Saturday, May 31, 2008

Hey Mayor Beutler!

How's this for conserving water???

I put some cheap vinyl gutters on my shed last Saturday to collect rainwater. It is so much better for the flowers, plants and vegetables at my house. I've filled one 55 gallon plastic drum already and rigged up another one last night.

Moving the full 440 pound barrel out of the way wasn't too bad!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

So we eat a lot of salmon here. Usually marinated or rubbed with a dry spice mix.

Thought I'd try a glaze this time. Balsamic, dry white wine, lemon juice and dark brown sugar reduced down until it became a syrup. A pinch of kosher salt and and two twists on the pepper mill and it was done.

Brushed the fish with olive oil and seasoned with kosher salt and pepper. On the Weber they went.

It looks kind of strange with the glaze drizzled on. But it sure was tasty!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Can you hear it growing?

So I mowed the front and side yards last evening. I swear the grass had grown an inch before I was done. The difference in yards this year to last year is amazing. If only the water that comes out the hose was half as good as rain.

The 55 gallon rain barrel attached to my shed is almost full. Not bad since Saturday. I may have to get another. I wonder if I should agitate the stored water before drawing some out for use on the veggies and flowers?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Balinese Pork Roast

Also known as Babi Guling.

Fried spice paste/rub of shallots, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, lemongrass, Thai chilies, coriander, turmeric, salt, pepper, brown sugar, soy sauce. Fry in veggie oil.

Stuff half into your pork roast/loin/shoulder. Rub the other half over the meat.

Cook over medium heat on the grill for two hours for a three pound piece of meat.

This is all that's left. Mmm Mmm.

Okay, here goes....

I really dislike going back to work after a long weekend. But I guess I need to pay for all the goofing around I did.

Put gutters on my 10' x 10' shed Saturday for the 55 gallon rain barrel.

Spent some time at the lake house Sunday. I think my son (The Boy) liked going out in the boat. Next time I have to use more sunscreen, sunburnt my ankles of all places.