Garden Bounty

Living in the central valley has its perks and there is a reason why it is one of the world’s most agriculturally productive lands. Thanks to the wonders of irrigation, acres and acres of rice and other food crops are grown in a climate akin to the inside of a dry blast furnace. During the summer months, I rarely made trips to the farmer’s market (seriously, who wants to go browse for food in 100 degree weather) and it seemed like we always had a plethora of free veggies from various friends’ and coworkers’ gardens. So when our friends Jake and Kendra went out of town for a couple weeks, we got to take care of their garden….and by garden I mean their giant plot of land full of vegetables. Cucumbers (Japanese, Lemon, Pickle, Armenian), eggplants (Italian, Japanese, Thai), tomatillos, peppers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, green and purple string beans to name a few. Yuan even came out to visit one weekend and helped us harvest the garden.

Behold our bounty!

sungold tomatoes

Italian eggplant

baby Japanese cucumber

Summer BBQ in Berkeley

Call it laziness, call it preoccupation…we prefer to call it summer vacation. Yes loyal readers, all four of you (hi mom), we are back! Or at least we’re going to try to be…It’s August here in the greater bay area, which means Yuan and Little Miss are shrouded in fog and probably developing vitamin D deficiencies, while the Princess is roasting to a crisp in the scorching Central Valley. Thankfully we have great friends in Berkeley who let us take over their house and yard in exchange for grillables and a little manual labor in the garden!

Heirloom tomato caprese salad

Assorted grillables

Wild sockeye salmon