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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I'm eating my vege as fast as I can!

'Tis the Season of the Vege.  And boy, do I know it.  I am trying all kinds of new ways to squeeze in a zucchini here and a bean there.  My lunches are now packed in my neato Indian stacking tins because I am awash in salads - corn salad, cucumber salad, tomato salad, bean salad.  People wander by my office door and stare.  Let them.

Needing something a step up from salads and zoodles, I made a GF pie crust Monday morning, then a tomato/basil/cheese quiche Tuesday morning.  I was quite happy with the results - and quite happy that I have found THE gluten-free pie crust recipe.  Not surprisingly, it's from America's Test Kitchen.  And also not surprising, every single one of their recipes I have tried has worked out wonderfully - with the slight exception of the peanut butter cookies.  Very dry.



Today's lunch is quiche, corn salad and cucumber salad.  Good thing I could eat vege morning, noon and night.  Because I am.

Last night I tackled the beans - the only downside of these purple pod pole beans is that they grow so darn fast, you end up with a lot of beans that are large.  I have dilled the younger ones and decided to blanch and freeze the larger ones so that I could braise them over the winter.  Still left to deal with are the cucumbers - Sylvie's Mom's Bread & Butter pickles are on the to-do list for this weekend.  They are my all-time favorite pickle.  I have found a few behemoth cukes lurking in the leafy depths and the chickens are enjoying their seediness.  I will also get a bag of corn and will be canning that this weekend as well.  I only can corn every other year, thank goodness.  Later this month, I will venture out into the fields for my annual U-Pick tomato/pepper extravaganza, then it's all over but the whining.  Since my own potato crop was downright pitiful - interesting to note that the Red Norlands planted in my fancy-schmancy potato bag hardly multiplied, while my tried-and-true tire planting multiplied plenty - I will be supplementing my yearly potato ration with the nice taters at a local farm.

Speaking of chickens, I decided to re-home Bleu, my Blue-Laced Red Wyandotte rooster.  While he was a beautiful bird and had a nice temperament, he decided to make the life of one of my hens a living hell and I had to intervene.  She was afraid to leave the coop, had no feathers on her back and was losing weight.  So, off went Monsieur Bleu to a nice, rooster-less flock fifteen minutes from me.  Since I have at least two up-and-comers from the tweenagers, I wasn't worried about being rooster-less too long.  However, I really miss his crowing.  And there hasn't been peep one from the youngsters.  Until this morning.  As I toddled out with their breakfast, I heard a long, pathetic, strangled call.  Ah, music to my ears!

18 comments:

  1. Indian stacking tins? Never heard of those. Can you share your quiche and GF pie crust recipes? Poor hen, that's too bad. She'll probably mellow out now hopefully. Give her some extra treats :)

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    1. Nancy - I'll put both in my next post. Hennie is already recovering! Her feathers are starting to grow back and she was actually out and about yesterday.

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  2. good to send that bad boy away. it seems all of my tomatoes are about to ripen at the same time. sauce time. i think i will be freezing peppers too.

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    1. Jaz - Yes, better he 'spread the love' somewhere else. Mine, too. And my tomatillos are over-abundant!

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  3. I'm so jealous. All those veggies! Yum! I'm trying to figure out what to make on so little here. Last year we made a lot of quiches too. One of my sisters is married to a man from India. She is always looking for new things to pack in her lunch (vegetarian). I'm already making out a list of new veggies to plant next year. I'm not letting this horrible, miserable garden year to stop me from planting another one next year.

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    1. Kristina - Would that I could share this bounty with you! We can't let a bad year put us off, can we? Once you've tasted the fruits (and vege) of your own garden, there is no going back.

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  4. Ha-chuckled reading about Bleu---I had "Duke' and he did the same thing to my Mary Jane--a beautiful Buff Orpington who suffered endlessly from his "affections". One day--she discovered the screen on our door was "slit" for the dog to go in and out of and I found her sitting on a floor plant quietly in a corner. I felt so bad for her--I let her stay and she continued to come in afternoons for a break from him. Never once did she make a mess or walk anywhere else in the house. She was a lady.............

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    1. Sue - What a story! What a hen! I doubt very much if any of mine would be so...ladylike. Nothing but hussies in my flock!

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  5. Yum! I do so miss being settled and working in the kitchen....but soon very soon!

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    1. Fiona - You and Ralph already have a leg (and tomatoes and peppers) up on your future garden! Can't wait to see the results.

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  6. Thanks for the reminder to make veggie quiches. We love quiche so there's no reason I shouldn't be making them right now.

    My beans STILL haven't grown big enough to start harvesting. I shouldn't complain though 'cause I'm still knee deep in peas and pickling cucumbers. That's enough for me to handle at once.

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    1. And there she goes about those damn peas again! Rub em in my face , will ya?????
      LOL!

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    2. Yes, those damn peas! I had ONE plant survive (and it was a volunteer, for goodness sake) and it gave up before it even produced an edible orb.

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  7. I'm not keeping up with our veggies very well. I picked all the tomatoes I could hold in my hands today, but there are more out there, plus squash, beans, snow peas and cucumbers.....

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    1. Michelle - It is hard to keep up when you have so many things on your plate. I think I might have to resort to snow peas next year, as I have finally reached the end point in trying to grow English peas.

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  8. That quiche looks so good. I love a tomato pie of any sort. Glad your garden is producing & are have such healthy eating choices. I too love all sorts of vegie salads. Hope Hennie continues to improve.

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  9. Hello there, I just started following your blog. I'm wondering why you work a real/conventional job with such a commute? Doesn't that take so much time? Do you enjoy it so much.....or is the money needed? Apologies for being so personal; I'm genuinely interested as I'm pondering new ways to live. You're fortunate to have family nearby. Thanks!

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    1. Hello, Lisa! I don't have much choice, unfortunately. I needed to find a homestead a) I could afford b) that was close to my parents and a city where I could find a job and c) was zoned agricultural. I did pretty well on two out of three, but the only place I could find a reasonably good paying job was an hour's commute.

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