# Growing food
Picking strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
Berries are great edibles to grow in a home garden. They are super delicious, nutritious and very versatile. Can be eaten for snacking, for breakfast, for dessert, as toppings on salads, for baking. The possibilities are endless and they are very easy to grow.
Harvest from a small backyard garden
Some donut peaches, nectarines, grapes, apples, tomatoes and a tiny strawberry freshly-picked from our small urban backyard edible garden. We are growing may varieties of fruit-bearing trees, vines, berries, herbs, vegetables and some edible flowers too.
Planting Potatoes | Forgotten & Sprouted Spuds | Garden Planting Potatoes
Have you ever forgotten that you had potatoes in the cupboard or pantry? I did, and this is what I did with them. These will be great to can up and also, make stews and soups to can. Fingers crossed they grow and make big old potatoes! Enjoy!
Grateful for the beautiful and colorful tomatoes from our backyard garden. Growing your own food can save a lot of money. Some nights, all the veggies and fruits on our dinner table come from our backyard edible garden. Right now we are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, corn, berries and many varieties of fruit-bearing trees.
Early morning backyard harvest
It's early morning and some fruits are ready for picking. Come join me harvest some strawberries, blueberries, kumquats, peppers, carrot and calamansi or calamondin from our small urban backyard edible garden. Let's pause for a moment too to watch the tiny birds foraging.
Some freshly-picked blueberries from our backyard edible garden for my oatmeal breakfast. We are growing three varieties of blueberries - Sharpblue, O'Neil and Southmoon. Sharplue is an every-bearing variety which means it bears fruits year round. The fruits on the other two varieties will be ready in early summer.
Growing and cooking fava beans
Fava beans or more commonly called broad beans in most of Europe, are cold-loving crops and one of those vegetables that typically take a long time to grow. We planted them back in early Fall and now it's time for them to go as we switch to sun-loving crops. On this video, I harvested some fava beans and cooked them for dinner with chicken, shrimp, mussels and potatoes in heavy creams.
Tomatomania & Peppermania
Tomatomania is the world's largest tomato seedling sale! Year after year, around mid to late March, we block off our calendar for this fun event. They have beautiful, unique tomato varieties that are not usually sold in our local nursery. And they have Peppermania too! Come join me for a quick tour!
Gardening Can Teach Children Important Life Lessons
Any good parent wants to make sure that their children are prepared for life by instilling in them all skills they will need to succeed. There are many different ways to teach your children basic life skills. One such method is gardening, which is both fun and educational. Here are four essential life skills that you can help your child develop through gardening:
Backyard harvest for breakfast
One of the great things about growing a garden is the endless bounty of fruits and vegetables -- like the donut peaches that are dropping off the tree. I picked some of them along with a handful of blueberries, raspberries and a lone strawberry for our breakfast while I listened to the birds sing their morning song. Nothing is fresher than the food grown from your own garden and it doesn't get more local than your own backyard.
Harvesting lettuce from a home garden
Springtime is a perfect time to plant a home garden in most growing zones, but where we are, March is the tail end of the cold loving plants when most of the vegetables are bolting or in the process of bolting. On this video, I harvested some lettuce from a raised box in the backyard edible garden for dinner.
Bay leaves, thyme and green onions from the garden
Gardening is rewarding in many ways and definitely worth trying. One of the benefits is the availability of fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits on demand. Just walk outside, snip-snip and voila! Today my garden pickings are bay leaves, thyme and green onions for our Sunday lunch... crawfish and okra (on the next video).
Grilled seafood lunch
I grew up on the coast and love, love seafood! Let's grill outdoor and enjoy some sunshine. Yesterday's lunch was grilled seafood - grilled oysters, grilled red snapper, grilled shrimp, grilled eggplant, mango with shrimp paste, sauteed squash & green beans and pork bbq "Pinoy-style." We also made a carafe of calamansi juice. Cheers!
Baked vegetables, ham and cheese
Some backyard edible garden haul for a perfect weeknight recipe - VEGETABLE HAVEST & HAM AU GRATIN. I picked different varieties of tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. They were sliced along with ham steak, topped with freshly-grated parmesan cheese and cooked on a baking dish on a 350-degree pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. The zucchini and eggplant got a head-start on the pan. Bon appetit!
Harvesting mustard spinach
The leafy greens are bolting. Bolting is when the plants send flower stalks to produce seeds. It usually happens when the soil gets warmer. Plants think it's the end of the season, so it is more of a survival mode to make sure that they produce the next generation of their species. Today's harvest is mustard spinach which will be turned into picked vegetables later. As the name suggests, mustard spinach is a cross between mustard and spinach.
A colorful backyard garden harvest
Some are edible, some beautiful. Come join me harvest snow peas, kumquats, lemon and leafy greens. Let's harvest two varieties of sorrel - French and red veined and pick some flowers. Then let's prepare dinner - salad, steamed potatoes and mahi mahi in lemon garlic butter sauce garnished with lemon slices and herbs from the backyard garden.
Stuffed grape leaves from our grapevines
What to do with overgrown grapevines that are sprouting all over the place? Harvest the leaves and make dolmas or dolmades or stuffed grape leaves, a popular appetizer or side dish with many variations from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The arsenal: rice, chopped onion, minced beef seasoned with lemon juice, salt and freshly cracked peppercorns, and then wrapped in grape leaves.
Growing a salad garden + homemade salad dressing
A salad garden is a great way to get the children eat vegetables and growing one is way easier than many think. You just need a sunny spot, fertile soil and regular watering. We have a 4 ft x 4 ft raised box in our backyard garden dedicated to growing different varieties of lettuce. On this video, I harvested some lettuce for lunch and also made a simple homemade salad dressing.
Sowing seeds of some unique instagramable vegetables
One of the advantages of growing your own vegetables is that you can grow unique instagramable varieties that are not available at the grocery stores. On this video, I will show you the seeds that I sowed - carrots, beets, rutabagas, leeks, magnolia blossom tall snap peas and different varieties of radish. Come join me in the garden. Gardening is fun, exciting and rewarding in many ways!
Cucumber and tomato salad
"Shirazi" a Persian version of the cucumber and tomato salad. This is a classic summer salad served with kabob that is very easy to prepare. Just lots of slicing and dicing. First, the cucumbers, then the tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and green onions. I squeezed the lemons, drizzled the olive oil (that part I forgot to record). Then mixed and seasoned with salt and pepper.