This project of growing yams began on June 11, 2020. Gee loves yams, and though it is not a favorite of mine I wanted to try growing some for him.
I cut the yams into the pieces you see above then coated the cut sides with the ashes. The ashes helps to prevent bugs from eating the yam pieces before they begin growing.
I let the ashes adhere for about 1 hour then I planted them approximately 1 inch from the surface, I watered them and let nature do the rest.
This is ashes I used from the BBQ grill.
The yams are freshly planted and watered, I did not water them heavily as I did not want to wash out the ashes too much and I lightly sprinkled some ashes on top of the soil.
Two weeks later the purple yams came up, I was overjoyed. The two purple pieces are the buds of purple yams that was among the regular white yams. Those peeked out first and were a bright fuchsia in color. I was ecstatic. They were growing.
They began growing quite rapidly.
Three weeks later the white yams peeked out (they began growing out one week after the purple).
I watch these plants every day like they are my babies.
By one month yams the yams were really growing and I began to relax as more and more were growing out.
The yam plants today, they are growing well, the heat does not seem to deter them in any way and I patiently await to see the final results. It is a beautiful plant.
Back in early April before our lives got turned upside down. My Gee was always the chef du jour, and not for just that day either.
We were home deciding what to cook for dinner and finally settled on was Gee’s Beer Battered Chicken. In our current climate we are trying to raid the refrigerator and the freezer and come up with innovative ways to eat what was already in the home. So here is Gee’s twist on things.
2 large chicken breasts
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 beer or seltzer water
1 Tsp baking powder
Sazon seasoning (gives color & flavor)
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all dry ingredients together, you may use a whisk.
Add the beer or seltzer water (your preference) to the dry mixture
Gently fold beer / seltzer into the dry mixture (do not beat the mixture, you want to keep the bubbles)
Mix gently for smooth consistency
Clean, wash and prep chicken breasts, pat dry with paper towel and place in a bowl. Slice the thickness of chicken breast in half. Add seasonings to your taste. You may allow to marinate for about 30 minutes.
Yesterday my mom and I went to Lowe’s Hardware Store to stock up on our plant food and I was amazed and pleased to see this wall of soil. It seems a lot of folks are planting and the demand for plants and planting items have drastically increased.
I have been seeking some onion plants so I keep checking, none so far.
As avid planters, we have never seen this much soil being stocked or sold. The gardening section is currently one of the busiest at the stores.
Apparently many of us are returning our roots and in the process finding joy in the work of our hands, watching them grow and eating healthier in the process.
Plus our kids get to help while learning how to doing new things, which will serve them well in the future.
Planting is also great for our mental health.
Yellow Squash flowering.
Isn’t this just lovely to watching things grow?
So WP folks, please show us some pictures of your gardens…
Well my dears, today I am off work. I have been researching the benefits of turmeric for a post.
My mom and I had been using turmeric for over several years now for its anti-inflammatory properties.
She makes a drink of turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey. We have been consistently drinking this concoction, especially since the coronavirus, I try to have some every day, just to keep the immune system running at its optimum.
So I cooked some turmeric rice with chickpea or garbanzo beans. See picture below.
Turmeric rice with garbanzo beans, grilled chicken and a sprinkle of bacon.
Now I am no Julia Childs, Gee is the official cook, but he is currently doing a travel nurse stint in NY.
Closer look at the turmeric rice.
In an effort to keep my mind off life I am finding “filler” things to do.
Began this in cups of water
Now happily growing in their “beds”.
A little update, mr. celery is happily growing along with some basil and parsley for company. I love basil as well, love all herbs really. We had a few cold days last week so they took a little beating. One day it seemed like spring then we reverted to winter.
I love love cucumbers and I eat them almost every day. We’ve tried to grow them in the past with not too much success, they would be the picture of health one day then just drop dead the next.
My mom currently has a few cucumber plants in some pots and we will see how they grow.
But just a little on what I have been doing on my off days and of course being on WordPress, I could not get through the difficult times without you all. There is such a community of support here, it’s simply beautiful.
Take your vitamin supplements including zinc, selenium, vitamins C and D.
As always my friends pray, stay healthy, stay safe, keep your immune systems at peak performance.