This blog has been inspired three things, the colors that were surrounding me in my kitchen and in the herb garden today, the real first day of summer and what do we really produce all of this food for – to post it to Pinterest?? You don’t think of summer blending with fall foods, but color isn’t seasonal to me. These orange hues of pumpkin fritters in the pan were colors good enough to eat.
Another summer color is fresh bread, and in our case soon peach pie-crust golden browns too.
This year I have beaten the squirrels and rabbits to my first tomato pickings (ripened to perfection on the kitchen window), and local cucumbers are already coming in despite the rains. Summer’s version of red and green in tandem, these hues together don’t even begin to evoke December decorations. If you suggest red and green together as a design inspiration, they wrinkle their nose and say ‘too Holiday’. Not here!
Herbs of a feather flock together. I’ve found over the years to mass different herbs together makes then thrive. The kids had fun smelling each different variety (just a sample of what’s growing shown above) and pinching leaves for flavoring the sauce. We even made counting our crop into a math game as we had to divide our harvest into two pots.
This is a first, symbiotic or predatory oregano. I have had the same pitiful oregano plant for 3 years fighting to stay alive. The rain this year was so perfect, the oregano is climbing the herb that towers adjacent to it. This large herb will soon be home to huge green and yellow caterpillars that eat only this plant. We all love to Pin or FB photographs of favorite foods and ideas as we ramp up the season. Take it to the next level, take the summer long days and your garden bounty, cook up a batch of something and go post it on someone’s doorstep. Pinterest won’t hold it against you.