Outdoors

Egyptian Walking Onions

…from the garden to the table.

This spring, Rich was raking leaves in the side yard, and un-leafed some tiny, tube-like plants.  “Hey, Katie”, he said.  “Are these onions?”  I was impressed with his onion recognition skills, and told him they were.  Our tenants last year must’ve planted them.  I didn’t want them in the side lawn, so I dug them all up and moved them into my flower bed in the back yard.   I had no idea what type of onions they were.

As they grew, I figured out that they were Egyptian Walking Onions, and that made me happy.  Seems that these onions are pretty much indestructible, and perennial.

It’s amazing how quickly these onions grew.  Here they are on May 7th:

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And here is the same patch of garden on May 30th:

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They get these ‘snake-in-a-bag’ looking things on top, which bursts open, and this is where the ‘top-sets’ are.

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Rich and Chris went out of town last week, and I decided to harvest some walking onions and cook them up.  I made steaks braised in red wine, dijon, and tarragon reduction, and I cooked the onions in some bacon fat on the side with some yellow onions, then put them on top of the steak, and melted some Provolone cheese over it all.  It was delicious.  I do have to say, though…these walking onions turned out kind of tough and stringy.  I wonder if I harvested them too late, or cooked them wrong…?

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Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting!

– K

Flowers from the Last Month

This post is really just to check in, let you all know I’m still around, etc.  Spring is a very busy time of year for me (and for everyone in Moab, really).  I’m so glad it’s almost over.

Tomorrow is my birthday – another birthday.  *sigh*  I will be at work for the occasion, which is fine.

I wanted to share some photos of my plants in bloom over the last month or so with you all.  Hope you enjoy!

Anacampseros rufescens, Opuntia basilaris v. aurea, and Chamaecereus ‘White Peanut’

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Escobaria missouriensis, Gymnocalycium doppianum, Coryphantha vivipara v. vivipara

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Echinocereus caespitosus, Echinocereus reichenbachii, Echinocereus ‘Pinky’

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Matucana madisoniorum

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…and a few non-succulents.  Asiatic lily ‘Black Out’.  My Mothers’ Day rose bush from last year produced a rose on Mothers’ Day this year.  The last photo is my new Azalea, which was this year’s Mothers’ Day gift from Chris.  I love it!  It’s got beautiful flowers.  I don’t know what to do with it, though.  I am thinking about keeping it in a pot, and maybe bonsai-ing it in the future.  Still not sure, though.

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Thanks for visiting and commenting, everyone!  I will try harder to post more in the future.

– K

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