made with homegrown tomatoes, peppers, green onions served with sautéed homegrown peppers


B – homemade granola

L – leftovers from Saturday’s dinner

D – leftover rice from Saturday with leftover sun cooked black beans served with homegrown peppers, tomatoes and avocado


B – homemade granola

L – homegrown avocado and tomato sandwich served on sprouted grain bread

D – organic mac & cheese topped with homegrown tomatoes, peppers and green onions


B – homemade granola

L – fig quesadillas (homemade w.w. flour tortilla) homegrown figs, tomatoes, peppers, green onions with raw cheese

D – fig pasta dish made with homegrown figs and sweet basil, w.w. spaghetti, parmesan cheese and pecans served with homegrown lemon cukes


B – homemade granola

L – leftover fig pasta dish from Tuesday with homemade “no knead” bread

D – vegetable lasagna made with homegrown eggplant, tomatoes, green onions, peppers and homemade tomato sauce served with homegrown mixed salad greens


B – buckwheat pancakes made with homelaid eggs served with homegrown canned peaches

L – leftover cold vegetable lasagna

D – leftover, sun warmed (in solar oven) vegetable lasagna served with homegrown mixed salad greens


B – homemade granola

L – organic baked potato topped with homegrown fresh tomatoes, peppers, green onions and raw cheese

D – w.w. spaghetti topped with homemade tomato sauce (made with homegrown sweet basil, herbs, green onions, tomatoes, peppers) served with homemade “no-knead” bread and homegrown mixed salad greens



Another Satisfied Customer

Subject: olla gratitude

Today the Dervaes Olla Fairies visited our home! How exciting it was to arrive home to see the Peddler’s Wagon having made a stop. This triples our olla capability! (I measure all things in olla units now.). Thank you so much for the thoughtfulness of coming by. By the end of the weekend I’ll have lettuce and onions and cilantro and parsley and carrots and chard and pea pods all getting their seeds happlily started. Thank you for your inspiration and your homestead-tested garden goods. Next on our garden planning is the front lawn. Ooooooh-I’m nervous but I think I’m ready. And again, please let us know if there is specific support (or muffins or piano playing or bread baking or muscle or ??? we can contribute.) Our very best thoughts to the whole family
– K & D of “Casa Manzanita”

Thanks K & D for the positive comments and generous offer to help.   We truly appreciate your support and offer. Glad to see another fall yet under the olla spell. You can’t have just one of these little clay beauties. 😉

Fall beauties

Eating From Our Back (and Front) Yard

As the last days of summer wind down, there’s a hint of fall in air. Here on the urban homestead we urban pioneers savor each and every fresh tomato, cucumber, squash, eggplant that comes in knowing this will be the last time we have many such vegetables in their fresh form until next year.   We have a little motto that we’ve stuck by for nearly a decade “if it’s not growing in the garden we don’t eat (nor buy) it.”   So, when there no more peaches or corn to pick, well that’s it… till next year.   Sure we’ll eat peaches in other forms – canned, frozen but not fresh.   As the seasons change our so does our diet reflect the changes brought on by natural rhythms.

With this seasonal diet one learns first hand how it is to be patient and anticipate.    What a feeling you get when you finally taste a fresh homegrown tomatoes after months of waiting. It’s all about discipline and sacrifice , walking right by and resisting buying those isle of brightly colored “organic” produce that a local health food store stocks all year round. It’s all about being content with what’s growing our garden at this moment. Sure, we aren’t able to grow everything (just now) but when it comes to produce and fruit we do our best not to purchase anything other than the “staples” — onions and potatoes.

Light Posting
Journal posts will be light this week due to a filming schedule that will take up a couple days.   Should be interesting.  We’ll see what comes of it.

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: KH $15.00 & DH $20.00 for their



Lack of play hurting children’s mental health, experts warn {Canada.com}

All is not well in the playgrounds of the world, says an international group of child therapists, including several prominent Canadians.In a letter published Sunday in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, 270 professionals blame “the marked deterioration in children’s mental health” on an overprotective society and too much “sedentary entertainment.”
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California city may force to reuse water {PressDemocrat}

Santa Rosa finally may have found the way to get rid of unwanted wastewater: Adopt a law to force people to take it.
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Not so good news:
Pasadena to increase fluoride in water {In Focus}

Santa Rosa finally may have found the way to get rid of unwanted wastewater: Adopt a law to force people to take it.
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[ Why? Read Weston Price’s articleFluoridation: The Fraud of the Century ]
Water Conservation is Critical {In Focus}

Pasadena (and all of Southern California) is facing one of the toughest water situations to date. Locally we’ve had the lowest rainfall level since 1878 and our sources up north are just as dry! Pasadena Water and Power pumps about 40 percent of our local water supply from the ground and imports the rest from Northern California via MWD.
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Taste, nutrients decline as size of crops grows {SeattlePI}

When it comes to eating fruits, vegetables and grain, bigger is not better for you.A report issued this week examined several recent studies by food scientists, nutritionists, growers and plant breeders. It found clear evidence that as the produce we eat gets larger, its vitamins, minerals and beneficial chemical compounds significantly diminish, as do taste and aroma.
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Warming ‘opens Northwest Passage’ {BBC}

The most direct shipping route from Europe to Asia is fully clear of ice for the first time since records began, the European Space Agency (Esa) says.
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Dark Village {BBC}

High-tech Taiwan is one of the world’s most wired societies and one of the globe’s largest economies. So it is something of a surprise to discover that there is still one place where people live – along Taiwan’s sparsely-populated east coast – which is not connected to the electricity grid and has no access to power.
… “Without electricity, people get together after work; they share things with each other, tell stories. e talks of a special community spirit, which he fears may disappear forever. “Without electricity, people get together after work; they share things with each other, tell stories. I think it’s a better life.””It’s not necessary to have electricity. You can wash clothes by hand. With no TV, we have more time to chat and discuss together.” And even though the women spend much of the time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning by hand, mother-of-four Okoc is also reluctant to see change. “I like things the way they are. Here we use oil lanterns, like in the old times. It seems better like that. If you had power, you wouldn’t be able to see all the stars, and all the natural living things, like frogs and other animals, would run away.”
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Railroad Ties {LATimes}

Making time for rail travel—and a boy on the brink—aboard the northbound Coast StarlightTime is different on a train. This is travel for its own sake, in which the getting there is as important as the arriving, and we’re immersed in an unfolding process, the process of our passage through space and time. It’s what I’ve always loved about rail travel, the idea that on a long ride, the train becomes a cocoon, a place carved from the world where there is nothing to do but hang out.
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[Being longtime train travelers ourselves, we can relate to such a journey and have a few “train tales.” How about the time our train was 26 hours late into LA’s Union Station? That was a train trip to remember – tense, frustrated passengers all stuck in the middle of nowhere with little food, low power… Amtrak almost had a mutiny on hand. Unfortunately for some this was their first and last trip on ever plagued Amtrak.   ]

Planting the seeds of conservation {LATimes}

As Long Beach cracks down on water usage, residents seek to learn to garden with less.
Ellen Keys knows about drought. She grew up during the Great Depression in Sallisaw, Okla., depicted in the early pages of “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck’s epic saga of drought and poverty.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Love your ideas for using figs. We often enjoy fresh figs on pizza. We make the dough, then use homemade pesto as a base, and then top with quartered figs, green peppers (or any other vegetable), and, if we feel like, cheese.

  2. Lucy says:

    Your links for the news articles are all mixed up! The Santa Rosa one doesn’t show up at all.

  3. Kim Campbell says:

    Duh! lololol! Thanks for answering!!

  4. Kristie says:

    I think this is the 5th or 6th time I’ve purposely come to this post to look at that veggie lasagna. I’m going to have to make it! It looks SO delicious!