Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wide Angle and Schnitzel

I tried out the new wide angle lens. This is a 17/40 so it does not take panoramic views.


This is the wisteria growing over my sons pergola.


It is planted in a perfect location with southwest exposure and all day sun. It is abundant to say the least. It is looking like "Little Shop of Horrors".


This is a shot of his backyard. Just three years ago none of these plants were here except for one big old pine tree. It is becoming a jungle. The red maple was bought for 1.95 at the end of the season and was a mere twig. Look how much it has grown in just 3 years.


Here is a pic of my raised beds with the wide angle. It manages to pull in more than a normal lens would. If these raised beds don't produce this year they are coming out in the fall and I am going back to lawn.


Again, you can see how much more the wide angle covers. I need a lot more practice with it.


My raised beds are full of radishes right now. I will plant tomatoes and peppers later in the season. I plant lots of herbs in pots so they are right outside the door when I need them.



Pork Schnitzel Recipe
This is a very good way to make inexpensive schnitzel using pork instead of veal. I like it better with pork because it is more tender. I had some pork tenderloins which I needed to use before the expiration date.


I cut them into 1 # thickness and placed them between double sheets of saran wrap. Then covered them with more saran and pounded them out to about 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin.


After they were pounded, I layered them on a plate and sprinkled them with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.


When they were ready for coating I placed flour, beaten egg and corn meal in three separate plates. First you dip a piece of pork into the flour and press to coat on both sides. Then you dip both sides in beaten egg, this holds the cornmeal. Finally you press it to coat in the cornmeal.




I like to use a cast iron skillet in which I have melted a bit of butter and some olive oil.


Fry on both sides until golden and crisp.


Keeps these in a 180 degree oven until ready to serve. They make great sandwiches but I served them over angel hair pasta tossed with a bit of butter and topped with a fried egg and capers.


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11 comments:

the wild magnolia said...

Garden beauty and yummy. A compelling combination!

I like the wide angle lens. It fills the frame with lots of garden goodies.

This recipe looks so good. When I really like a recipe I swear I can smell the aroma.

Have a great day.

xoxo to The Teddy!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I think the photo´s taken with Your new lens is great! But I guess it feels a bit unusual now in the beginning.

1.95 for a maple!! I don´t think I can buy seeds for so little money :-) :-) :-) That was a good bargain!

I actually belives there might be some life left in my wisteria :-) I scraped the bark and it looked green benieth. If not I will have big troubles taking it down, that will take days I´m afraid :-) :-)

I love schnitzel! But I don´t think I´ve ever made it from veal. I always belived it should be made from pork :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Pricilla said...

Don't you just love whacking a piece of meat? Let's out a lot of aggression. heh

The new lens looks like fun!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Can't get over your garden... so beautiful.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Mmmm....schnitzel!!! This is a family staple around here. My mom is from Germany and this is the most frequently requested meal from her by anyone who visits!
Yours looks heavenly!

Your wisteria is incredibly beautiful!

Bangchik said...

I love the raised garden beds. Many and beautifully spread to fill the place... just perfect.

~bangchik

oldblackcatboo said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm
I'm hungry again!
And about your garden...
If I wasn't so crazy about you,
I would hate you out of jealousy! LOL!

Debbie said...

Wow!! I love the raised beds and the wisteria tree is amazing and that maple for 1.95 is unheard of! I have one prized Maple we grew from a baby. It was on my parents property...in the back yard of the house I grew up in, that is now sold, so it is very precious to me. Yours is lovely! The pork recipe is divine. I will be coming back her often for tips on gardening and cooking too! What a wonderful blog this is...from a kind, thoughtful, and loving woman! You seem to put so much love into everything you touch.

Suzie said...

New lenses always take some getting used to, but I think that it is already working wonderfully for you! I love wisteria. There is something so old fashioned about it. I wish that I could have some here, but there just isn't enough sun.

Does your family truly know how well they eat? They eat like they are at a 5 star restaurant, every night!

Bridgett said...

::ahem::

I think I'll just take up residence in your son's back yard. :)

All your grounds are SO PRETTY!

They remind me so much of English gardens. Just beautiful.

And that pork recipe...yum. When you said you put it over pasta, I was like, "Yep. That would be perfect."

XO

Sharlene T. said...

Beautiful pix of raised beds. And, of course, the florals are breathtaking. It could have just been a bad year for gardening last year. Only say nice things when you're around the beds and good things will happen... (or, use more fertilizer...)