In most parts of Los Angeles, you can often find street vendors selling some amazing bacon wrapped hot dogs. We never see any in the part of the city where we live, so I decided to make my own version of this greasy yummy mess. Plus, by making it myself, I can make sure it is actually free of my long list of food allergens. I was even able to find some hot dog buns from Ener-G that have no wheat gluten, dairy, soy, or egg! They were surprisingly tasty!
1 diced green bell pepper
1/2 diced red onion
1 diced tomato
2 very finely chopped cloves of garlic
butter or margarine (I used the dairy-free, soy-free Earth Balance margarine)
juice of two limes
dash each of salt & pepper
hot dog bun
I started by adding some margarine to a pan and cooking the bell pepper, onion, tomato & garlic over medium heat. After a couple of minutes cooking, I added in the juice from two limes, and the salt & pepper. I continued cooking until the onions were cooked through.
Next, I removed the vegetable mixture from the pan and set it aside in a dish. Then I wrapped the hot dogs with the bacon, and cooked them in the pan until the bacon was cooked to my liking.
I heated up the Ener-G buns in the microwave, which helps soften them up a little, then assembled everything together. They tasted even better than how I remember the street dog versions! The recipe above made enough topping for 6 hot dogs. Perfect for summer entertaining!
I have been quite busy lately reworking everything in the main patio. We realized that it was poor planning on our part to mix in the dwarf fruit trees with the flowers in the planters for watering purposes, and that it would be better for both if they were segregated into their own areas.
Since the planters have two levels, there are a few distinct zones now. The upper level was already primarily roses, and we are leaving it like that (I added in some more flowers between the roses). The upper level in the area closest to the house was originally overrun with weeds and ivy when we moved in. We found some roses on sale that were too good of a deal to pass up, and those are placed up there, waiting for us to be ready to plant them.
The lower level by the fire pit now has just the dwarf almond tree, one of our 3 dwarf lemon trees, and a dwarf kumquat tree. There is also a straggler artichoke that is waiting to be relocated, but I need my husband’s help with removing a large stump in the flower bed area where the artichoke will find its new home. 🙂
The lower level closer to the house is now completely dedicated to flowers. I dug up and divided some of the shasta daisies. They don’t look all that great at the moment, but I am hoping that they will be hardy enough to recover being divided and replanted at a less than ideal time of year (ideally this should be done in early spring, but that wasn’t really an option since we were busy closing escrow at that time!).
When I was reorganizing all of the planter beds, I realized that there were a lot of hidden plants from previous owners! There were tons of tiny little begonias planted behind and under the shasta daisies, away from sight. I also found an asparagus fern which was very sad and droopy in nearly full sun. I relocated the begonias and fern to my partial shade garden in the front, and they are so much happier! I also found a large spider plant, which I happily divided into plantings for tons of hanging planters around the pergola. Nothing like finding free plants that you didn’t know that you had!
I also finished out my decorating plan for this space…the theme of this patio is Texas Bohemian! It is really inspired by a lot of the amazing funky boutiques my husband has taken me to all over Texas. We have two patios, and decided to go with a “his and hers” decorating style for them. Since this is the patio where the barbeque is located, this is “his” patio. I made sure I didn’t use any pink in the decorating here. 🙂 My patio will be a little different…post coming soon!