I wanted to write a post about the blueberry grunts I made last weekend much earlier, but simply didn't get around to it. The blueberry grunts pictured above don't look as nice as Lolo's, and probably didn't taste quite as good either, but they were, nevertheless, a delicious treat. I'm not being humble here--they don't look quite as good because of those cute little gratin dishes she made hers in, and the taste was a bit on the grainy side because I had no unbleached white flour and therefore used the durum atta flour I had on hand. Durum atta flour is an Indian whole wheat flour ideal for samosas, chappatis, puris, parathas, etc. We did however grunt with, err, blueberry delight.
In other news, my garden, though begun much too late in the season, is looking very nice. Looks more like an early summer garden than a late one, but I think we'll get some tomatoes out of it anyway. And maybe a small pumpkin or two as well. See below.
Here are some of the tomatoes. Still a bit small, but looking nice. I must admit I'm getting a bit impatient. I so want to eat tomatoes from my own garden--sliced on toast with margarine, diced into tofu scramble, pureed in a sauce, etc.
I know, on to the pumpkin sex. WTF am I talking about? Well, for some time now our little pumpkin plant has been producing a lot of flower buds. So, while waiting impatiently, I did a little research and learned all about the
birds bugs and the bees in relation to pumpkins. I learned that pumpkin plants have unisexual flowers, both male and female flowers on the same plant, and rely on insects to carry the pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers. The male flowers, as could be expected using a human analogy, grow several inches out, while the female flowers stay close to the plant.
With the decline in bee populations, it is increasingly recommended that humans get involved in pumpkin sex. This is especially so for prize pumpkin growers and those, like myself, who have only one or two plants in their gardens. What the human needs to do, apparently, is to take the stamen from a male flower and use it to dust the female plant with pollen to fertilize it. One can even, for extra security, place the stamen right into the female flower (sex toys, anyone?). Anyway, as you can see from my pictures, I don't need to get into the action, but can remain a voyeur, as there are most definitely bees and other insects present. I watched the same insects flying back and forth between the male and female flowers. I think fertilization will happen without my intervention, though I did snap some pictures of the pumpkin porn for you to view :>).