Tuesday, August 26, 2008


"When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners themselves."

~ Chelone obliqua
Common name : Pink Turtlehead

~ Lovely combo



~ Great easy recipe (adapted from old Southern Living clipping) for the holiday weekend. Combine with any treat from the great August harvest ... sauteed summer squash & mushrooms, crisp salad, sliced tomatoes ... the world is our oyster this time of year.


3 lbs. well trimmed pork tenderloins

fresh rosemary

1/2 cup Tarmari or soy sauce

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 chopped green onions

2 cloves crushed fresh garlic

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh ginger

4 Tbsp. sherry (or bourbon for bolder taste)

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chopped rosemary

freshly ground cracked pepper to taste

  • Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, green onions, garlic, ginger, sherry, rosemary and pepper. Pour over pork and marinate several hours or overnight.
  • Remove pork from marinade and grill until thickest portion registers 155-degrees, turning once and basting with Gingered Jezebel Sauce the last 5- 10 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining Gingered Jezebel Sauce.

Gingered Jezebel Sauce

1 cup pineapple preserves

1/2 cup red pepper jelly

2 Tbsp. horseradish

1-2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer gently 3 minutes; remove from heat until ready to use (or microwave preserves and jelly in glass bowl at HIGH 2 minutes or until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients).

~ Garden friends

(Coleus and Turtlehead)


Garden Note: Turtleheads (native wildflowers arranged in spikes like snapdragons resembling a turtle's head with lower lip protruding) are a gift in the waning August garden (preferring moist or lightly shaded conditions) ... attract butterflies, showy, long lived, excellent for cutting, and easily divided in spring.


Jane O' said...

Well, once again you've taught me something new. I've never heard of a turtlehead. It's very pretty.

And the recipe sounds like a winner. There's nothing I like better than to read recipes and try to imagine the flavor. I'm sure I can taste this one now. Mmmm, good.

beckie said...

Joey, just today, I saw my first turtlehead. Rose and I visited the Idea garden again and it was in full bloom-so pretty! The had it in the bog section. Does yours grow in wet soil? The pork tenderloin sounds yummy.

joey said...

Hi Jane Marie ... I so enjoy turtlehead presence in my waning August garden ~ large clumps of lush dark green leaves and unusual spiked flowers bloom well into early autumn. As a young girl, I loved reading cookbooks like novels as did my mother (a fabulous cook).

I agree Beckie, turtlehead are a lovely site and do require moisture-retentive soil ... mine reside in semi-shade beneath a huge Douglas Fir.

Catherine said...

Beautiful captures Joey~I can see you and your new camera are fast becoming friends!:) I've never grown turtle head but have always admired it in seed catalogs, I have the perfect semi~shady spot!Now, all I need are some of your seeds...:) Love the Ken Druse quote~so true! Your garden friends are beautiful, and your recipes sound delicious~as always!

joey said...

Thanks Cat ... much to learn but I DO LOVE my new camera. Do give turtlehead try ... come on over and I'll dig a bunch up for you, I have tons to share ;)

Unknown said...

Great pictures all around, Joey. I especially like some of these artistic double-exposures.

About the gingered jezebel sauce... I don't particularly care for horseradish. Do you think that I could just add in some more ginger, or maybe a little hot pepper flakes, to add some bite without the horseradish?