New entry in my Kilt blog 9/21/2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Old Fools Journal: misc,

This is a Serrano chili and it is the most perfect chili I have ever grown. It is flawless, however, I have not seen inside it yet.  I have used several of the green ones already and they are hot. In salsa they tone down and their flavor is good. I have Serrano and Jalapeno that are coming along very well.The Chili Verde (sometimes called Anaheim) didn't make it but I'll try again next year. I do love them.

I had no luck with bell peppers I'm sorry to say but I didn't really try hard.I want to grow bells with Serrano to see if they will cross pollinate and make the bells hot. I have heard that they will.

Grandma's grapes.  We didn't get much this year and what we did get was shared with the birds. They watch them closely. There were more, this is just an example.  We don't know what they are.  They are nothing like last years crop.  Last year they were mostly seeds inside but delicious. This year there are no seeds and they are super sweet. They are also gone.
While riding to the store I stopped to get a picture of our pedestrian and bike path. Notice how the vehicles hug the center line. They tend to do that when a camera is aimed at them otherwise not so much.
This is not a local truck as locals give you no slack.
Notice that the gentleman walking ahead of me is giving the traffic lane a wide birth. Obviously he knows how things go here.
The tree trimmers were out.  A couple of non-English speaking guys (Mexicans) with saws.  They were so spooked by the old guy with the camera that they left.  They returned a few days later and this time they brought a supervisor/interpreter with them.
There is plenty of work if you have a green card, work cheap, long hours and can pass a pee test (one time). This is a 'right to work' state which means they have the right to fire you if you won't work 16 hour days for minimum wage. Plenty of people with green cards takes care of that.
We had a bike rack traffic jam at the local grocery store. Not much of a rack. I keep crossing tracks with this bicycle and trailer. I haven't met the guy yet but I see him around a lot. That's my trusty steed on the right.

Now here is a little kitty porn  to undate you on the kittens that were forcibly early weaned.
They are still confined to a box in the house at night as they are resisting any kind of house training but I'm betting that SWMBO (she who must be obeyed) wins.  They have learned the meaning of no and pay special attention to the flyswatter.
Never mind the upturned chairs, they like it that way along with anything else they can turn over.


limom said...

Now you've gone and made me want to eat something spicy today.

Emmy said...

Your kittens are still incredibly cute :) Love the video updates of their progress.

Your chili pepper looks perfect! I wish we could say the same about the peppers we've been growing here. My mom picked up several plants that were being given away at her work. We have three tomato (2 cherry/ 1 grape)and three pepper plants (1 green bell/1 red bell/ 1 bannana). We haven't had the chance to try the peppers yet, but there are three bannana peppers almost ready to be picked. The cherry tomatoes are very sweet and juicy.

Outa_Spaceman Being: 53 said...

I'm nurturing a Scotch Bonnet.
Just saying.


Ben in Texas said...

MY MAN!!! My favorite Chile!! Serrano chile love them chopped finely and dumped in with a scrambled egg while it cooks!! Make your tongue slap your face trying to get to it.

As for cat training, a water gun or spray bottle along with a stern NO will teach them real quick!!
Dang they are cute ain't they?

Steve A said...

A nasty dog will keep those kitties in line!

The dog also won't try to steal your wonderful-looking peppers. I've heard the same thing about cross pollination, but have no idea if it is true.

Steve A said...
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Steve A said...

The most sensible stuff I've read says that crossing will only affect the seeds and usually not even them.

Von said...

We have had several cats who adore chillies, particularly if found in cans of tuna.Your beauty would not be safe!
Tried making net bags for your grape bunches and sliding them on before bird standard maturity?

rlove2bike said...

We one time grew some hot peppers. We had a quite a few of them. I don't remember what we used them for, but we had to cut them up. I had not had any experience with them and when I cut them up I did not wear gloves. I remember the sting well.

I thing Ben in Texas has a good idea. Sounds good in scrambled eggs.

Oldfool said...

limom: Ben:These little chilis are hot but are easily eaten when mixed with other stuff. If you remove all the white stuff inside when cleaning that helps. If you want what you are making hot then chop it fine. If you want the occasional hot bite chop it coarse.
Here is a handy hint. Fine chop carrots and/or celery and/or onion with the chilis and refrigerate for a while. It helps tone down the heat without destroying the flavor.
Emmy: I have only four tomato plants this year two of which are cherry tomatoes and they are producing like crazy. I am about tomatoed out.
OS53: I've never seen or tasted a Scotch Bonnet but it is famous and I'm not sure I want to.
Von: We share as we love our birds. It's bad enough having cats.
SteveA: I've read that as well and I intended to save the seed and see but I haven't had any luck in growing bells at all.
rlovetobike: The juice is absorbed by the skin and I've never felt a thing unless I cut myself however it does not wash off and I forget and hours later I'll pick my nose or rub my eyes. Then I remember.

workbike said...

I've just been given a small chilli plant by our local hermit. I'm now paranoid about it dying because he visits the garden often and he raised his plant from seed.

After whining about local bike infrastructure looking at those pictures makes me realise how fortunate we are. Every road here has a separate pedestrian way, even if it's a narrow one.

Joey said...

You made my mouth water talkin about that Chili.

I share my pears with the birds like your Grandma does her grapes. Seems to me it's only fair.

Take care,