Thursday, June 23, 2011

Well, They're Both Green!

Here a cute swallowtail caterpillar on the fennel out in the front garden.  This was a bronze fennel just like the one in the back, but it has reverted to green.  Who cares if it attracts these darlings!  We got some heavy rain today and it disappeared for a time and now is hanging upside down again munching away!  Glad we could give it some food.  Did I mention Jekka's in town?  Oh, you know I did.  The Herbal Husband is always glad when we have company coming, semi-clean house!  I'm bringing Jekka by to see the garden before she goes home on Saturday.  I left her to her devices today.  I think there were enough people she didn't miss me.  Have a full day of fun tomorrow and Jekka's speech and book signing and then my herbal friend, Kathleen Gips is in town as well.  Going to help her with her presentation as Lady Catherine.  Plus, I just heard Susanna Reppert from The Rosemary House is coming west.  Jim Long is here.  I'm sure I'll be telling you more tomorrow!  We have an herbal dinner at the wonderful Grand Concourse.  It should be a great day.  Will have photos tomorrow.
Jekka asked me last night if I had tried the arugula pesto recipe in her new cookbook.  Well, no, oh yes, we have and it is delish!  We sort of made it our own.  We filled a food processor container with arugula leaves, a couple of cups maybe. I have an original Cuisinart food processor.  Put a couple of glugs of olive oil in, a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, some lemon zest, about 1/4 cup of nuts (the recipe calls for pine nuts, we used pecans), the recipe calls for 2 cloves of garlic (we used one), about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and we added about 1/4 cup of feta cheese and then whiz it all around until smooth and taste and adjust if necessary.  We didn't need any extra salt because of the salty feta cheese.  It was really good!


Julie said...

That DOES look good. Getting creative in the kitchen, Nancy? Sometimes you just have to go off the path and create your own way(hence the pecans instead of the pine nuts). I'll have to try this. We always have pecans but not pine nuts until the fall.

Pat said...

Wow! Your visitors are a wonderful group of Herbal Experts...would sure like to be nearby listening as all of you share your knowledge!!

Have a great weekend.

Little Messy Missy said...

That looks so good!!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

And Jekka loved it! She had a taste today! Will share the adventure on The Herb Companion website.