Rainy days

I can’t count the number of times we have had a beautiful sunny week, then end up with a rainy weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually love rain, but it’s not conducive to working in the garden, especially if it’s a hard rain.  This morning, we could see that it was going to be overcast, and unsure of what the day would be, we got out there early and planted about 150 purple asparagus starts.  David did the hard work of digging the trenches; I spaced the starts out in the trenches, and covered them with the dirt.  It was perfect weather for this kind of work, and we got it done fairly quickly.  This was good because then it started to rain harder and even got a little chilly.  I didn’t get a chance to take a picture because of the rain.  The news forecast expects snow on Mauna Kea tonight!

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Yesterday, I picked some lemons and made a really simple lemon pie.  See the recipe below.  I forgot to take a picture before we dug in and started eating it, it was so pretty, that I took a picture anyway.

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Make a simple graham cracker crust and bake in the oven for 8 minutes.  I used 1 1/2 packs of the crackers and a stick of butter.  The filling is:

3 cups sweetened condensed milk, 3 egg yolks, and 2/3 cup of lemon juice (next time I’m going to use limes to make it a little tarter).  Mix that all together, pour into the baked crust and bake another 10 minutes.  Let it cool on the counter and refrigerate before eating.  You can top it with whipped cream and lemon slices, but both David and I aren’t huge fans of whipped cream, so I left that off.

It was super easy to make and set really nicely.  I will definitely make it again just because it was so easy.

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Crayfish

We have a number of ponds on our property. One is fed by the overflow of our catchment. The others are fed by our connection to the Hamakua ditch system. Because of this we have somehow gotten some crayfish in our pond. They have multiplied, not greatly but if you sit awhile by the edge of the pond, they’ll slowly venture out so you can see them. Last week, we set some traps and caught a nice bunch. Because we have mud ponds, we flushed them in fresh water over a couple of days. We then boiled them with some crab boil seasoning and ate them. Crayfish aren’t large, so you have to eat a number of them. They were great especially dipped in some garlic butter. What a nice unexpected treat from our farm.