Hot, hot, hot!


We planted a padron pepper plant this year and really enjoyed the small green peppers.  So tasty and with a nice little kick.

Then one day I made a risotto when a friend was visiting for the weekend and selected just one - bit larger than normal - padron pepper each which I blistered and served on top of the risotto to add a nice little crunch and kick.

Wow! We couldn't believe the difference in just the change of size compared to the heat of the pepper. Even the tiniest piece was incredibly hot!  None of us could eat it - so I was glad I only served the pepper whole and not cut up in anything!

Just another inch in length and they were so incredibly hot.

So we left the larger peppers on the plant and it now looks so pretty - with beautiful red peppers hanging on the all but dead plant.

I have decided to dry the red peppers and then grind them up to make them crushed red peppers, like you buy in the spice jars.  First taste of one I dried showed that it was, thankfully, milder than its green large form.


But in the meantime, I think they look so pretty  hanging on the plant.  I'm hoping they will sun dry but if there is a chance of rain, I'll bring them in and dehydrate them.

Have you ever tried padrons red? Should I be wary? Was the one I tried just an oddity?


Oh yes, and that is our wonderful arugula in the background of the photos.  Again that is super peppery - love it like that. Maybe that raised bed is destined to be hot stuff!
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Salad Days

To me, and possibly also my family, when I hear the expression "Salad Days" it takes me back to when I was a teenager and our involvement in a production of the musical of that name.  I always wanted to sing one of the songs in that musical "Summer and Sunshine and falling in love".  It wasn't because I was falling in love or anything like that - I just loved that song.  But that was sung by the lead, so I never did get to sing it.


The title of the musical refers to the expression "salad days" meaning a "youthful time, accompanied by the inexperiences, enthusiasm, idealism, innocence or indiscretion that one associates with a young person", or the "heyday when someone is at their peak".


Well, maybe my youth passed a little while ago, but at the moment it seems that every day is a salad day here at home.  This is because all our lettuces are growing sooooo well in our new raised beds, that we have salads - or at least green leafy veg, at every lunch and dinner, and often breakfast too, if we put them in a smoothie!



We have one crispy green lettuce, one red lettuce, cilantro, parsley, a European lettuce - that looks like grass (not our favorite) and some arugula.  It is all so vibrant and tasty when picked 5 minutes before you eat it.  Yum, yum. It makes me feel like I'm in my salad days!



I think maybe when I go out to pick my salad for dinner tonight, I'll have to sing "summer and sunshine" to the plants!!  What do you think?



Are you enjoying your salad days and getting lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet?  Green vegetables are low in calories and get the majority of their calories as protein.  When more of your protein needs are met from green vegetables, you get the benefit of ingesting a huge amount of critical, life-extending micronutrients.  Scientific research has shown a strong positive association between the consumption of green vegetables and a reduction of ALL the leading causes of death in humans. So make this summer your "salad days" and feel like you are in your heyday.
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Everything is tickety-boo


It's  time again for my weekly post ( except I missed last weeks!) where I share with you the things that have happened this week that make me feel that "everything is tickety-boo". 


"Tickety-boo" is not just a feeling, it is a state of mind.  It doesn't mean that everything has be wonderful, just that you look for the good in your life and focus on that.   It's all about valuing the good things around you;  a way of looking beyond difficult things and appreciating the often simple, little things that make a difference.

As I write my "everything is tickety-boo" post each week, I hope you'll get the idea and take time to think about what has happened to you this past week and what made you feel tickety-boo. Here's my list:





  • taking time in nature.
  • attending a wonderful conference
  • the warmth of the sun
  • watching the turtles in the pond
  • helping someone be inspired to make big life changes
  • eating vibrant foods
  • experiencing the healing qualities of food
  • eating loads of lettuce, arugula and cilantro freshly picked from our garden
  • getting good customer service
  • waking up and going out to harvest my breakfast
  • hearing the bees buzzing

Hope yours has been a great week too.
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