Still no artichokes...but I did plant my other cool weather crops (chickpeas, sugar snap peas, fenugreek). The fenugreek is an experiment. I hope it grows well here, because I absolutely adore paneer makhani, and fenugreek greens are the limiting ingredient.
Monday I spent most of the morning preparing a bed for my red rib dandelion. Then I went to plant it, and I discovered that the nursery mixed up my order and sent me red rib spinach instead. Phooey. I called their customer service, but the person I spoke to said she thought they just sold out of the dandelion, so they might send me a $10 coupon if they can't get it for me.
Some of the flowers in my yard have begun blooming. The nerine lily is gorgeous. The autumn crocus in the front yard just opened...and though I ordered the pink crocus, it seems the ones they sent me were purple. I called their customer service, but they only ship fall-blooming crocus in August/September, so they made a note to send me the pink ones next year. Better than nothing, I suppose.
I managed to get at least a dozen other flowers planted, mostly in the front yard. Many of them will bloom in the spring. I also spent a considerable amount of time digging up perennial weed bulbs. The darn things are dirt-colored and can be as small as grains of rice, so it's tricky to get them all. I have a lot of weeding still to go.
One thing I did this weekend was make a spreadsheet of all the grocery purchases I've made in the past week to compare prices of the things that I buy. The most expensive item I bought was a box of Morningstar Farms Breakfast Strips, weighing in at a unit price of $0.66/oz. Cheese came in second place. It's interesting to see how everything breaks down.
I've been experimenting with different ways to prepare chayote, since I still have about two dozen of them in my refrigerator. I already mentioned the potato/chayote gratin, which I made a second time because it was so good. I made a Thai-style curry with it, which wasn't bad, but if I ever make it again I'll just put the chayote in raw rather than steaming it first. I substituted it for zucchini in a zucchini bread recipe. That turned out delicious, but two loaves only used up half a chayote, so it isn't a very efficient way to eat it. Today I made up a batch of apple/chayote butter, using the apples from my CSA box. I don't know whether the chayote makes it taste any different from regular apple butter, but it came out well. I ate some for supper, spread on toast with a thick slice of extra sharp cheddar, accompanied by hot cocoa. Mmmm. It really tastes like fall.
I'm going to try to get more weeding done next week, before the whole yard is overrun. I've also been getting a good harvest of alpine strawberries, so I should be able to make a nice batch of jam.