When I was single, I collected, raised and loved houseplants. I still love houseplants but I must admit that I no long have over fifty houseplants living with me! I enjoyed finding unusual plants, learning about them and finding different ways to display them. I must admit to having made my share of macrame plant hangers!
This elephant foot plant, was not in my collection of houseplants, it was in the Kitchen Gnome's. He also had a love for all things green and collected unusual plants. The elephant foot plant was in a two-inch pot when we got married. It is thirty six years old...isn't it amazing that we have had it so long! What is most amazing is that it flowered this year!! I was so excited when I saw the flower forming.
I spied the flower when I went out to the BBQ to see how much longer the chicken would be. I became totally distracted by the flower!
I did pull myself away from the plant long enough to have dinner. The Kitchen Gnome gets credit for creating this delicious chicken dish! You see, he didn't want to waste the glaze that we used on the rib-eyes and he had made a rub earlier that he wanted to use, also.
Chipotle Honey-Glazed Chicken
3 chicken breasts
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
Mix the rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Rub it on the chicken breasts.
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp chipotle puree
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp kosher salt
To make the glaze, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl to combine. Allow the glaze to rest for at least thirty minutes.
Grill the chicken breasts until golden on both sides. During the last few minutes of cooking, brush the glaze over the chicken, liberally. Remove from the grill and brush with additional glaze.
Some of the glaze can be reserved and made available at the table for those who would like extra!
I went out today to take a look and found "some flower", Wow!
The bulbous base of the plant is why the plant is known as the elephant foot plant. Beaucarnea recurvata is native to the desert of Mexico. Being native to the dry Mexican climate the plant does well in hot areas and doesn't require a lot of water.
It is also referred to as the Ponytail Palm but it is not a member of the palm family.
I am participating in Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.