Monday, August 11, 2008
A meal fit for a king....
OK, maybe not a king, but good enough for this homegirl! Today is the first "normal" day I've had in a week or so. No work and the house and laundry are caught up. I went out to the Garden of Egan to check out the crops. Well, there's stuff ready for pickin'! I picked enough green beans to can 9 pints with a little left over for me to nibble on today. Then I checked out the "field" of tomatoes (yes, 21 tomato plants could be defined as a field) and found 3 little ripe babies, so they were picked. Then I went over to the cucumbers and wow, there were lots of them as well. I picked about 16 cukes and started doing Christmas Pickles. This is a recipe that you have to pour boiling water on sliced cukes for 4 days, then you boil up a brine and pour over them for an additional 14 days. It's really quite a pain, but well worth it when you get to taste them. I call them Christmas pickles because they are colored with green food coloring and are so pretty, but also because it's about Christmas time that I finally allow anyone to start eating my home canned food. Until that time I just like looking at those jars gleaming on the shelves.
Anyway, I made myself up a plate of garden food today and feel the antioxidants raging through my soul. I planted, weeded and grew this stuff from a little seed, it's pretty awesome stuff.
So, maybe this picture or menu would never make it on the food channel, but I'm OK with that!