Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I don't know WHAT got into me!!

I knew I wanted to work inside today, but when I awoke, I really had NO IDEA all I would end up doing . I knew I had to do something with the stuff I pulled from the garden the other day. But first, pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Can't work on an empty stomach!

Then, right into the produce that included:

All the beets from the garden, which I had already cooked and peeled. Not nearly as traumatic as last year's fiasco. Maybe I'm getting better at this??

Carrots (and a couple of potatoes that Studly exposed by mowing off the edge of the plot!)

Oh yeah! And this whole basket of carrots, too! (Ignore the red onion and the unripe tomato. They will be dealt with most severely later on with the potatoes.)

Since there weren't really enough beets to make a major canning worth-while, I just bottled them up with my yummy spice, sugar, and vinegar mix and stuck them in the fridge to hoover snack on in the not-too-distant future.

I washed and washed (and washed) and peeled and shredded endless carrots and put them in the dehydrator for a couple of hours. That resulted in a small bag of dried carrots for soups etc later.

For lunch, I made potato salad and a tuna sandwich for Stud Muffin, who had been cleaning out the garage.

Then it was on to bread making.

This is my second outing with the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The first time, I only made a half recipe, and it came out too salty. I also baked the bread last time on a pizza stone, and this time I used a loaf pan. The recipe makes enough dough for 4 loaves and you can keep it in the fridge until you are ready to bake it.


While the bread dough was rising, I made Studly his favorite cake, white cake with white frosting. I only frosted one layer and froze the other for later.

Dinner was Italian meatballs and sauce over wide egg noodles. The sauce included homegrown garlic and oregano.

Now, I am tired. I am feeling very short, with sore feet and legs, and dish-pan everything! And tomorrow, I still have this whole load of red onions to slice and dry.

I am determined not to waste anything coming out of the garden this year!!

And then I will eat cake!

Edit: While I was sitting on my bum eating bonbons all day, Studly was getting my internet upgraded! And all it took was a zillion phone calls, some tree-trimmer guys, a sack full of money, and 3 appointments with the installer! Easy peasy!


barefoot gardener said...

Woot! You go, girl. I wish I was that productive with my time....

MarmiteToasty said...

make my 3 courgettes I picked this week seem a little pathetic LMFAO.....

know you are loved, sorry I aint been around as such..... long story, and Ive tried not to burden the world with my shit LOL


Anonymous said...

$400 to fix the range because the oven keeps tripping the circuit breaker...*&^%$# Ugh...

Your garden gifts look good...I have been *slowly* coxing yellow tomatoes and strawberries out of a pot...


P.S. Totally addicted to "The Deadliest Catch" Embarrassed because in general we don't even watch tv

Brenda Jean said...

Wow, you are one busy cook/gardener! I'm tired after just readng your post, and hungry too:) None of my stuff is ready yet, except for some of my basil.