Spicy Whitefish Marinade
I think fish is, well, just fish, unless you do something interesting to it. This spicy marinade includes seasonal greens and herbs such as rosemary and garlic to add a little zest to your fish dinner.
1 cup garden thinnings - any combination of radish, arugula, mustard, spinach, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon pickling spice OR 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed, 1 crushed bay leaf, 4 peppercorns, and 2 cloves
Mix all ingredients. Use to marinate four average-size filets of any firm whitefish.
Favorite or New Plant
Every garden event lately seems to have a speaker encouraging us to "go cottage." Part of the cottage garden look means planting pastel, old-fashioned flowers along with a few new varieties that "look" old. Part of the cottage garden appeal is our impression that these plants are easy to grow. Fortunately, some old-fashioned flowers are easy.
For those of us who love flowers with multiple colors, fall offers a great new choice in a classic plant. It's a Johnny-jump-up called Viola 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' (not to be confused with the Brunsfelsia mentioned above). This pansy has purple, then blue, then white flowers, with all three colors on the plant at once. It's a real eye-catcher and as easy to grow as its relatives, but more heat tolerant than other pansies. Johnny-jump-ups grow easily into a mound shape, so they work well as a border plant in front of daffodils or tulips in spring. They continue to thrive as the bulbs die back, and their leaves hide the bulbs' dying foliage.