Before, they were here

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Paprika peppers. We plan on hanging them to dry and then pulverizing them into a powder. Maybe I’ll be able to convince Keith to put a few in the smoker so we can have smoked paprika. Have you tried it? So good on chicken breast (the cooked kind).

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Naga jolokia. The Ghost Pepper. Supposedly the hottest pepper in the world. (In 2000, India’s Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) reported a rating of 855,000 heat units (SHU) on the Scoville scale. For comparison, Tabasco rates at 2,500–5,000, and pure capsaicin (the chemical responsible for the pungency of pepper plants) rates at 15,000,000–16,000,000 SHU.* Source Wikipedia)  We grew it.

Keith donned the gloves (see here for my early article on picking hot peppers without gloves – NOT recommended) to pick them. We still have some on the plants outside, and we gave the rest to Popper. (If you haven’t checked it out, Popper’s Artisanal Meats (formerly Popper’s Sausage Kitchen) makes some great food.

 Keith plans on drying the Ghost Peppers and the grinding them to a powder for use in the kitchen. I can’t imagine a recipe I’d be willing to try that includes THAT for a spice. If you have recipes, feel free to share in the Comments section.


Keith painted a portion of our kitchen wall with magnetic paint, then layered it with chalk paint. I am having way more fun than a 40-year-old-with-chalk should be.


Great scene in When Harry Met Sally.  No, not that one. I’m talking about the one with the Pepper in my Paprikash scene. Why, you ask, am I mentioning this scene on DaisyPatch Farm? Because we are growing paprika peppers. Successfully I might add. They are free from any sort of disease or blemish including, but not limited to, mold, mildew, fungus, blight, bugs, boils, canker sores, acne, carbunkles, exzema, impitigo, scabies, ringworm, dandruff and genital warts. We haven’t seen them afflicted with alopecia, lice, calluses, rosacea, folliculitis, varicose veins, vertigo, athlete’s foot, malignant melanoma or even buck melanoma. Here’s hoping we can keep it that way.

Although now that I look at this picture more closely, I do see a snail. Dammit! I can’t freeking win.