I lost another pepper. Note the pepper on the left which I was hoping to vine ripen has split and rotted. This is the second pepper I’ve lost to rot. Fully one third of my summer crop has rotted away. But if the remaining four fruit survive this will be my most successful attempt at growing fruits in pots. A few summers ago my tomato plant produced two tomatoes. Then I tried cucumbers. Only got one. This pepper plant is actually growing peppers!
Every summer I try to grow something. A few years ago I started a tomato plant that produced two tomatoes. Then there was the cucumber plant that produced one cucumber.
This year’s confirmation of my Brown Thumb is a Gypsy Pepper plant.
It sure doesn’t look like the Gypsy Pepper plant pictures on Google Images.
“Send pictures of the Tiny Human.”
“Only if you send me your Citrus Gazpacho recipe.”
The exchange was made and Frenchy’s recipe follows:
For 6 Cups
- 4 large ripe tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 TBLS white wine vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups orange juice
- zest and fruit of 1 orange-remove the peel and pith
- zest and fruit of 1 pink grapefruit-remove the peel and pith
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced
- 1/4 medium red onion, diced
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced
- 1 TBLS olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- Cayenne pepper to your taste
Instead of using fresh tomatoes which you must boil for 20 seconds, then dunk in ice water to stop the cooking, cool, peel, then dice-you can use a can of diced tomatoes.
Use an immersion blender or container blender to mix the tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, orange juice, orange and grapefruit zest. Puree. Pour over the cucumbers, peppers, onion, orange and grapefruit, olive oil and seasonings.
This is best when it has been refrigerated overnight. Top with fresh cut basil before serving. A few pomegranate seeds in each serving for color.
Beautiful in martini or cocktail glasses as a starter.
Historical Note for Family and Friends
Frenchy is a real person and our friendship predates my marriage to The Boss. When the Doctor and the Architect were tiny humans themselves we would have wonderful meals at Frenchy’s. I’m positive I’ve had this gazpacho but at my age I can’t remember when. Enjoy!
It’s been three years since the dismal Tomato Project. The plant didn’t produce a lot of fruit and the experience dampened my enthusiasm for growing fruits and vegetables. The next summer I planted a cucumber plant that bore one cuke. The passage of time helps and I eventually got over my deep emotional wounds.
“Maybe I’ll try growing cherry tomatoes this summer…” was my thought until I decided to stick with what works. The two basil plants are doing very well this year. The rosemary is also growing but the oregano seems to be struggling. The empty pot on the patio with the tomato cage still bothered me and I kept thinking about planting something else. I had noticed the clump of dead grass in the pot and didn’t give it a second thought until this morning.
It moved. Maybe it was my imagination.
It moved again. So I watered it to see what would emerge. When the head popped out I thought it was a snake. When the tiny creature crawled completely out from under the grass I was surprised to see a baby bunny. The tiny bunny butt is at the top of the pot.
I obviously cannot plant anything in that pot.
I’m growing bunnies instead.
The final tomato. As you can see, the plant has stopped budding, all flowers have fallen off, and there has been no new growth for some time.
2014 Summary – 6 total fruit, 3 edible.
(unless this little fella ripens…)
The two pots of basil also did not do well. Some folks have no difficulties growing basil I seem to have the opposite effect on herbs. The purple basil died during a short heat spell. The other sweet basil plant (you can see the tip of the plant in the SW corner of the picture) is anemic.
Reminds me of the summer I tried to grow cilantro. It’s easier for me to pay fifty cents at the store when I want fresh cilantro.
Memo to Self – scratch “farmer” of list of possible second act careers.
The tomato plant is now taller than me. Since the branches are heavily laden with fruit I have deployed my tomato plant stake.
I am patiently awaiting the ripening of three more non-USDA certified, pesticide/herbicide-free ORGANIC suburban pot farmed tomatoes. I will not have enough fruit for a sauce.
We harvested our first tomatoes from the plant. They actually came off the plant several days ago but I couldn’t bring myself to eat them.
But tonight that all changed.
TACOS! Simple, fast, yummy.
The big boy got cut up. The little one was spared.
I broke down and ate the little one yesterday.