Broccoli/Cauliflower Update

I thought the broccoli and cauliflower needed their own post to bask in their glory, we’re so proud of them.  Have you ever eaten broccoli seconds after cutting it off the stalk?  Most amazing broccoli ever.

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Everyday we go up to the garden we have a little afternoon snack.

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Sometimes I even put it on a plate with some cheeses. :)

 

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More beauty.

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More, we had this for one dinner with other window farms vegetables (ill make a post on this soon).

Broccoli and cauliflower! Our first time growing from seed... yay!!

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Now most of the broccoli plants look like this as the season is winding down for them and we’ve used the main heads. What a great time though it’s been.

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Can you see how big the leaves are? They’re so beautiful.

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Can you believe the cauliflower is growing? It’s really cauliflower! First time for me. :)

Garden Update

It’s been 2 weeks since our last garden update and where would Meowzas be without garden pictures!

Remember when I told you we were done, and we weren’t expanding anymore? Well today we made 2 more boxes.  Really this is it this year (I think).

Also ignore the grill/picnic supplies – we had burgers/corn on the roof tonight next to the garden. :)

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Everything is very green and growing strong.  I can’t believe the end of May is not over yet and already we have this!

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These are the tomatoes (and little peppers off to the right). It’s not even June yet and these guys are are on the 3rd tier of the cages.  Not sure what we’re going to do if they keep growing like this, we’ll have to figure out how to support them even higher.

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Bushy strawberries and carrots.  The carrots look better now then they basically looked all last year.

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My strawberry plant from last year is going wild, it has so many runners on it – it just wants to grow, grow, grow.  I wish I could give it all the space/soil it wants!

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I think the corn will be knee high by the 4th of July.

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The potato experiment is working too! I can’t believe it, we’re going to have potatoes this year!

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Sugar snap peas looking big and good. 

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3 pumpkins and the watermelon.  We are pairing them up and putting them into boxes (still in their buckets), that way they can grow outside of their buckets and wrap around as much as they want to.

Halupki Casserole

Halupkies were a big thing in my house growing up.  I have a very Polish background, so my mom would wrap cabbage up with ground beef, tomato sauce and spices and we’d call it a glorious dinner.  I would help her while just eating raw cabbage dipped in tomato sauce (amazing snack imo).  I’m not sure if halupkies are popular elsewhere but in Pennsylvania coal country they are.

This is the same thing as cabbage rolls, except here we’re not making rolls, we’re making a casserole.  Think cabbage rolls but then cut up with a fork.  Yeah we’re talking lazy here. 

Super easy, cheap meal.  You basically mix a bunch of things up, add heat and then just wait.  

 

1.25 pounds ground beef

23 oz tomato sauce  (save 8 oz for the end)

1 can tomato soup (campbell’s – there is no other)

1 cabbage head (chopped)

1 egg

1 cup uncooked white rice

1 cup beef broth (i make with bouillon cube, but you can use a can if you want)

sprinkles of spices:

worcestershire sauce

garlic powder

oregano

sea salt

pepper

onion powder

 

Directions:

Chop cabbage head into small pieces – I don’t use the dirty outer leaves, and I tend to use about 1/2 of the cabbage head total.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl together – yes we’re talking raw meat, tomato sauce, tomato soup, egg, rice, chopped cabbage, spices.  Mix it by hands.  Make sure they’re clean.  Yes, it’s gross, but it’s kinda fun too.

Put in your crockpot on high.

Pour beef broth on top.

Cover on high for 4-5 hours.

After 4 hours, test cabbage for crunch to see how much longer.

For the last 30 minutes, I add a additional 8 oz can of tomato sauce on top.

Eat!

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Ingredients. 

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Put everything in a bowl.

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Mix with your hand.  Call your other half into kitchen to take a picture at this point.

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Cabbage, all cleaned, ready to be chopped.

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All mix together.

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Add beef broth, put in crockpot for 4-5 hours.

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Adding additional tomato sauce for the last 30 minutes.

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Nutella + Peanut Butter Brownies

I have a new game I’m playing by myself.  I always buy ingredients and don’t use everything and often the rest gets thrown away. I want to stop this, so my mission is to find recipes that use left over ingredients.  I bought some cocoa powder a while ago that I used for hot chocolate once and into the pantry it went.  So today I decided to pull it out and make some Nutella + Peanut Butter Brownies.  You are going to love me.

You can find the original recipe here, my slight tweaks are below.

2 sticks melted margarine
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla flavor
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt (i prefer sea salt)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup peanut butter (any kind)
Chocolate chips (to put on top!)

Mix flower, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder together.

Melt butter over low heat until completely melted.  Add in sugar and vanilla. Remove from heat.

Add in eggs – one at a time.  Stir good!

Microwave your Nutella and peanut butter together until it’s creamy – about 15/20 seconds.

Stir everything together.

30 minutes – 350 degrees.

Let cool, then put mini chocolate chips on!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients: Flower, Sugar, Butter, Nutella, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Vanilla, Salt, Peanut Butter, Eggs.

 

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Here is the cocoa powder, it was 10.99 a pound – I wasn’t messing around when I bought it.

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Mix flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder together.

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Melt the butter over low heat, this takes some time, but patience. Put on a little music and dance during this time.

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Add the sugar and vanilla until it has a apple sauce-like creaminess.

 

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Mix the eggs with it, one at a time.  Don’t forget to compost the shells after you’re done. :)

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I know you’re thinking where’s the Nutella? Yeah well I use Dellinut – it’s Kosher Nutella.  It’s delicious and I usually eat it by the spoonful when I’m home alone.

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1/2 cup Nutella, 1/2 cup Peanut Butter.  Nuke it in the microwave for 20 seconds.

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At this time, cats and people will start to smell the amazingness you’re creating and will begin surrounding you.  Don’t lose your concentration, we know their tricks.

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When you pour the peanut butter/nutella into the mixture, the smell will affect you.  You will start seeing stars, you will begin humming a tune, your belly will make sounds.

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Mix the mixture up good, to a point of where you want to just eat it. 

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Pour in a pan, 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Always save a little bit from your bowl.  This will preoccupy you while it’s in the oven.  This is my favorite part.  Enjoy! Check your email, make a blog post, just clean up your mess on the keyboard when you’re done (ooops).

All done, MMMMM!  A delicious dessert, or dinner. ;)

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Events

The Idealists gave us a chance to introduce our work to some people this week.  We opened up the event by discussing upcoming projects and a general thought of what’s possible with working across platforms and general technology insanity that we (excitingly) babble on about.

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We are now repped by 1+1 MGMT.  Bonus points of our agency having the same logo as us. :)

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Come to the NYU ITP Spring Show this Sunday and Tuesday.  It’s a collection of amazing projects that will inspire and blow you away.  We have a video installation in it, stop by and say hi!

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Read a multi-page interview in Bullet Magazine on us.  It’s kinda crazy, but in a good way.

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I can’t wait to share all the new projects we’ve been working on.  The most exciting work is the stuff you haven’t made yet, and don’t know how you’re going to do – the new ideas that push you.

Garden Update

The garden is in full progress, I can’t believe last year it wasn’t even started yet…

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The broccoli and cauliflowers are looking beautiful.

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All the broccoli plants have started to produce.  We noticed a cauliflower plant started today too.

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We were worried about our tomato plants when we transplanted them a few weeks ago.  We thought growing them from seed this year wasn’t going to work as they seemed weak and yellow, but a few weeks later and they have proven they’re going to be strong tomato plants this year!  We also gave each plant it’s own cage as well.

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The strawberries from last year are such thugs.  They have so much new growth, almost like they’re teasing the new plants with it’s brute strength.

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Sugar snap peas are great, and all the corn has started as well!

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3 pumpkins, 1 watermelon (new for us) and experimenting with potatoes as well!

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The strawberries (now you can see how it’s teasing the other 2), some flowers and our 2 bins of carrots.

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The full garden this year.  How exciting!!