Saturday, September 3, 2011






Stiped snake シマヘビ and lunch of トカゲ lizard





Amaranth getting big. I've been told this is a hard to eradicate weed in commercial agriculture. One man's weed is another man's breakfast.







Locally famous green onions, they sell for up to 200yen each at roadside stands.








Ornamental pumpkins climbing the plum tree
trio







how not to dry corn



how to dry corn


For the life of me I can't get corn to dry enough to make flour without using electricity ie the oven. I have to make a dehydrator that is essentially a plywood box with a single lightbulb at the bottom wherin the common blue net fish/veg rack can be hung. To be run off the solar panels of course.







perfect cukes


white mochi or starchy corn is great grilled
Since we've had a good crop of corn and it is very difficult to dry in near perpetual 70% humidity and too hot to be wasting energy with the oven trying to dry it I had to go looking for recipes. A good one is "johnny cakes" http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/fresh-corn-johnnycakes/(journey cakes) or corn pancakes. My simplified recipe :cut the kernels off of 3 ears, add some milk and flour till it is of hotcake batter consistency, an egg is optional. Add one tsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp salt plus 1/2 tsp baking powder,mix thoroughly. Fry in hot oil or butter, top with maple syrup or jam. Yields 3 large cakes. They're heavy duty , stick to your ribs food.

duelling journeycakes



Dried green beans or "leather britches" for stews and soups





pumpkin and bitter melon, a first here







late season black corn from Aichi prefecture
early planted getting a headstart