rain, cover crops, bare plants and ethiopian food


It was rainy here…finally. What a dry winter we’ve had up until now.

Scott ran around throwing out cover crop seeds down before the rain started (an old post about cover crops). The crimson clover and purple vetch are already sprouting.

The favas I planted earlier are thriving.

While I’ve been forcing roses into dormancy…

…Scott’s been on the other side of the yard taming raspberries into neat and tidy rows.

Six new bare root fruit trees await planting. Two cherries, one plum, one persimmon, and two more figs.

The seedlings are coming along well. Now that we have a place to grow inside with warm southern sun, we can start our seeds earlier than before.

All this winter weather has had us in the kitchen cooking with spices. Scott’s been making lentils and curried winter squash soup. Last night I made our favorite Beef in Berbere Sauce (taming the heat by paring the 1T of cayenne down to 1/4t.) with…

injera. Reminding me of my high school and college days when we used to adventure into Berkeley to the Blue Nile for Ethiopian food. So sad to hear they are closed.

Hope these winter days are going well in your part of the woods.

p.s. As often as I can remember, I thought I’d post back to previous years around the same date. January 26, 2009 More Edible Weeds


Filed under Cover Crops, In the Kitchen, Recipes

7 responses to “rain, cover crops, bare plants and ethiopian food

  1. I didn’t get a chance to grow cover crops this year. Wow, how exciting that you have so many bare root trees to plant. I love Ethiopian food. Delicious.

  2. epeavey1

    I got a chance to sow a cover crop in my raised beds and in the garden, it is red clover and it really came up and covered the beds. I can hardly wait for spring to get here, we have been getting so much rain. I live in north east Georgia and it has been one storm after another. Come on spring where are you?

  3. My cover crops are very spotty. Probably need to reseed while it’s wet. Your title cracked me up.

  4. Our fava beans are sprouting nicely, but our free-range poultry flock is pretty much annihilating them. Yikes. I love Ethiopian food. I’ve never had much luck making it successfully at home though. I love your ambition.

  5. Melissa

    There is an Ethiopian Restaurant on 4th St. in Downtown Santa Rosa. I tried it once but everything was too spicy. 😦 I liked not eating with silverware, though!

  6. Hi there, your Ethiopian food caught my eye.
    I have been learning to make a few dishes as we are adopting a child from Ethiopia. The injera bread is something I have had to get used to. I had told my husband that since I also made curries that he, our son might have to eat his stew with roti or naan instead but since reading your post, I will try again using your recipe.

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