Mar 27, 2012

Project Jalapeño

Never wondered about the lack of jalapeños in my recipes? Let me tell you why: we can’t buy them here. It’s okay, no really, I’ll wait for the shock to wear off.

But seriously, they managed to build this entire country below sea level but somehow growing a few jalapeño plants is an insurmountable problem. Pity us.

The one time I did find a farmer selling Jalapeños, I had to buy a whopping 5 pounds because of a minimum order amount. No problem: I had visions of jalapeño poppers, tables filled with copious amounts of Mexican food, and boatloads of spicy tortilla dips, so ending up with 5 pounds of crunchy, fiery jalapeños could hardly be considered punishment.

They arrived and, happy as a dog with seven tails, I trotted over to my kitchen sure that today would be the day I’d bite down into a fresh crunchy and spicy jalapeño instead of those nasty, mushy canned ones they sell here. Within mere seconds my bubble had bursted… these were little more than glorified bell peppers. There was no heat whatsoever.

It was a black day.

So, I decided it’s time I try my hand at growing my own peppers…


I went out and bought myself a propagator, a fancy one because: A) I’m a girl and don’t want to look at something ugly in my window sill and: B) I’m a girl.
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I’ll admit that fancy is rarely a good choice: this one doesn’t have a slide to let the air in so we’ll see how that works out.
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Also picked up a few 4″ pots… I like to get ahead of myself.

And, of course, I got the seeds and some decent starter-mix.
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See where it says “Exotic Groente“? Groente means vegetables in Dutch. Since when are Jalapeños considered vegetables?! A Jalapeño is a fruit as far as I know!

I meticulously went through the seeds, poking, prodding and checking them, tossing the losers: the smaller, misshapen and colored ones. I sprinkled them in a bowl and poured 1/2 a cup warm (not hot) weak chamomile tea on top of them.
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The opinions on soaking the seeds are inconclusive: some say you have to soak them for 2 to 3 days while others say 6 hours max or you’ll suffocate them. I stuck to 6 hours. You don’t want to plant the ones that are still afloat after this time, they’re not likely to germinate, or so I’ve been told.

I filled the containers 3/4 with the soil, gently pressing it down and leveling it.
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Drop 1 or 2 seeds in each tray, loosely spread another 1/4″ starter-mix all over.
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Gently level it but be very careful not to press it down or replace the seeds.

I wanted the seedlings and soil to be properly hydrated from bottom to top, so I filled the tray halfway up with water and placed the containers in it.
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After about 10 minutes you’ll see the moisture emerge at the surface. That’s your cue to remove the remaining water from the tray. We don’t want to drown the suckers!
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Place the cover over the containers.
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Lucky for me I have a South-facing window with plenty of sun and light all day.
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Now we wait…

For the record: I don’t have green fingers. I’ve killed practically every plant I’ve owned, so I figured this needed to be documented. If I can actually get a jalapeño plant out of this, anyone can.

Mar 26, 2012

Kayotic Ajam Paniki

Woke up with a sore throat this morning. Not good… not good at all. Too much to do and no time to get sick. Chili peppers seem to relieve the pain of a sore throat for me, so a spicy dish was in order. This is one of the few boemboe’s (Bumbu)—a wet Indonesian herb and spice pasta—you can often find in my pantry. The commercial version, that is. It…

Mar 21, 2012

Mountain Meatballs

I’ve been on a meatball binge all week, no idea why. Must be hormonal. Now, don’t give me that look… there are worse things to binge on! I’m Dutch… trust me, there are far worse things. I just couldn’t resist this divine meatball recipe I saw in ‘Jamie’s America‘ cookbook. I tweaked the heck out of it, though. The weather’s been fantastic here, finally it’s spring, so we fired up…

Mar 20, 2012

The Resting Buddha

Filed under: Expressions,home & garden,Home — Tags: , , — Kay @ 10:36 am

As I glanced around my living room, hallway and bedroom, it became exceedingly clear to me that my abiding love for Buddha statues might have reached an all-time high. It’s not for design purposes that I feel drawn to these statues—as beautiful as I think they are—or to any kind of religious art (I collect rosaries as well), to me it’s the peace and tranquility that seems to emerge from…

Mar 19, 2012

Peppery Asian Ribs

Your last meal on earth: what would it be? I can now safely say that, along with my Big Green Egg Ribs, these peppery Asian ribs are right at the top of my list. We need a food bucket list, people! I’ve meant to cook these ever since I wrote the crock-pot posting—the comment section has been filled with wonderful slow cooker recipes since then, you might want to take…

Mar 16, 2012

Feta, Scallion & Potato Cakes

I’m always on the lookout for new potato recipes and I dislike throwing food away.  In everyday life, these two things translates to me ending up with a fridge full of leftovers—waiting for a ride on my fork of doom—without a clear plan of action. I hate it when that happens. That’s why I was so thrilled to find a different (different is good in my world) recipe for them…

Lesser Kayotic Kitchen Part II

Filed under: Expressions,giveaways,Home — Tags: , — Kay @ 4:41 pm

Thanks for entering, everyone! gave me #43, Corinne. Please, contact me via the contact form in my website! Had I known what a huge hit these burlap storage bags would be, I would have bought a dozen sets of them. Two dozen! I did manage to get my hands on one extra set, so one last give away! If you want to enter, just answer the following question: “What’s…