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12 May 2014 @ 04:25 pm
gardening & not-baking  

Young Indiana inspects our potatoes, which are growing like gangbusters.
Young Indy & Potatoes

I thought the idea of putting them near holes in the container was that the tops would grow that way, but apparently the whole thing is shallow enough that both layers of potatoes are just reaching for the top. Gangbusters!

strawberries & lettuce

Several of our strawberry plants didn’t take and I haven’t gone to get more, but two are looking healthy, and our lettuce is growing nicely! In fact, all of that has now been clipped back and will shortly be part of our dinner!

We’ve just sowed carrots (for the value of ‘sowed’ that involves a 4 year old’s assistance, so basically: handsful of seeds tossed into the container to see what happens), I’ve got cucumbers to plant for pickling, and we have a few pea runners going, but the slugs are getting to them and I need to … well, what I really still want to do is get hanging containers for strawberries, peas and tomatoes, but really to do that I also need someone with more enthusiasm for drilling holes in concrete than any of us have. :)

I wanted to make peanut butter pie while my in-laws were here, and after some exasperation, failed to find a recipe that did what I wanted. I mixed and mashed some and added a bit of my own and came up with this, upon which I forgot to drizzle chocolate, not that it by any stretch of the imagination needed it. :)

peanut butter pie

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Herefoxherefox on May 12th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to try making a peanut butter pie but so many of them have chocolate in them, which I'm allergic to.
kitmizkit on May 12th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well, this one does too, but it doesn't have to, as it's just a layer of ganache over the graham cracker crust!

The recipe...I can't find the recipe, but since I invented parts of it, I can say with a fair degree of certainty that it went a lot like this:

Graham cracker crust:
1 1/3 c crushed graham crackers
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c melted butter

Mix together, press into the bottom & sides of a 9" pie pan, bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from oven & allow to cool.

Peanut butter filling:
1 c smooth peanut butter
1 c sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp butter
1 1/3 c cream, whipped

Mix peanut butter, sugar, cream cheese, salt, vanilla and butter thoroughly. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon or gently pour into the cooled pie crust. Refrigerate until it's more or less set, then NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM

(For the ganache, not that it's relevant to you, I used a cup of cream and a cup of chopped bittersweet chocolate; heat the cream, melt the chocolate into it, allow to cool somewhat, pour carefully over the sides of the crust so it runs down into the bottom, refrigerate for 30 minutes, repeat until the ganache is of a satisfactory thickness. Then put the peanut butter filling in and drizzle the remains of the ganache over the top of the pie!)

Edited at 2014-05-12 04:39 pm (UTC)
Herefoxherefox on May 12th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks! I may have to try that this weekend.
Karenklwilliams on May 19th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
The cheap recipe, that I use when the diners are mostly children, is:

mix 1 cup peanut butter with 1 cup powdered sugar
sprinkle this mix along the bottom of a baked pie shell
pour vanilla pudding on top of pb/sugar layer (if for kids, this can be Jello pudding, but for adults this can be custard, with meringue on top)
sprinkle the rest of the peanut butter/sugar mixture on top

Simple, kids love it (I like it).

I have a much better, more complex one, but that's the basics.
1. Choose the kind of crust you want
2. Make the peanut butter/powdered sugar layer
3. Choose what kind of pudding/custard you want (and if you want meringue)
kitmizkit on May 19th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
You can't get pudding mix here! It's tragical!
Ghost Light: Chew chew chewghost_light on May 12th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
That pie looks incredible!
kitmizkit on May 12th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
It was really tasty!
Alix (Tersa): Gardening (tersa)tersa on May 12th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
If you can get it over there, look for copper tape and put it around your pea plants or anything else being attacked by the slugs. The electrical conductivity of it deters them and protects the plants. :)

kitmizkit on May 12th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
ah! I shall check around, thank you!
Alix (Tersa): Gardening (tersa)tersa on May 12th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
It's kind of a necessity here in California. :)

If you can't find copper tape, anything copper will do. zdashamber was thinking about taping U.S. pennies around her pots until tavella and I reminded her about the tape.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on May 12th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
We have a great product here called Sluggo, although there are other brands too. It contains iron phosphate, which is not only organic and harmless, it is good for the plants. The slugs ingest it and then can't digest their food, so they just disappear. works like a charm.
kitmizkit on May 12th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'll look for that, too! Thanks!
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on May 13th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Nice! I always love the idea of gardening, but honestly I tend to murder every plant I try to grow, so it's best not to try. Yours, however, is wonderful!
Min: ORaleigh?phantomminuet on May 13th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
handsful of seeds tossed into the container to see what happens

Hey, that's the way I garden, too!
kitmizkit on May 13th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's how humans gardened for eons, so I'm okay with it. :)