Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ham and Swiss Pie (Kind of)

Recipe from The Country Cape B&B in Whately, MA 

Ham &  Swiss Pie

2 cups cut up ham
1/4 cup chopped onion     
2 cups milk
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
4 eggs
1 cup Bisquick 

Mix eggs, milk, Bisquick, salt & pepper
Pour over meat, cheese & onion
Put in greased 10” pie plate
Bake @ 350° for 35-40 min
(Done when knife inserted in centre comes out clean.)

        On our one B&B  of the trip that really served breakfast, we had a Ham & Swiss Pie that was so good that I asked for, and received, the recipe. Having been home for a few days I tried it out, in my usual fashion of using recipes as a guide only.  In this case I used pepperoni that was left over from making pizza the day before instead of the ham. I used an entire onion. The milk that I used was 1% instead of whole milk. I omitted the salt and pepper as we add our own at the table.Since I did not have any Swiss cheese on hand I used 1/2 cup of goat cheese and 1/2 cup of old cheddar cheese. Hey, I did use 4 eggs that were fresh from our hens so I did not change all of the recipe.  I try to not use mixes, i.e. Bisquick, so I looked at the ingredients of Bisquick and saw that it was basically flour, salt, shorting, and baking powder so I used 1/3 cup of tapioca flour, 1/3 cup almond flour, & 1/3 cup barley flour to cut down the amount of gluten in the mix and added about a half teaspoon of baking powder and half teaspoon of baking soda.

        I baked the mix in our oven at 350° for 37 minutes and it turned out great. I look forward to trying it again sometime soon!

        (I forgot to take the photo before any cutting. It actually got cut into 8 pieces but 6 of them disappeared at breakfast.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday Flowers

            Every Friday I go out looking for wild and/or naturalized flowers and make a list. This past Friday I spent time in the natural parts of the Royal Botanical Garden's Arboretum and then spent a couple more hours walking along the Hamilton Waterfront Trail.  Following is a list of the blooms that I found on this mid-October afternoon:

            (I tried to put in a table with English, French, and Latin names but it would not upload for some reason.)

Alyssum, Hoary *
Aster, Calico (Starved Aster)
Aster, Frost
Aster, Heart-Leaved
Aster, Heath
Aster, New England
Aster, Panicled
Avens, Catling's *
Beggar Tick
Beggar Tick, Tall

Bindweed, Hedge

Bugleweed, Rough
Bugloss, Viper's *
Butter-And-Eggs *
Catnip *
Celandine *
Chickweed, Mouse-Ear *

Chicory *

Clover, White *
Clover, White Sweet *
Comfrey, Common *
Coneflower, Tall
Coneflower, Thin-Leaved * 
Coreopsis, Tall
Crown-vetch, Purple (Crown Vetch) *
Dandelion, Common *
Dandelion, Red-Seeded *
Dogwood, Red-Osier (S)
Evening Primrose, Common
Fleabane, Daisy
Galinsoga *
Galinsoga, Small-Flowered
Goldenrod, Canada
Goldenrod, Lance-Leaved
Goldenrod, Tall
Groundsel, Common * 
Groundsel, Sticky * (S.Ragwort)


Herb Robert *
Knotgrass, Common *
Knotweed, Japanese *
Mallow, Common(Cheeses) *
Medick, Black *
Mustard, Black *
Nightshade, Eastern Black
Nipplewort *
Pink, Deptford *
Queen Anne's Lace *
Ragweed, Common
Ragweed, Perennial (Western)
Raspberry, Wild Red (S)
Smartweed, Water
Sow Thistle, Common *
Sow Thistle, Field *
Sow Thistle, Spiny-Leaved *
Storksbill *
Swallowwort *
Thistle, Bull *
Touch-Me-Not, Spotted
Vetch, Cow * (Tufted V.)
Wallrocket *
Witch Hazel
Wormwood, Sweet *

        The * means that the plants are not native to our area but have come elsewhere, mostly from Europe or Asia. The (s) is for shrubs and other names in parentheses are common alternate names.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Routines

        Finally, after a week and a few days, I am getting into autumn routines. I still have not been to the gym on a regular schedule but maybe next week events will fall into place. There are many chores  to be done to get the property ready for winter such as a last bit of mowing, putting benches away, cleaning up the various gardens, shearing the goats, etc. Hoping it will all get done before the snow flies.

        On the way to doing all that, there is still the regular dog walking, taking photos, and trying to read old mail from last month.  Following are three photos from the dog walk this morning:

Frost Aster (aka Old Field Aster)
 Aster velu
(Symphyotrichum pilosum)

Highbush Cranberry
Viorne trilobée
(Viburnum trilobum) 

Anémone de Virginie
(Anemone virginiana)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

        We just enjoyed 2 and 1/2 hours of Fleur-Ange's granddaughter and parents for a thanksgiving lunch and did not get one photo. It has to be the first time that has happened. We did have an exciting board game of Candyland however and the oldest person won followed closely by the youngest person. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12 Frost

        Enjoyed seeing the frost on some of the vegetation in the east meadow this morning.