Monday, August 27, 2012

Ooh, spicy!

A change from bugs and cats! The other day, I made "garden patch salsa" with stuff from my own garden. I like having homemade salsa in the winter months when the tomatoes in the grocery store taste like styrofoam.

This summer was so hot and dry, I managed to grow poblano peppers for the first time! And the jalapeno and serrano peppers are doing great too. My friend Pierre gave me some amazing Hungarian wax peppers too.

The macro lens works on tomatoes!

Tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, zucchini, cilantro, parsley, oregano and garlic, all into the pot. I substituted fresh cilantro for half the fresh oregano. I grew the herbs and garlic in my garden too.

I cooked it down for about half an hour. 

Next it went into jars.

Then into the canner for hot water processing. Because the recipe contains enough acid in the form of vinegar, it's safe to process it in hot water. Here's the recipe if you're interested.

And yes, I:m sneaking in a couple more "bug on sunflower" shots from Friday!

I've been busy bottling honey. I got 50 kg (110 lbs) in jars in the past 24 hours, with lots more to come. Thank you bees!


  1. Muay Caliente! That salsa looks GOOD.

  2. Those beautiful jars of salsa made my mouth water!

    1. I am so impressed!
      nothing like that here... we have had too much wet weather!!!

  3. Nothing better than your own salsa. I just remembered now that I didn't grow any peppers this year. this would have been a good year for peppers.

  4. Anonymous10:27 pm

    Cool tomato shots. The bug is a bit spooky. Yum on the salsa!


  5. What will you be putting that salsa on?

    Also, I love the bee pic! The girls gave you a good amount of honey. Our bees were very kind to us too.

  6. Great shot of the bug looking out from the sunflower. Salsa looks very yummy and so fun to be able to pick the ingredients from the garden.

  7. I am not a big fan of Salsa but it sure looks yummy.

  8. I'm still jealous of your macro lens

  9. I am jealous of your lens too! :(
    I am going to try your salsa recipe. Need to head to the farmers market to get the peppers. Ours did not do well this year.

  10. Good idea making the salsa. I just might do the same thing. I have a lot of tomatoes from my plants and not enough time to eat them now.

  11. Honey and Salsa .... mmmmmmmmmmmmm!


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