Blue Sky Farm

My blogging posts and photos are part of me . I think of this as a scrapbook of my life. The names have not been changed.. they are real people who have crossed my path along my journey. Some I know intimately, my family and friends. If their names are mentioned it's a sure sign they are special to me and I love them dearly...come along see for yourself, perhaps you know some of them too..

August 14, 2009

Shelter in the Corn...

This morning when we managed to get out to the garden bundled in my sweatshirt and warm pants, socks & shoes.* it was mighty cold for us here in Klamath Falls ..... only 43 degrees and windy.* The sun had just cleared the mountain as it has been doing by 7:30a each morning.. I have hurt my back and slowly managed to work my way to the back door to go to the chicken coop. As I counted my "girls" all 10 were in sight... and also to my surprise were about 40 quail in my garden gleening anything the chickens had scared their way. I managed to get this picture of a few that didn't see me approach. Look close they are sheltered under my corn rows. I have noticed a bit more activity throughout the day as frogs and many different birds have found shelter here... also to my surprise and I am as greatful as the birds that My garden has flourished nicely having ammended it with topsoil & manure this spring. I have corn & squash, yellow wax beans *galore * beets and potatoes. I managed to pick a few of those beans for dinner carefully squatting instead of bending as instructed by my masage therapist.. Again today I had an appointment with her and tonight I must say Hurt worse than I did when I went there this morning. But that was to be expected after the work over she gave me.. So its back into the hot tub to soak, I think I shall have a glass of wine..*medicinal purpose* and hopefully tomorrow will be feeling better.. at least the birds will be happy... because I threw some extra treats their way into the shelter of the corn. There is a frost warning...can you believe that? And its going to be upper 80's next week... I do hope my back is better so I can get out and enjoy the warmth for a bit longer....Clay wants to go boating...

#1 Food Friday Shrimp & Scallops with Sweet Peppers

As promised My first entry in the Friday Food Chapter.

Living in the Pacific Northwest again I am aware of fresh seafood which my husband & I both love. Sweet Bay Scallops and Shrimp are probably our favorite tied with Dungeness Crab. The recipe I created is a blend of one I found in a Northwest cookbook (creator
unknown) and adusted to my my liking and it is printed below. The
cooking time was under 30 minuites. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Please feel free to leave your review in my comment space.


Northwest Scallops & Shrimp with Sweet Peppers.

1 lemon
12 oz spaghetti

1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 good olive oil
1 each-small green, red & yellow sweet peppers
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1-pound large raw shrimp, peeled & devained
3/4 lb petite bay scallops
1 can chicken broth
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup fresh grate dparmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste

With zester, cut the peel from lemon and slice into fine shreds
Reserve zest & juice
Cook spaghetti in water for about 9 minutes until al dente
Drain, rinse and drain again
Heat butter & olive oil in a 12 inch skillet on med-high heat
Add all sweet peppers, garlic & hot pepper flakes
Cook stirring about 1 minute. Remove peppers and add scallops, shrimp and lemon zest and shreds to the empty skillet.
Stir for 2 minutes, add chicken broth cover and leave for about 5 minutes until shrimps have cooked, they will turn pink and the scallops will be opaque. Be careful not to over cook the seafood.
Return Pasta to the pan you cooked it in and top with the scallops, shrimp and peppers and lemon threads.
Toss with cilantro and salt & pepper to taste.
Turn heat to low to heat intil hot.
Serve immediately topping each serving with parmesan cheese.
Bon Apetite!
I pared this dish with a Barefoot Pinot Grigio.