A Culinary Tour of Garden And Recipes

Written by Alex Alferov

Let me take you on a culinary tour of my plot. I am happy with my selection of vegetables that are mostly tomatoes.  I like to make marinara sauce from scratch. In a pan of olive oil infused with garlic, add sliced tomatoes, throw in a basil leaf, salt and pepper, cook and simmer until the tomatoes turn into a thick sauce. You can strain the sauce, or just take the basil leaves out and keep the traces of tomato skins that add essential roughage to one’s diet.


I hardly grow eggplants because I can never get the soil in top notch condition. But I’ve had a wonderful harvest of Japanese eggplants.  I grew up in the kitchen watching my Serbian mother cook for a family of five. Eggplant caviar was one of her signature dishes. She incorporated eggplants, green and red bell peppers and a couple of cloves of garlic.

First, you brush the eggplants and bell peppers with oil, salt and pepper. Put them on a cookie sheet into a 450 degree oven until the skin of the vegetables blackens.

In the meantime make a marinade of fresh squeezed lemon, sprigs of rosemary, dill, thyme, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. When the eggplant, bell peppers and garlic are done, transport them into a large bowl anplace a moist towel over them and let them rest until the skins are easily removed. Squeeze out the roasted garlic and incorporate it into the marinade.

Remove the skin of the eggplant and rough chop and remove the skins and seeds from the peppers.

Chop up all of the roasted vegetables and incorporate the marinade and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Then I look for radishes housed between the rock paths.  I pick them and slice them in half.  I lather them in butter and salt.  It's very Russian.

I also enjoy warm baby potatoes bathed in oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and fresh dill. 

Flowers that will bloom in a variety of bold primary colors. Some will keep the birds away but most of them are for cutting to put on my little corner altar of  a blend of icons and Chinese deities. A visual summation of my long term relationship. And finally my garden wouldn't be complete without
sunflowers.

So now I would love for you to look through your garden and share your recipes.  

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