Garden Stories – Garlic Scapes Adventure

Garlic farmers have to be very patient.  You plant one garlic bulb and it magically tranforms into a full head of garlic, but how long does it take?  Typically you plant around October 31 Halloween and it will be ready to harvest close to July 4 Independence Day, close to 8 months!

Today as I inspected my garden, I noticed there were garlic scapes already forming.  They blend in so well that sometimes they are hard to spot.  It’s absolutely essential that you cut the scapes off, so the plant puts its energy into the garlic bulb, the root, and not the scape, the flower.

So I had these beautiful tender scapes, now what?  I decided to check for scape recipes online and stumbled across this vegan garlic pesto recipe and decided to try it out.  I boiled some fusilli pasta and voila, I had some delicious garlic scapes pesto pasta.

Now I just have to patiently wait as the head of garlic is fully grown, so it can be unearthed to be enjoyed wholeheartedly!

May 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Mobile Without Strings: Now on Droid

I have avoided getting snared into a mobile contract. I used different prepaid plans, and finally settled on Pageplus Cellular, which runs off the Verizon network another words the reception is excellent.

For some time I used a Samsung i760, a Windows mobile phone. Although it was a durable phone the web  experience was limited.  I was looking for the iphone web experience, but with a physical qwerty keyboard.

I wanted to continue having the flexibility of the Pageplus plans ($29.95 for 1,200 domestic minutes and 3,000 text plus 100 megabytes of data and $39.95 for unlimited minutes and 20 megabytes of data). You can actually switch the plan every month depending on your needs. Another advantage is that there are no additional taxes or fees!

After some research I decided to go with the Motorola Droid which was about $100 on ebay.  Surprisingly the newer versions of the Droid had worse reviews on CNET compared to the older Droid.

In addition to the phone, I also purchased an extra battery and charger, and some accessories like a headset, usb charger, rubber case, screen protector, and a Square Trade warranty from ebay.

So far I love the phone–beautiful screen, physical keyboard, super fast web browsing, and great call quality. The battery can run out quickly if the wifi and 3g are on constantly, so the extra battery is good to have.

The 5 megapixel camera is pretty good.  Here’s a sample image taken with the camera of the Afro-Colombian mural by Joel Berger on U St. NW in Washington, DC.

March 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Winter Sunshine

December 19, 2010 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Staying Cool…Breezy Point Beach

As the sun beats down and the humidity melts us, we start daydreaming about going to the beach…However, most beaches are several hours drive from DC.

I recently came across Breezy Point Beach in Calvert, Maryland, which is about 45 minutes away. If you decide to swim, it is jellyfish season so watch out…

August 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

Bike Power

Inspiring, funny, moving bike films…Catch more at the Bicycle Film Festival

o Inspiring – Bristol Bike Project
o Hilarious – LALO
o Melancholy, Moving – Bicycle/Jitensha

July 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

Carnival Portraits: Up Close & Personal

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This year I got to the Caribbean Carnival much later, so I didn’t get good shots of the parade.  However, I got there just in time to catch people in the beautiful golden light of the sunset.  Many people were still hanging out at Howard University.

July 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Summer Garden >> Garlic, Carrots, Raspberries

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This weekend I harvested garlic and carrots. I planted the garlic October 19, 2009, almost eight months ago! Garlic requires a lot of patience. Two varieties of garlic I got from the farmers market are Music and German White. This garlic had not been treated like most garlic you find in the grocery store. You plant one clove and magically they turn into full heads of garlic!

I planted the carrot seeds on April 4th, so they took about 3 months. Carrots come in all colors, not just orange. I planted several varieties, including yellow and red ones. The key thing about growing carrots is you have to thin them if you want them to grow properly. Thinning carrots requires that you snip off the plants that are too close together.

I munched on a few golden and red raspberries while I was harvesting. They were sweet and delicious. Raspberries are easy to grow.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers and watermelon are growing and look promising…

June 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

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