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Wednesday Food Post

Oh we are having fun over here. Food has been a mix of silly over-the-top creations or really simple stick-to-your-ribs kind of fare. A good balance during these cold months. My sister and I saw a recipe for baklava made with brie, and we had to make it. In the end we just made phyllo rolls, not the whole layered casserole dish. I will definitely make these again, they were delicious.

They were really simple too. Phyllo dough, a few sheets thick with melted butter brushed between layers. We put pieces of brie and chopped pecans and a sprinkling of cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then we rolled it up and baked them at 350 until they were golden and flaky. We also made a honey dipping sauce for them with the leftover spices and a little honey and water on the stove.… Continue Reading...

WFP: Foraging fun

Wednesday food post! It's been so long!

Spring eating is here and I'm loving every minute of it. There was a point in the middle of winter where I was a little souped-out and we were buying citrus fruit just to make up the difference. We still ate well, but I so clearly craved FRESH. Here we are! These morels were gifted to us from some friends, and Jeff and I found another 10 or so just bopping around the woods the other day. I think we may try again just to see if there are any more, but I count this year as a success.

They weren't really enough to store, but they were enough to make a nice meal out of. We chose to sautee them up with some button mushrooms in butter, garlic, leeks, ramps, and a little salt and pepper.… Continue Reading...

WFP: And so it begins…

I’m actually starting to remember the way this time of year feels… this dance we do around here. Everything in the garden starts to plump up and it starts coming in faster than we know how to handle. I fill baskets and big bowls with everything the garden offers us, my limited counter space starts to disappear, and I stare at it all- a bit confounded.

And then I start to remember… I remember all the things I loved from last year and want to do again. I move a little bit faster, a little bit surer of myself. I do a few more things from memory, and feel pleased that I didn’t have to run for the recipe book like last year. I start to think of all of the things I’ve yet to try, all the ways that I can do better this year.… Continue Reading...

WFP: The final tally

The garden is down to bare bones- only some kale, swiss chard, and our towering luffa plants remain. Oh, and brussels sprouts, which unfortunately seem to be infested with some kind of bug. Soon the garlic will be planted, we’ll harvest the luffa, and everything will be quiet out there.

There’s nothing like all the beautiful fruit from the summer to dress up a cold basement closet. It’s become a sight that I love, especially in the cold days of winter. I regret that I don’t have an official tally- I was… um… I just didn’t take one. But I do have approximations! And next year I plan to have a scale- so I can weigh all our garden produce as it’s harvested- just like the Dervaes family does.… Continue Reading...

WFP: More food storage

Our nights are getting colder, dipping down into the low 40s at night. I know this mild weather is coming to a close, and so I’ve just got to harvest everything I can before we lose anything to frost. I’m picking away at it as best I can, and while I know we will lose some things, I’m not too worried about it. I’m really happy with what we’ve done this year, and it’ll just get better.

I picked most of the beautiful Asian eggplant we grew. I put a whole bunch of it in the giveaway basket, too, and I’m pleased to say that all but one have been taken from it! Anyway, I’m definitely growing this next year, it was easy and prolific and delicious.… Continue Reading...

Food storage thoughts…

Tonight I’ll be processing more beans, making yogurt, making eggplant parmesan (at Jeff’s request), and reorganizing (or rather, organizing, it’s so crazy up there!) my craft space. I noticed yesterday or the day before that the beans were looking harvestable again, and so I went out on this deliciously cool and rainy afternoon and harvested a ton. At least, I think it’s a ton- being the third full harvest and from only two 8×4 raised beds. I’m happy with the beans we’re getting. 

The tomatoes, on the other hand, are really sad this year. Super blighted and dying away… I don’t really know what to do about them. I may just harvest all the green tomatoes that haven’t been affected yet and try to ripen them indoors, just so we can get the most out of the plants.… Continue Reading...