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Friday, July 31, 2009

A rare harvest, chilies and papayas

Chilies are ripening. Papayas too. But papaya plant is too tall. I take out the five footer steps and climb to the top and pluck three papayas. Kakdah hold the steps steady, just in case ....... Kakdah has given a few of the chilies to the front neighbor and a papaya to our previous close neighbor that now has shifted to Bangi. The rest we eat bit by bit ... haha.





These chilies dont taste quite like those sold in the market. First, they are very crunchy. Second, they are very hot, almost like the little chilies or cili padi. We dont feed the plants with special recipe to make them crunchy or hot. I guess the pronounced taste come from the slightly prolonged dry spell... or may be because I treat them too well.... haha.
Hmmm. I dont really know why....

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14 comments:

  1. The peppers look beautiful! I love peppers! Papayas are yummy too! Might make a great salsa!

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  2. Lovely looking hot chili. I have friends here who love chilis, the hotter the better! We had a scitch bonnet one, which was hot it you are it raw, but not hot if you cooked it (even with the seeds).

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  3. Bangchik and Kakdah. It's a good harvest this time. The chilli looks great for making yong tow foo but first I need to buy the 'parang' fish. Can make pickles too. The people at Papa John's serve pizza with pickled chillies which is hot, sour and salty. I can also have wantan noodle and 'chee cheong fun' with pickled chillies. My Korean friends can make kimchi with your chilli and I love sambal belacan with petai or kangkong. Oh dear, I need my breakfast now!

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  4. The chillies look good! Hot is good :-)

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  5. How lovely to be able to go out and pick your own papayas. The chilies look good.

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  6. > Jenn
    > Prue
    > Belle
    > Steph
    > Jo

    Oh, Now kakdah got to learn "salsa", through Jenn maybe. I heard chilies come by many names and varieties... We know only two, chili besar and chili padi. Got to find out what is scitch bonnet as mentioned by Prue... Too many menu use chili, not only wantan mee and sambal belacan... Nasi goreng kampung too, Belle!!.. haha.

    A neighbor gave tips recently how to determine whether a chili is hot or not. Just look at the tip... If its sharp pointed, then its definitely HOT!.. He could just be right. So steph, to get hot ones, pick chilies with sharp ends only.

    I guess the beauty of having veggie garden is the pleasure of picking what we like. Jo.., our winged beans will soon be ready for picking!!

    Have Fun
    ~ bangchik

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  7. yum yum yum yum, lucky you, such tasty produce!

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  8. Oh those look excellent! I've heard that if you want your peppers to be hotter that you should basically neglect them (not water as much) so maybe you're right. I loooove papaya. Very jealous that I'm not one of your neighbors.

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  9. Yum! Wish I was your neighbor...

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  10. > Carrie
    > JGH
    > June

    They look good I agree, but chili plants are short lived. Soon, pests, the little white fluffy things will get themselves attached to the bottom of the leaves and suck the life out of these poor plants. As we get older, we become weaker and prone to sickness. The same thing goes to plant.

    When that happens, we will be counting days... Last year, we practically cleaned up each leaves from these nasty pests, and threw the badly affected leaves into a bowl of boiling water! I am not sure we are going to do that again. So Carrie there we are, rejoicing over good produce before good become bad!!.. hmmmm.

    Most neighbors are generous, right JGH and June?.... I don't mind giving away chilies and papayas if these are more than what we can consume.

    Have Fun,
    ~ bangchik

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  11. The first thought when I saw the papaya and chillies is papaya pickle!! I love those served in restaurant as appertiser. Yum, Yum.

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  12. So far we consume ripe papaya, raw and fresh .. wuaallaa, so nice. The other day Kakdah use half-ripe papaya for a lovely menu of "Masak Lemak".

    Have a wonderful day JC
    ~ bangchik

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  13. Satisfying to eat the fruit from our labour right..I could feel the hot chillies just from the picture.

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  14. > FJL
    Yeap. Very satisfying indeed what comes from our own garden. I enjoy fruits from other garden or orchards too!!.. haha. Cili itu hampir membakar lidah!!

    Cheers to Keningau Gardener
    ~ bangchik

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