Archive | July, 2011

Invasive Species Recipe

26 Jul

I went out to harvest some tomatoes the other day and look what greeted me.


So I did some research for my little problem.

A while back, a genius article was written in the New York Times about how we should be eating invasive species, titled, A Diet for an Invaded Planet, authored by James Gorman.

After all, our beloved tomatoes are really just a weed we figured out how to make lots of delicious things with. Why not weed-like animal species that do-no-good and over run native species of, say, the indigenous red squirrel? It’s called an eco-culinary frisson. Vegans, freegans, locavores – meet the invasivores.

What do squirrels do that is beneficial?  They’re just rats with fluffy tailmuffs keeping that scaly tail cute. They used to feed the coyote and mountain lions before we took over this area.

So I found a recipe. It sounds good and I’d like to encourage the cooking of.  Plus, I like the humor of the author.

  • 2 hindquarters per person.
  • Wrap in bacon with a sprig of rosemary or sage inside each.
  • Place on a bed of onions, bell peppers and mushrooms.
  • Pour chicken stock in bottom of pan with a splash of sherry and sliced chestnuts (just for the irony).
  • Cover and bake in a low oven for about four hours or so.

I’m always adding to recipes – even before I test/taste them. So I would take it a step further and braise the drumsticks in a nice, honey-nut, peanut sauce (pay-backs a bitch!) and skip the chicken sherry cooking stock.

It’s said to taste like lean, firm rabbit. Tho there are many interesting comments by readers at the blog, squirrel stew. Just type those key words into if you’re feeling frustrated by the squirrels eating all the fruits of your garden love. And next time you see a squirrel in your garden, you’ll smile.

Happy Cooking!


My Zebra tomato had it’s 1st child.

2 Jul

It’s so beautiful I don’t want to eat the first born. Just take pictures of it. Maybe iconize it in acrylic on canvas.

I did my usual horse-manure spread, followed by augmenting the soil with feathers and gobs of half rotten seaweed from my walks on the beach (I often wonder what people think when they see me collecting fly encrusted blobs of seaweed?) * I pick up trash as I go too, cause it infuriates me so, not to mention the obvious. Anyways, I read these ingredients off the $20 an oz dime-bag of soil they were selling at the tomato show.  Also included are seashell fragments and then water with my usual stinky pot, sun tea ‘secret mixture’ as needed.

My 1st Zebra Tomato

More tomatoes than I’ve ever grown! And I’ve grown heirloom tomato’s before. I’d get 1 or 2 then the plant would get some weird white stuff on it’s leaves, wither up and die. Did I mention I’m an organic gardener? I use a lot of stinky shit.

Yes. I’m going to use swearwords, street slang, acronyms I make up and whatever else. Sometimes things just need to be expressed that way. BUT I am also going to use words I had to look up cause they’re so super-cool, when I read the New York Times. (My favourite bedtime reading S.P.). And yes – that’s the Canadian spelling of favorite. Mix it up to keep it interesting…

And if I get a decent following: I might, maybe, one day, print the recipe 4 my secret stinky sun-tea mix to explode UR

roses, fruit trees and veggies in your garden. So please follow me on F.B. Twitter and here! Thanks for reading. GARDEN ON!!!