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

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" 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


  1. Hi JohnE
    Blimey - you've been busy! Good stuff.
    We just got back from 8 weeks in Europe. You'd be surprised how frickin' high Japanese weeds can grow in 8 weeks! Jeezus. Plus the kuzu (?) vines that have literally come from nowhere to entirely suffocate my Xmas tree.
    Still, it WAS part of the plan. There's not much sense in eating stuff from our cesium-enriched rubble this year anyway, so I'm planning on pulling up the weeds with plenty of crap clinging to them and disposing of them. Then, somehow, test the remaining dirt and see if we can get back on track next year.
    Seeing what you do, what kitchengardenjapan does, and the almighty Kenelwood helps motivate me enormously (and occasionally generates despair in equal measure!)
    That looks like a nice ride on the scooter. Hope to do that with you one day!
    Take care in the remaining typhoon season,

  2. Hi there slughunter,

    Glad you had fun on and off the continent. Is your house engulfed by the weeds as well? Good plan on letting it go and letting IT clean up the bad stuff there. Hopefully next season you can get some stuff out of the garden then. Thanks for the compliment, but I have just as many failures in the field as successes. Still learning as I go. It's fun and great excercise to say the least. Are you going to the Moot or to Ken's Halloween bash? Let me know if poss.