Category Archives: garden

Crema de Aji Amarillo

After having Peruvian chicken and the Aji Amarillo sauce catered by Viva Chicken in Charlotte five years ago I started on growing the Aji amarillo peppers in the 2019 growing season but did not have a plan or energy to … Continue reading

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Aji Limón Single Varietal Tonic/Hot Sauce

The peppers were crowding the counter so it was time to blend the Aji Limón peppers that had been fermenting a couple of weeks.I dumped most of the very yellow peppers into the blender and added a bit of apple … Continue reading

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Aji Amarillo Single Varietal Tonic/Hot Sauce

The Aji amarillo peppers had been fermenting for a couple of weeks and the humidity had dropped some so there was a window for moving the blender outside to blend the peppers into a hot sauce or tonic. I split … Continue reading

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Watermelon, basil, rum spritzer

I was using up some watermelon and macerated it in a glass, added a bit of rum, fresh basil and some fizzy water but the result did not have much watermelon flavor. The result did not have very much watermelon … Continue reading

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Fermented aji limón peppers and cantaloupe selections

The pepper inventory was stacking up so it was time to ferment some aji limón and, separately, some aji amarillo peppers. The colors are still striking. The first cantaloupe this year had seeds with tetrad symmetry compared with last years … Continue reading

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Fried cucumbers

One knows that the cucumber harvest is overwhelming when one is making Tsatsiki, Gurkensalat and refrigerator pickles seemingly every other day and giving away cucumbers like they were zucchini that it must be time to try fried cucumbers. As simple … Continue reading

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Too many cucumbers

I can hardly keep up with our wall of cucumbers which means that I had to make Tsatsiki today, a simple Greek dip that I first enjoyed in Cologne Germany in the 80s at a Greek restaurant near 367 Berrenrather … Continue reading

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Approaching garlic independence

Our Chesnock Red hard neck garlic bulbs (from SESE) that I am cleaning after drying in the shed for a couple months are much larger than the 2018-2019 winter season. I am not sure if they were planted earlier, adapted … Continue reading

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Kim chi pickled beets with Aji Amarillo and Aji Limón peppers

I finally got to the farmer’s market beets in the frig and made up a kim chi batch with market onions and radishes and garden garlic, Aji amarillo and Aji limón peppers and store-bought ginger. (That is now three seasons … Continue reading

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Fermenting Aji amarillo peppers

The Aji amarillo pepper harvest was beginning to cover the counter so it was time to start fermenting the peppers for hot sauce by covering with sea salt in water (2.8 Tbsp/ quart). Now it is time to sit back … Continue reading

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