Our Weekend of Gardening and Food

This weekend has been really hot in Ohio, in the low 90s, when our normal temps for this time of year are more like 82, and the humidity is way too high! We spent Saturday shopping for an iPad and accessories, only to find that they were out at the Kenwood Apple Store in Cincinnati. We got on a priority list, which only means we get a chance at the next shipment, but my wife will get her iPad soon!

We also got some hardscape pieces from kind of a cool local place called Secret Garden. Ok, I don’t care for the name, but they have a lot of stuff for gardens in general. We got a metal tower topped with an armillary, which I need to set up, and we also got just a pole with a small armillary on it. We planted a deep purple morning glory at the base of the large one, hoping it will just take over the whole thing and look great. I’m going to monitor over the next several days to see how quickly it grows. After just one night, it’s already starting to wrap itself around the base of the structure!

After a long, hot day, I wanted a quick meal, so I fixed a flank steak on the grill, along with grilled red potatoes. With the steak, i wanted something fresh and tasty, so I mixed up a quick batch of chimichurri sauce. This is a green sauce from Argentina, and is basically a parsley base (one cup) with oregano (3/4 cup), jalepano chiles (2, seeded), lime juice (from 2 limes), garlic (4 cloves) and olive oil (as needed, up to a cup). It all goes in a food processor and gets mixed into a bit of a rough paste. I let the flank steak marinate in the sauce for a bit, then I grilled it, along with new potato wedges. The steak was served sliced on the bias and topped with chimicurri sauce.

Flank Steak with Potatos and Chimichurri sauce

Sunday rolled around, and the day was going to be hotter and even more humid than Saturday, so I wanted to get an early start on the garden, which needed to be mulched. I spread some Preen around (which prevents new plants from germinating, so weeds are lessened, then put mulch throughout the bed. My wife helped me spread it out nicely, and it looks great, I think. However, it was already really humid, and I was ready to quit by 10:00 am! Here are some photos of our garden…

Our veggie garden:

The herb and heirloom tomato garden:

I took a quick, cool shower after playing in the dirt… the shower felt great (don’t worry, no photos of that!), and found that my wife was fixing a breakfast of ebelskiver pancakes. You may have seen these; it’s kind of a new fad of making pancake balls that can be stuffed with different things. My wife was making blackberry ebelskiver. Once done, they got a sprinkling of powdered sugar, and I ate them! I also put some cinnamon infused maple syrup on a couple, which was really good!


The breakfast was a great surprise, and really great… It’s nice when my wife wants to cook breakfast! It’s been a great weekend so far!

Does your spouse surprise you with a meal that you don’t expect now and then? My wife likes pancakes now and then, and these were a nice, new way of having them. I want to try cornbread that way, stuffed with pulled pork.

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

One comment

  1. Looks like that steak was well deserved after all of that hot work, Curt. You really have made me want to make chimmichuri this week.

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