This blog is a platform to publish my experiments with cooking. It also incorporates my organic farming ventures at home. It is high time we discard the toxic and adulterated food and go back to mother nature and find more edible plants and fruits which are not preferred by the present generation. We are also bringing out a self invented recipe of healthy and delicious fresh cut Veg. Salads and Soups which can be tried by anyone for a change.
It was a sad sight to see the desperate grey heron caught up in the net and was unable to escape. The poor creature was coming to snatch the fish on and off in the the summer months when the water dries up in the ponds and the fields... but due to the pond covered with net, would walk by the sides and see if there is any scope to enter the water. And finally it did. But since the fish was big, it was unable to catch any and was in panic to escape. So I lifted the side of the net and helped the poor bird to fly off.
The grapes this season was late and small in qauntity. Blame it on the climate change. I pruned the plant as usual after the rains in August 2016 and waited for the flowers. But hardly 1 or 2 appeared and that too with less grapes. It died prematurely and some of the flowers even got perished in the sunlight. I pruned the plant again 2 times to finally get some 10-15 bunch of flowers. The final harvest is all that is seen in the plate. I however ate some before tasting it in the final days...!! Gave to some well wishers also to taste.
This Beetroot an American variety with pink rings inside on white flesh is grown in Ollur, Thrissur. Some have grown to normal size but most were small due to the climate, a whopping 38 degrees in March April. The curry tastes good and I made fresh Beet juice as well.
Here is my Lunch plate. Apart from the rice, the curries and fish fry plus pickle are all organic. The fish GIFT Thilapia grown in my backyard pond although small is deep fried. The fresh beetroot harvested although looks more of Carrot because it is an American variety. The Brinjal or eggplant also came from my backyard. The pickle made of dried Irumban Puli is ofcourse organic. It is good to cut a lot of chemical ladden food from your plate and eat fresh home grown fish and vegetables.
Mushroom is a very tasty and nutrient rich vegetable which comes close to dummy meat as well. The Mushroom dishes like Chilli Mushroom, Pepper Mushroom and Chinese variants are very popular in high end restaurants. Growing Mushroom is a bit tricky but the harvest day will bring immense joy and the preparation of Mushroom dish is very satisfying to your taste buds. Seen here is my getting ready for the crop to be hoisted on beams in a dark room of my home in Ollur, Thrissur. I got the seeds from the KAU, Mannuthy, Thrissur and I am using Saw dust as the medium to growm Mushroom.
Grapes is getting popular in Kerala as well. Growing Grapes in Kerala was not common until recently. The change in climate and the cool winter months is favourable for growing grapes in Kerala now. Cool nights and hot sunny days are ideal for grapes. I have both rose and green grapes at home. Timely pruning and giving the right manure will foster the plant and in return gift you one of the tastiest fruit on earth.
Jarjeer as called in Arabic or more commonly known as Salad Rocket in the West and also known as Arugula is an excellent green leaf which is very good for heart and rich in getting Vitamins, Minerals and Anti-Oxidant. The leaves are popular in the middle east as a pre meal appetiser. It is eaten raw and as part of a Salad in many countries.