First of all, what is Fermentation? People often think of beer or wine when they hear about fermentation, although the process extends to bread, cheeses, vegetables, yogurt, and beyond, and has been around since the beginning of the human era. At first, humans didn’t even know how it happened. In the East and in Europe, people gave thanks to the gods who changed watery juice … Continue reading Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!
We have lots of rare and heirloom vegetable varieties grown from seed right here on Lomita Farm. We will also have homegrown avocados, grapefruits, lemons, beets, and radishes available for purchase. Come on by and check us out this Saturday, May 5, between 9-11 AM. Contact me via this website for address details. Plant varieties include: Artichokes– Globe, Purple of Romagna Chard– Swiss Rainbow Chiles– … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo 4″ Potted Plant Sale @ Lomita Farm! 9-11 A.M.
I didn’t know a thing about chicories and radicchios except that they’re expensive, gourmet, and look pretty. Of course, when R asked me what they’re like, I told him it is all similar to lettuce. Unsuspecting the almost unpalatable raw bitter taste and rather firm texture, R decided to throw a handful of large leafed treviso in his burrito while walking around the garden. The … Continue reading White Beans & Bitter Greens (Bacon or vegan? You choose!)
Just when I thought I came up with a scrumptious Cake That Can’t Be Beet recipe, I beat it with a new idea. In between my weed whacker stringing nightmare and coddling tomato seedlings, I stumbled upon even more rows of new beets springing up amongst the mature ones. Geez, those darn beets! Struck with an idea, I dropped everything, ran into the kitchen, and … Continue reading Farmhouse Beet Cake
If you’re searching for a unique dessert to impress, look no further! This novel and tasty cake will make you the who’s who among dessert bringers in your world of social events and family gatherings. On the other hand, if you’re like me and have beets coming up from the ground all year round, you’ll need another innovative way of getting your loved ones to … Continue reading A Cake That Can’t Be BEET!
Growing List- Spring 2018 We are super excited to see what this spring and summer give us with the varieties we’ve narrowed down to due to hardiness, abundance, and above all, taste. We’ve also added a few more varieties this season, such as the golden beet, chicories and radicchios, elephant garlic, pinkerton avocado, hops, and much more. Below is an “almost” complete list of what … Continue reading Our Spring 2018 Growing List & Raised Bed Layout (Zone 10, SoCal)
A few teeny tiny tomatoes? Unimpressive shrively winter squash? One or two spindly sprigs of kale? Hmmm….sounds like you may have bought veggie plants too early, or planted seeds at the wrong time. Unless you have a high tech growing facility, Mother Nature isn’t easily fooled. For a successful harvest, start your seeds and plant out doors when the time is right for our SoCal … Continue reading SoCal Planting Guides
Between a juicer and a blender, the blender is my method of choice for making the most flavorful pomegranate juice with a smooth, rich consistency. Removing the arils (seeds) from the membrane and pith creates the sweetest taste without the bitterness. Extracting the seeds by hand can be a slow, tedious process, but well worth it in the end. Method Extracting pomegranate seeds: Under a … Continue reading Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101
Pomegranate Molasses This scrumptious pomegranate goo is actually a thick simple syrup perfect for baking and using in salad dressings, marinades, and dips. For the tastiest pomegranate molasses, click on the link: Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101. Makes about ½ final cup Ingredients: 2 cups pure pomegranate juice (purchase or make your own) ¼ cup sugar ½ TBSP lime juice Directions: In a small saucepan over … Continue reading Pomegranate Molasses (DIY)
Makes 1 Chegg Ingredients: 1 TBSP ground chia seeds 3 TBSPS hot water Chia seeds can be ground in a blender, food processor, or by hand. A rough grind is okay. Add 3 tablespoons of hot (not boiling, but tap warmth) water and whisk thoroughly. Place in the fridge and use when cooled. Replace each egg with one Chegg in your recipes. Great for baking! Continue reading Chegg (Vegan Egg Substitute, 1:1)