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#1527283 What was the last spicy meal you cooked?

Posted by geeme on 12 February 2018 - 08:29 PM

This was not a meal, but I didn't care to spend time to look for another thread. And yeah, I know you don't all like brussels sprouts, but for those who do...


Start with some chopped-up bacon that's a bit undercooked. If you didn't have some set aside from another meal, drain the pan of the bacon grease (but no need to entirely clean it.) Add some butter and sliced brussels sprouts. (You could use small whole ones.) Cook on medium-high for a little bit, until the sprouts start to show signs of softening. Add the chopped bacon and your choice of craisins/dried blueberries/dried cherries, along with some hot pepper powder and turmeric. Cook and stir occasionally until the sprouts are fully cooked. 


Simple and tasty, for those who like brussels sprouts.  :dance:

#1490017 What was the last spicy meal you cooked?

Posted by geeme on 08 September 2017 - 06:20 PM

Braised a small country pork rib after cutting it where scored. Browned the pieces in olive oil. While browning, the following got blended together in a bowl: rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, honey, chicken stock, aleppo pepper flakes, ginger, sumac, mace, allspice, cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, sesame seeds, allspice, marjoram, and oregano, then also added a few kaffir lime leaves. I would have used coconut milk instead of chicken stock, but that wasn't happening tonight. Anyhow, braised the pork in all of that until tender. It was yummy.


Times like these I almost wish I'd take the time to measure stuff out, so I could repeat it and get the same results. Almost. I like off-the-cuff cooking.

#1480238 Candied Jalapenos & Habaneros

Posted by geeme on 01 August 2017 - 04:18 PM

I'm going to have to caution against doing this with supers, though. Whole family telling me never again and even I was coughing and spluttering after accidentally breathing in over the pan.


Thank you for reminding me why it's GREAT to be single!   :dance:   :onfire:   :woohoo:


I love candied supers and love making them! 

#1454263 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 08 May 2017 - 06:16 PM

I may not make it in on time. I just managed to shove a piece of plastic between my eyelid and my eye and it's not very happy right now. If it calms down enough for me to get my entry in, though, I'll post. Good grief...

#1453960 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 06:22 PM

Adding sauteed bacon, onions and jalapeno to the cooked beans.



#1453931 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 03:44 PM

Here's the base meat mixture. I've made enough for 8 servings as I'm giving half to my coaches to eat with rice. The rest will be reduced and tweaked a bit.



#1453886 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 01:02 PM

Blacks and bacon started, somewhere 'neath all that reflection.



#1453815 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

I haven't made it to the grocery store yet, but here are a few things.




Admittedly, some of the stuff is just on the counter from breakfast. I'll let you ponder which is which.

#1453446 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 05 May 2017 - 09:01 PM

Excellent start here!



But I am wondering, what is up with hot stuff's upside-down pic? I made a post, not too long ago, in which one of the pics is displaying upside-down. Never mind the real pic isn't - when I navigate to it on my website it displays the right way, it's just here that it doesn't. So is the pic in hot stuff's post another anomaly, or was it taken that way? Inquiring minds want to know!

#1452029 [May 1] What are you working on this week?

Posted by geeme on 01 May 2017 - 07:19 PM

The plants are itching to get into their larger pots, as they are fully able to be outside all day now. However, the temps are forecasted to hit the 40F's over the next few nights, so I am holding off on potting up. Heh - even the pineapple wants soil!


But honestly, my plants don't have much of my attention just now - enough to keep them alive and getting big, but that's it. No, my mind is on the fact that, five weeks from today, I will be getting on a plane to go compete in the national Games. Whooooot!

#1451773 accidental aphid control technique

Posted by geeme on 30 April 2017 - 09:33 PM

Very interesting - thanks for posting about it!

#1451551 Why prune for over wintering?

Posted by geeme on 30 April 2017 - 06:44 AM

I've taken three approaches when overwintering:


1) Bring the plants indoors with no pruning at all and treat like a houseplant - don't let them go dormant.

2) Bring the plants indoors after pruning just the smallest branches off.

3) Bring the plants indoors after pruning down to a stump (both branches and most roots), ensuring at least 6 growth nodes remained.


With both methods 2 and 3, the desire was to make the plants go dormant over the winter. Dormant plants don't require much care. Feed and water less often, and provide less light. In the springtime they came  out of dormancy and I gave them more light, water and food. They did create more branches. Since chiles only put out pods at the growth nodes, as lek said, more branches typically means higher yield.  The big thing here is that the plants require less work when dormant. Depending upon how many plants you grow and the amount of effort you put into the plants over the growing season, having a period of dormancy gives you a nice break.


I didn't care for the plant shape after method 3, so I won't be doing that again, though it did also save the most space. I would definitely do method 2 again. Method 1 is fine, but "oops" can happen more readily than in method 2, as if you have them in a room you don't frequent and forget to water. Oops, they're dead.


I kept one plant going 4 or 5 years, using method 2. It was fine through the third year, but then production backed down so it wasn't worth keeping it going to me. The continued production year-over-year depends upon the variety. Pubescens tend to be more prolific bearers beyond the first couple of years. But then, a lot of it has to do with the grow environment over the winter, too.  Another consideration is pests. Every year I overwintered, aphids came out in abundance in the spring. I bought ladybugs to get them, sometimes more successfully than others. That's more something you just have to be on the lookout for and be ready to deal with when it happens.

#1450606 can having a fan on too long actually hurt a plant?

Posted by geeme on 26 April 2017 - 07:08 PM

Putting a fan on your plants while they are indoors serves a couple key purposes.


- First is that it helps dry the surface of the soil. Dry surface soil helps reduce the chances that the fungus that causes damping off can take hold. Damping off can kill your seedlings. So if you don't mind risking loosing all the hard work you put into starting those babies, don't bother with a fan!


- It helps strengthen the stems. When you start to take your babies outdoors, part of the hardening off process is not just being careful with the amount of sunlight they get, but also the amount of wind they experience. Even if you start bringing them outdoors in complete shade, if they aren't ready to handle the wind, they can also be goners. So keeping a fan on them helps reduce the hardening off process time - bonus for you as well as them.


As already said above, when outdoors they will potentially get wind 100% of the time. You can run the fan all day and night and not worry about it. Plants start outdoors in the wild all the time, so as long as you start them with a fan, they will be fine. Similar thing with sunlight - start your seeds in full sun and the plants don't care. It's only when they've been protected from sun and wind that they need a hardening off process.

#1447934 [Apr 17] What are you working on this week?

Posted by geeme on 17 April 2017 - 05:53 PM

Waiting not-so-patiently for some capsicum seeds to germinate.


Taking care of the babies that arrived late last week from chileplants.com.


On an odd whim, I decided to try to grow a pineapple plant from a pineapple purchased at the grocery store. It's moving along much better than I expected.


And I am TRYING to remind myself that it's not good to inhale too deeply when generously sprinkling fatalii powder into food that is being cooked. Yep, I managed to gas myself pretty good tonight! :lol:

#1447852 Keeping temp in pots down

Posted by geeme on 17 April 2017 - 11:55 AM

What kind of pots are you growing in? It would take special paint to weather the elements if you are growing in plastic pots.


I grow in pots for many reasons, including that I can move them in and out of shelter as I find the need arises. One of the key things I've found is not to leave them directly on rocks or cement (such as a driveway) or anything that absorbs too much heat from the sun. The pots will pick up heat from below, as well as the sun. Raising them off the ground allows for cooling airflow. In hotter climates than where I'm currently at, shade cloth is a must-have.


I've had as many as 57 hot pepper plants going at one time, so moving them in and out of shade was a bit of a pain, but I did it. A couple years ago I finally bought a cart to help with that task, so it's much easier now.