Saturday, May 30, 2009

The End of May

Prickley pear fruit frozen into cubes dunked into a bath of local grapefruit juice with a good measure of your favorite tequilia. A lovely Tucson summer beverage.
A 14 year old, 14 pound resident of my casa sniffs out the Cleveland mint

Yellow crook-neck basking in the sun.

Sabine, owner of Cafe Passe, enjoys serving locally grown salad to her chlorophyl starved customers.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Local Meat

Trapped with chicken pellets as bait, these six pigeons are 1/2 female and 1/2 male of varying ages.
To butcher a pigeon, apply the same skills as if it were a chicken, with the exception that feather removal requires no boiling water.

Pigeon has little to no fat, so a drier meat, therefore, less time to cook. First, marinate in olive oil and numerous herbs, followed by stuffing with what is available seasonally. Apple, fennel, onion and garlic were our choices. Bart with bacon, using dental floss (avoid mint flavored), insuring that the legs and wings are tucked in. Forget the salt, because it will toughen the meat and didn't require any after cooking. Do not overcook these darlings. Fifteen to 20 minutes at the most at 275 and broil afterwards for a minute or two to crispen the bacon.

The legs and wings are stringy but have soup stock potential.

Eatting my first pigeon. The results: breasts are the best; dense in flavor and high in qi.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

In My Kitchen

These local, free-range pigeons lived on my roof and dined in my chicken coop daily. Guess who's coming to diner?

Local olives, arugula and beets combined with homemade goat cheese make the perfect meal.

Acorns before they are washied,boiled, dried, and ground into flour.

To make goat feta, you add rennet, separate the curd from the whey, add some salt and maybe some fresh garlic and basil from your garden. Yum!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Today I want to show you some awesome shit!
Hey peps, you know I love shit, dung, turds, frass, biscuttes, poo, crap, caca. You name the shit and it's alright by me. Most recently I scored on some zoo poo, you know the giraffe, rhino, zebra and yes, in my hands in the picture below is my fave - an elephant turd. My tomatoes are loven' it and so are my red-wigglers. The next hot shit on the block is pigeon poo. Donning my respirator on an early Sunday morning to go scrap up from underneath a bridge some pigeon poo makes my weekend. It is better than rabbit and chicken shit for N-P-K
Great for citrus, and all fruit trees. go light on the veggies but not the tomatoes. They eat it up!
O Hoe