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Solar Spicy Chicken Stew

Today's brave foray into solar cooking will involve the preparation of East African Spicy Chicken Stew from Savory Stews by Jacques Burdick.

I followed the recipe for the most part but skipped over the step of sauteeing the onions.

Spicy chicken stew prep

Solar Teriaki Chicken

Ok, now for a real test of the cooker on a sunny February day. According to weather.com, the high will be 56F.

Recipe is simple: 4 chicken breasts in Soy Vey. They go in the cooker at 10:42 am. I preheated the pot in the oven for about ten minutes. The solar oven, that is.

The only drawback here is that the sunlight will be gone at about 4:30 or so. Cristy won't be home until 6:30 or 7, so I'll have to reheat the chicken before we eat.

Oh boy I am excited.

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Solar baked apples

I got me a new pot at the K-Mart!

Now what to cook? It's late in the day already - almost one o'clock. Only a few more hours of viable sunlight.

Something easy: baked apples. Peel and slice four apples, apply liberal amounts of raisins, white sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. They go in the oven at approximately 1:25 pm. Here's hopin'.

Baked apples before cooking

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Chard will outlive all of us

This winter, I purposefully left the chard growing in the garden. I wanted to see if it would overwinter.

So far it has, more or less.

We had a huge snowstorm this year, and most of it has survived that. The ground it's in is frozen solid and it's surviving that. The dog has pooped on it twice, and there have been no complaints.

Day lilly tubers

Just now tried day lilly tubers.

I dug a few that are growing on the north side of my house and pulled off a few of the largest tubers, none of which were much larger than a cashew, stuck the plants back in the ground.

Took them inside, washed them, pulled off the roots, ate them raw. They have a nice crunchy texture but really aren't that tasty. Not unlike radish. Probably peeling them would help, but I can't imagine peeling something the size of a cashew. I gave one to Cristy, who speculated that they would be improved by cooking or being dipped in something.

Lamb's quarters at last night's dinner

Some friends came over for dinner last night. Cristy made chicken, beans and rice, sauteed lamb's quarters and salad. Everyone liked the lamb's quarters.

Since I didn't eat five pounds of them, I didn't get a tummy ache.

Is this roundleaf purslane (Portulaca teretifolia)?

I sampled the purslane that grows in my front yard between the sidewalk and the street.

This purslane is a little different than the purslane that I've seen in guides or online photos in that the leaves are more circular. There is some common-looking purslane growing nearby, so I'm unclear on if it's two separate varieties or not.

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