Archive for October 2012

Meatloaf Means Love

If it were not for meatloaf or mac n’ cheese where would we be???

These dishes are not only iconic but are, in my opinion, two of the greatest comfort foods, excepting martinis of course! OK, OK, martinis are not actually food, unless you like yours with an olive!

My go-to meatloaf is yummy, really easy to put together and I would love to share the recipe with you.** A good meatloaf can be served hot for a comforting dinner with everybody’s old favourite, mashed potatoes , or served room temperature on a warm day with a green salad or better yet, a wonderful potato salad. There is a delicious lemon potato salad in my recipe section and I would really like you to try it. I think it is one of the best potato salads ever, especially if you use Sieglinde potatoes. **

My husband swears by meatloaf sandwiches!

**To make my go-to meatloaf, please see Phyllis’ Meatloaf.
**If you would like to make the potato salad, please go to Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad.

Harvest 2012

It seems fitting that I should grow tomatoes, being sort of addicted to them!

This year another attempt was made growing San Marzano’s from seed. I blame the poor harvest on the awful, wet, cold spring this year and that San Marzano’s need to be grown in Sicily!  Luckily, the best tomato ever, Sun Gold’s,  came along quite nicely to make me feel a lot better!

Next year, there will be no growing from seed. That’s it. My mom always grew tomatoes from seed and would give me as many plants as I wanted. THEY always did well. I am giving it up. That’s what the Farmer’s Market is for isn’t it? A decision has been taken and we will only grow 3 Sun Golds and 2 red cherry tomatoes next year. I can’t endure another tomato crop failure, so will plant some pepper plants! Tomato guy at the Farmer’s Market has fabulous tomatoes, so I will buy plum tomatoes for roasting, so there!

A number of years ago, I saw an advertisement from a garden centre about apple trees specifically developed to be grown in pot. Wow, I thought, how cool would that be, to have apples growing in our back yard so I bought two trees.
Every spring they are covered with the most fragrant blossoms and the bees love them and we love that the bees love them. Of course, being an apple orchardist, I fret over the little tiny apples as they are developing, hoping for a good crop. Then, here comes the “weather”!

Before you know it, it’s that dreaded time. I have to remove apples if there are more than two on a cluster. This is hard. I feel awful. But, if you don’t do it, you end up with nothing but small apples. It’s a dilemma for sure! Like I said, earlier, the life of an orchardist can be rough! We had a great crop this year. Juicy, tasty, sweet apples and the best part, shared with friends.