Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Neil and his Irises: a precautionary tale.

 Our yard really is totally magazine worthy this Spring, Neil has really worked hard and it shows. This is a story about an Iris garden with out many photos of an Iris garden. Those will come, there are lots of them out there.
 This is just part of the front yard garden, many colors. Anyway, Neil tells me Saturday afternoon that he has invited folks to " drop bye " the house Sunday afternoon to look at his gardens and have a burger. No real numbers of how many folks, or what else they want besides a burger... In the end it was fine.

  • four cups of chic peas (save the liquid )
  • one cup of tahini
  • zest of two lemons, juice of three
  • garlic ( I used roasted )
  • teaspoon-ish Cumin ( more if you really like cumin )
  • salt, pepper and hot sauce , to taste
  • chuck it all in the food processor, and pour in a quarter cuppish of the pea liquid... 
  • then while the mixer is going.. add olive oil ( or more pea juice ) till you get the consistency you want. 
  • I then add a hand full or so of whole chic peas and just pulse for half a min, I like some texture
I am all ready to go, and for once, Yankees did not show up early...
Your beverage station... lemonaid in a big pink pitcher cause there were kiddies coming
some Iris viewing snacks... served the Hummus with just some wheat thins and carrots...eggs..
A dozen or so people, walking around the yard, sitting , chatting. A little day drinking on my part, which yall know I like, it was a beautiful day and a fun time.
Andy was taking photos of flowers
Burgers, hotdogs, baked potato salad, beans some Asian cole slaw that was pretty good
1 bunch (6 large) scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 (16-ounce) bags coleslaw mix 
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (from about a 1-inch piece)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (didn't have any , used splenda )
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil ( only used one, very powerful stuff )
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, optional 
1 teaspoon salt
20 grinds black pepper

do not dress to early, 10-15 min before eating... a good alternative to a mayo based cole slaw on a hot day.
thanks to folks for stopping by, and more 
photos of Irises to come.


Gwen said...

Yankees showing up early...means they showed up at the time you invited them to show up?

Gwen said...

"Yankees showing up early," means they arrived at the time shown on the invitation?

Kyle said...

yes, that is exactly what that means, what is up with them doing that ??

Neil Houghton said...

Thanks to Kyle for working so hard to entertain folks!

In case you wants to see the irises in question...