Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Fruits of Our Labor


I had to give in and use a pesticide on my cabbages.  The flour/water mixture just wasn't cutting it.  I am told that the pesticide that I used is environmental friendly and edible.  I'm not sure that either is true, but it smelled horrible.  It is working, however.  Nice!

Eating from the Garden

We are so impatient at my house.  We have been itching to eat from our garden.  So far, the garden has produced 2 ripe grape tomatoes, a small head of lettuce, and lots of fresh mint.

We ate the tomatoes right off of the vine. 

We used the tad bit of lettuce to add to our steak wraps.

And, I am saving the best for last... drum roll please...

we made mint-infused simple syrup with the mint leaves.  Yes.

I know this isn't the greatest picture, but trust me, it was delicious!

What would one do with mint-infused simple syrup you ask?  Drink it straight out of the pot.  Make mojitos, of course.  You can also add it to iced tea (to make mint tea) or lemonade.

The recipe is simple -- that's why they call it simple syrup.  Put equal parts sugar and water into a pot.  Bring it to a boil and melt the sugar.  Add flavors (herbs/fruits) and remove from heat.  Allow to cool.  Strain herb/fruit bits from the mixture.  Enjoy!

I know, these are small victories, but they are victories nonetheless.  Right?


Deviled Megs said...


Fairy Grandmother said...

I am looking forward to some food from the garden...and the mint simple sugar did taste great...of course I didn't have it in a mojito and that would be better!