After what seemed like a long gray winter, spring has finally
arrived, and the brush country will soon explode with leaves and
blossoms. The tour season is getting into full swing as
people want to get outside and be part of the reawakening.
was honored to be the guest "chef" at the February meeting of
the Native Plant Project in Weslaco, Texas. I prepared
numerous dishes using ingredients from native plants including
mesquite, nopal, yucca, and chapote (Texas persimmon). The
creations ranged from a cocktail made with tequila, orange
juice, and the juice of the tuna (prickly pear) to braised
chicken with yucca flowers, shallots, and porcini mushrooms to
chapote nut bread. All attending were able to sample one
or two dishes.
This past week I finally went to see an architect regarding the
new building project here at the ranch. Hopefully, we will
have plans completed soon with construction to follow.
pond is completed, as well as a new six acre pasture for our
longhorns, Belle and Starr, both of whom are expectant mothers.
Benito has already started landscaping around the pond, and he
and Jim have determined the best sites for blinds to watch the
birds. Jim has reported seeing the first birds at the new
pond, a pair of killdeer.
Until next time, get outside and enjoy the wonders of spring!