Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Composting Adventure!

Are all you Southern veggie lovers enjoying this interesting weather?  I know someone said the S word (snow) was in the forecast for some parts of Louisiana.  Wow!  Well that hasn't stopped my son and I from putting together a compost bin.  At our old house I had an outdoor compost heap complete with worms, that we would throw scraps on and then turn over with leaves.  I loooooved it because I would use the worm castings as fertilizer for my herb garden.  Being a Southern Veg Girl,  I not only love cooking, but also growing my food.  Since moving, I've missed my old routine.  Luckily, I found a video on YouTube by the Garden Girl, Patti Moreno.  Look her up if you want information on gardening in urban environments or small spaces. 

So the other day, my son and I bought two boxes of red wiggler worms and an 18 gallon storage bin, drilled holes on the sides and bottom, put a piece of cardboard at the bottom, added dirt, worms, and leaves and voila', a compost bin.  My son is uber excited and I am looking forward to great fertilizer from the worm castings.  Check out my newest video to your left or on my YouTube channel, Southernveggirl.  Unfortunately the sound on my video is a little off but you still get to see what we did and my littlest one joining in on the fun.  Take Care!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

From my lips to Gods ears!

Since we speak things into existence, I am waving my magic wand and bringing forth a home with land attached where I can plant my garden and give cooking classes using the foods we picked.  I would like to have my own little cooking school.  Hmmm sounds nice!  Anyhoo, tonight was a red bean night but I didn't cook them long enough in the pressure cooker.  Oh well :-)  Live on,  Eat well!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Meatless Meatball Heaven

Tonight for dinner we had bar-b-que meatballs, potato salad, and kale.  Sorry no pics, we ate before I had a chance to get my camera.  :-( But,  I did want to share what I used for the meatballs.  These are Nate's meatless meatballs.  I used the classic flavor and made my own sauce.  I sauteed onions, shallots, and garlic with olive oil then added a cup of ketchup,  tbsp of molasses, tsp of agave, tsp of mustard, tsp soy sauce.   To taste I added, garlic powder, hot sauce, paprika, and a dash of ginger.  I added water to thin it out a little.  Stirred and simmered and then poured the sauce over the meatballs in a baking dish and then put them in a 350 oven for 20 mins.  Heaven!