Vacacita beans

October 10, 2006 // 3 Comments

I bought about a pound of beans called Vacacita in Mexico City this spring. I planted them very late here in Napa (July 1) but they came up by the 8th. The plants are as healthy as can be and there are some white blossoms but so far no beans. I don’t think they’re going to produce. I have some back up seed for next year when hopefully I can start earlier. The few flowers will be (Click for more)

Leftover chile sauce

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

I had lots of chile sauce leftover and I’m getting obsessive with the technique of poaching eggs in chile sauce, I did it again for breakfast. I thinned out the chile sauce with chicken stock but I’m beginning to suspect water would have been fine. I added some previously cooked nopales (cactus paddles) and when the brew was simmering, I gently cracked two eggs into the pan. (Click for more)

Bean flowers

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

People don’t tend to know how beautiful bean flowers are. Let’s put an end to that right now! These were the last to germinate but the first to bloom. They are a Tarahumara Tekomari runner bean (which is kind of funny as they are known for being such good runners themselves.) These are Black runner beans. So far I haven’t seen much of a yield and now that the rain is starting I (Click for more)
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