Archive | October, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Bark

24 Oct


So last weekend we went to the West Seattle Farmers Market, and one of the vendors there was selling fresh cranberries, apparently dry harvested in their Olympia area fields. I wasn’t aware that made a difference, but the cute young man we talked to seemed to think so, lol. Along with the cranberries he gave us a nice handout with a bunch of recipes. One of the ones that intrigued me was chocolate dipped fresh cranberries. Apparently they can be eaten like chocolate covered strawberries, which of course I love like most people. Since I also love cranberries, sounded good to me!

But of course, I can’t leave a simple recipes alone… So mine ended up more like a bark, lol. So this is what I put in mine:

Double handful of fresh cranberries
Handful of hazelnuts
Good sized slice of candied ginger, slivered
I round bar of Mexican chocolate (Ibarra, if it makes a difference to you)
Double handful of chocolate chips

I slivered the candied ginger, crushed the hazels under a knife to break them up, and added those to a bowl of the cranberries. Then I melted the chocolate on a double broiler, and when it was thoroughly melted I folded in the cranberries, nuts and ginger.

Once the cranberries were coated, I spooned them out onto a oiled Teflon sheet, and stuck them in the fridge to harden. Turned out like a big chocolate bar, though I could have as easily made them into haystacks. Speaking of which, this same idea would have been good with pretzels and candied oranges or any number of varietions…

Anyway, these are wicked good! I’m surprised at the juicy texture of the cranberries, which often seem to me kind of puppy when fresh usually, but this way they are sweet tart without adding extra sugar. They are rusted and grainy since the sugar in the Mexican chocolate didn’t really dissolve, but I really like them! I will definitely be doing these again!


What’s Blooming- October 21st, 2014

21 Oct

Can’t believe it’s been so long since I have posted one of these… Got sidetracked and out of the habit I guess.

Today is a blustery but not too bad call day, which around here means it’s not raining, lol. Poured yesterday, was nice the day before, poured the day before that. It’s gotten cold and miserable out most days for gardening. I may like our climate in general, but I really hate cold water down the back of the neck, so weeding in the rain is NOT on my list of favorite things to do.

In general, the sled flowers are petering out, and the fall and early winter stuff is coming into its own. The fuchsias as for the most part gamely soldiering on, a bit bedraggled but mostly still blooming. The dahlias are looking mostly pretty nice, except I didn’t allow for floppage. The salvias are doing beautifully now for he most part. And the Cupheas are their usual cheerful selves. Hummers are buzzing around, I think we have our winter contingent now. No feeders out at the moment, but that may change soon. Anyway, just the typical fall garden for the moment.

Abutilon megapotamicum
Agastache aurantiaca
Achillea millefolium
Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’
Agastache ‘Grape Nectar’
Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’
Asclepias currasavica
Aster subspicatus
Bacopa monieri
Ballotta nigra
Begonia ‘Sparkle Orange’
Belloperome guttatus
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Camelia sinensis ‘Blush’
Canna patens
Choisya ternata
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Coreopsis (roseus?)
Claytonia sibirica
Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea ‘Eternal Flame’
Cuphea ignea ‘Flamingo’
Cuphea micropetala
Cyclamen hederifolium
Dicentra formosa
Eccremocarpus scaber
Dahlia ‘Honcha Surprise’
Dahlia ‘HS Date’
Dahlia ‘HS Flame’
Dahlia (classic pink)
Dahlia (red and white collarette)
Dahlia (white cactus flowered)
Fuchsia campos-portoi
Fuchsia magellanica ‘molinae’
Fuchsia magellanica (gram’s)
Fuchsia speciosa


Fuchsia triphylla ‘Billy Green’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Firecracker’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’
Fuchsia ‘Celebration’
Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Snowfairy’
Fuchsia ‘Display’
Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’
Fuchsia ‘Sunglo’
Fuchsia ‘Surprise’
Fuchsia ‘Whiteknight’s Anethyst’
Grevillea victoriae
Heliopsis ‘Tuscan Sun’
Heliotropium arborescens
Lantana camara ‘Landmark Peach Sunrise’
Lavendula angustifolia
Linaria purpurea
Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’
Lobelia erinus
Lonicera japonica ‘Pink Lemonade’
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’
Impariens omeiana
Impatiens ‘Fusion Peach Frost’
Mimulis aurantiaca ‘Curious Red’
Oenothera missouriensis
Ocimum basilicum ‘Magic Mointain’
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’
Oxalis triangularis
Pentas lanceolata
Plectranthus ‘Velvet Elvis’
Primula acaulis
Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia coccinea (gold leaf)
Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’
Salvia farinacea ‘Fragrant Violet’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’
Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’
Salvia microphylla ‘Red’
Salvia patens ‘Cobalt’
Salvia ‘Amistad’
Salvia ‘Phillis Fancy’
Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Schizanthus grahamii
Sinningia sellovii
Stachys coccinea ‘Hidalgo’
Tagetes signata ‘Starfire’
Taraxacum officinale
Verbena hybrids
Viola cornuta
Viola x wittrockiana