And as a particularly auspicious start for the year, I made something completely new for dinner that utilized several things from the garden. Yay for me. I was casting about half-heartedly for something to make for dinner- it was too late to defrost anything from the freezer, and all the stuff in the pantry would be too much salt for the day, since the day started with a surfeit of calories and sodium (which is not an auspicious way to start the year, but oh well). I was reading a blog I follow, Tea and Cookies, and she mentioned the Pumpkin Stuffed With Panade recipe that she'd adapted this year, and I had the thought 'oh yeah! I wanted to try that!'. I still had the stale remainder of bread chunks from the pre-Christmas fondue sitting in bowl on the table, because I'd decided then when I had leftover bread chunks what I was going to do with them. I just let them dry out overnight, and then put a plate over the bowl and left them. In her recipe she uses chard and gruyere cheese, neither of which I had. But since she based it on a recipe that was quite loose, I figured that it was okay to use kale and collard greens (little bitty ones) and the tail end of the Petite Basque that I had hanging out in the fridge that Steve said he thought was boring. I don't think it's boring; I find it nutty and quite yummy, but there's no accounting for taste. The recipe also uses an onion and garlic, both of which came from my garden, and of course it all gets stuffed into a pumpkin, ditto. So that's a recipe that used five different items from the garden, which meets, for the day anyway, my goal of eating out of the backyard everyday. I think this will probably be hard to achieve during these winter months, but easier to accomplish as the year progresses. In a sense, I've taken up Tamar Haspel's Starving Challenge, although it's largely going to have to come from the yard. I am not the forager/fisherwoman I'd like to be, largely because I have a self-professed indoor cat of a husband, and currently my heart condition doesn't lend itself well to tramping around in the woods. This is not to say that I won't ever become a forager/fisherwoman- I still aspire to that- I'm just not sure I can pull either off in 2011. But I can sure as hell work my yard and try to get more out of it. Even if it's only a spoonful of honey from my bees in my afternoon tea. Ya gotta start somewhere. And on the first day of 2011, I started with that stuffed pumpkin recipe.
Scraping stringy stuff and seeds out of the pumpkin gave me an idea for a product, by the way.
|Filling great; pumpkin not so much|
* I want to add my lame pictures, but Blogger isn't letting me do that right now, so I'll try later.
** Lame pictures are added.