Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Screen House and Garlic Scapes

We put the screen house up for the summer and we sure do need it! The mosquito convention is back in town. I'm not kidding. This is where they hold their convention - and they are hungry!


We put the screen house between the main house (red) and the garage. There was a cement patio already in place when we bought the house and have since discovered that the previous owners actually put in the cement for their screen house. From the chairs, you can look out over the lake. Really nice!

Here is my reading chair. I put a few purses out there, too, so that you could see what I've been working on.


This is one of my new big bags. They have four pockets outside and six inside!


Garlic scapes are back! Scapes are the flower of the garlic that shoots up as the garlic matures. We snip off the scape so that the energy stays in root development. The scapes are absolutely delicious! They taste like a mild garlic and have a texture like a green bean.



The other day I picked some and made them into a garlic cream for pizza. Was that ever yummy!

Garlic Scape Cream

A handful of garlic scapes chopped into 1 inch sections (don't use the very top, that stays tough)
1 T butter
salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Heat 1/2 a cup of water and the butter in a saute pan. Add the garlic scapes and simmer in the water until they soften and the water evaporates. Let them get a little caramelized (cook long enough for their color to turn a little dark). Add the cream, a little salt and pepper, and simmer until the cream gets thick.

Drizzle that onto a pizza crust and bake in a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes. After baking, shave a little Parmesan cheese on top.



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