Wednesday, August 29, 2012

too many peppers, the phantom, and a fan of eggplant i am not

THIS is what my bell pepper plant has looked like all season long! Filled to over flowing with lovely green peppers. Sadly, before they get large enough to pick, they start turning black on the underside. Anyone have any ideas as to what that's all about? Oh, and the plant itself shot up like a little tree and stands about three feet tall! It's a bonsai pepper plant without my even having to trim it. Strange plant all around...

On to eggplant. I've tried it fried. I've tried it under a red sauce drowning in Parmesan cheese. The night before last I battered it with eggs and bread crumbs and baked it. I am, without a doubt, NOT a fan. I've tried, honestly I have, but for some reason, there's just something about the texture and the taste that makes my stomach look up at me and shout, "Hey! YOU! No more eggplant, 'kay? How about some chocolate?"

In other, more interesting news, I'm reading Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera" for the first time. I've seen the theatrical production several times and even enjoyed the new movie version with Gerard Butler. Until now, however, I have never read the story that started it all. And already I am inspired to create my own tale of phantoms and unrequited love. Oh and murder. Gotta have murder!

Any of you read The Phantom? What about eggplants? Got any recipes that may change my mind? And if you do know what's going on with those stubborn bonsai peppers, don't hesitate to speak up. I'm tired of using them for bird food!

Happy Tuesday,

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Manor Returns

Fall is hovering at the doorstep and the desire to recreate the Manor is overwhelming. I've missed the Manor. I've missed the conversations by the fire, rummaging with you through the attic, wandering the edge of the Fairy Wood and telling ghost stories by the firelight.

 How have you been? Seriously, I want to know. Over the next few weeks, I'll be reviving the Manor and I want you to be a part of it. What would you like to hear? See? Know? Ask and I shall, within reason, tell. 

Bear with me as I open the windows and air out the rooms. The garden needs weeding, the windows need washing, the floors need polishing. The pictures need to be straightened and the kitchen needs an overhaul.

Come along and enjoy the renovation. I look forward to sharing it all with you.

 All the best!
Jen, the Lady of the Manor