Harvesting on a hot August weekend in 2011

Our tomatoes are doing pretty well this year…
And for reasons quite unclear to me, the crows did not come for them this time…
When I am working in the potager, I love to pop these goodies into my mouth, just like that…

We had jalapenos before, from seedlings bought locally…
These are from seeds bought from LA last March…
They seem to be more spicy that those we had before…

Bought two seedlings of sweet peppers (shishito) in April…
Why not, as they were on sale…
They are very productive, giving us lots of pods almost every day…

The bell peppers are really tiny this time…
Guess they need more fertilizers…
I really like to eat moroheya… 
Am so happy that we have a big bush of moroheyas this year…
Apparently, their seeds are poisonous… no?

Seriously tried to grow Japanese mountain yam this year…Tried two species: the nagaimo (long type) and the jinenjo (wild mountain type)…Harvested some today…Wooh, had to dig and dig… deep… Yet, could not reach the bottom of some of them, especially the long type…Anyway my sweeto haato made this dish, mixing the moroheya and the yam…The taste was very smooth and very good…

Had tried to grow winged beans thrice with seeds brought from Malaysia…
Each time they began to flower, the cold came in and they perished…
This time, bought some seeds from an online shop…
And imagine how happy we are to see the flowers…
We are starting to chew on the beans now…  

Long beans have been a regular feature in our potager for years…
Unlike the wing beans, the seeds which I brought from my village in Malaysia, adapted very well to the climate here…
Still, the beans are rather skinny…

Along with long beans, Chinese chives are also a regular feature in our potager…
I put them in the perennial plot together with asparagus and black eye susans…
We just cut and cut while they grow and grow…
Tonight, my missus make one of my favorite dishes…
Pancake, Korean style aka chijimi, with ingredients being Chinese chives, jalapenos, dried shrimps…
Those jalapenos… they have a nice flagrance and they are not overly spicy…
Taken with grounded black sesame and vinegar sauce, wooh, the chijimi is heavenly…

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18 Responses to Harvesting on a hot August weekend in 2011

  1. Mr. H. says:

    Your veggies look great and I found myself most intrigued by the chijimi's you talked about. I even hunted down a recipe that incorporates kimchi into the mix and am excited to try it.

  2. One says:

    Lovely photos! I like the pancake your missus cooked. Haven't eaten anything like that for a very long time. Yesterday I watched a Japanese show entitled Tales of Ululu. I even considered visiting Japan after watching the spectacular scenery. Haha!

  3. Lrong says:

    Thank you Mr.H for dropping by… it is an honor… we sometimes put kimchi into the mix too… very good taste as well…One… I never get tired of the chijimi… was so excited that my missus cooked it without any 'warning'… Tales of Ululu?

  4. Wendy says:

    It all looks gorgeous!! I may have seen that mountain yam on Iron Chef. Is it really pasty or gooey when grated?

  5. Stephanie says:

    Your missus ok with hot chillies also? I love that pancake. Next time I must remember to add dried shrimps like you. Must be really yummy 😉 I had problem germinating pepper seeds. Wish I could grow pepper from seed as well as you do. Have a great week.

  6. Lrong says:

    Wendy… thank you for your compliments… yeap, the mountain yam is very 'sticky' and 'glue-ish'… I just had it raw this evening for dinner… very tasty…Stephanie… unlike many Japanese folks, my missus likes spicy stuff, sometimes more so than me… with dried shrimps, you probably will not go wrong… I really enjoy starting my plants from seeds although I have a lot of failures with them… and they do take quite a bit of time for them to germinate and grow… but the satisfaction is very high when successful… happy gardening…

  7. Autumn Belle says:

    The chijimi looks very delicious and nutricious. I wonder if the mountain yams can be used to cook tong shui or bo-bo-cha-cha.

  8. Mr. H. says:

    We made these last night and they were not only very, very good but surprisingly easy to make…thank you.

  9. I learn about chijimi in Japan, now I crave for some when you mentioned it. I had to confess the first day of puasa, I was harvesting cherry tomatoes and pop it into my mouth. Tottaly forgotten that I was fasting! That Yam sounds good to try with traditional kuih like kuih talam?

  10. Lrong says:

    Autumn Belle… I think if sun-dried well, maybe can be used as such…Mr. H… that was fast! Perhaps you can try some other (ingredient) combinations more that fit your taste buds more…Malay-Kadazan girl… am not sure if this yam is found in Msia but maybe can be used to make those cakes… Selamat Hari Raya to you and your loved ones!

  11. Cat says:

    Food always tastes better when prepared by someone you love! What a bounty you have…will you freeze all the peppers for use this winter?

  12. lina says:

    Those Korean pancake sure looks delicious! 🙂

  13. °º°º✿º° ✿Olá, amigo!O seu jardim é celestial e sua colheita também… os pratos preparados são convidativos….Beijinhos.Brasil°º°º✿º° ✿

  14. Lrong says:

    Cat… well said on the food tasting better… we froze some jalapenos before,especially those that we could not finish eating fresh…lina… very delicious they were… I'd grow fat if my missus cooks them often as I won't be able to control myself…Inês… I enjoy very much just to be in my garden… it is as you said, 'heavenly'…

  15. Your harvests never fail to make me want to get started with my vege patch. All I have to show today is basil. Small success compared to yours, but I'm happy.Envy you your chillies…they look so fresh!Rosie

  16. Malar says:

    Your veggies look great! he pancake look yummy!

  17. Lrong says:

    Rosie… if my pics and posts can entice you to do some serious veggie gardening, it will be a pleasure indeed.. yes, yes we are very happy with our chillies…Malar…thank you… I plan to request my missus to cook that again…

  18. Mrs.N says:

    Hi Lrong! Long time to hear! I have a question! Is it possible to grow bell peppers from store bought peppers? I saved the seeds from several bell peppers and want to plant them but I don't know if they will grow. In the states the vegetables are mostly hybrid and the seeds won't sprout. If I grow bell peppers from store bought seeds and save THOSE seeds…would that work? Could I plant those?

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