Saturday, January 14, 2017

The garden again and a wasp nest

Had to get a foto of the palm berries before the branch falls off. I've never seen quite so many. Some will sprout new palms where they fall. Before the berries form they are a mass of flowers that attract bees. While there I cut one frond that was hanging in the walkway and behind it was a wasp nest. I just took a foto and will post it below when I get it off the camera. The nest is too high to reach and I don't have wasp spray so I guess they will stay for awhile. 

The papayas are not quite ripe but Lorena says we should cut it and bring it inside before the birds get it. Can't remember what happen on the last batch. The tree is up against the wall and held with a wire because it almost fell over a while back.

Here's the wasp nest. Hugo puts a plastic bag over them and burns them but I think I'll look for wasp spray before I try anything

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Rosca de Reyes

Three Kings Day is coming up this Friday and I had planned on buying a cake today. However, my car is going to the mechanic again today because it overheated yesterday. No idea how long it will be there and I need a car to bring the cake home. Lorena said buy it early because the price goes up on the last day.

I couldn't make the car overheat today .... and the Rosca's de Reyes won't be here until "maybe tomorrow" and for sure Friday. Guess that assures they will be fresh.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Makings for Tamales and Atole

Tamales and Atole is a traditional Christmas Holidays meal. We were going to make them last night but Lorena's grandmom took a fall and taking care of her would have made it too late. We are going to try again today and hopefully I can photograph the process.

You can buy Masa at the tortilla shops but Lorena prefers to make it herself because it's lighter. Requires water and hot cooking oil .... we'll see. The packets are for Atole which is also a masa-based drink served hot. She wanted strawberry flavor but they only had vanilla. To be continued.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Easy banana bread

Not the best foto but bread was excellent 

I decided to postpone my yeast bread attempts and tried Lorena's suggestion of banana bread. No yeast, just baking soda and it was so easy. Luckily I had a little vanilla left but when I went for the almonds I found the kids left me 5. We ate most of it last night and Nahina wants to come over for one more piece today. No that's not a machete, it's a bread knife. Will make more of it but need to go shopping. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

What's up in the garden

The garden has become pretty prolific this year. It's just about the end of the season for the Carambola (star fruit) but have had lots and the neighbors got their share. 

The papaya is really taking it's time, both trees. The one in the foto is tied to the wall due to being top heavy and heavy rain.

Two banana plants and they both have about as many bananas as in the foto. They too are taking their time. They grow in such a large clump I can't remember if they are the small super sweet ones or the  regular ones

The lime trees are also very slow and produced very little this summer. The first year I couldn't eat them all soo neighbors got some. Fingers crossed this year because one tree is full of flowers.

The Hoja Santa is huge and new plants are popping up around it. The roots send out runners. Asked my Canadian neighbor if she wanted one and she said "No Way" ..... they will take over your garden. Still haven't tried cooking with the leaves. You can wrap just about anything in them and then grill or bake them. Supposed to have an almost root beer flavor. Wiki gives these as possible flavors - eucalyptus, licorice, sassafras, anise, nutmeg, mint, tarragon and black pepper.

The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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