Thursday, August 04, 2016

Catching up: The Cuisine

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Ha. Summertime is full of watering and weeding and harvesting and preserving . . . but one's gotta eat in there sometime!

The day before my folks arrived, we picked 60 lbs. of blueberries at the farm of one of Rick's clients. Most of those went in the freezer, but we also put some in the fridge to enjoy fresh. Oh, how my folks enjoyed those – and yes, they are were as big as they look in that photo!

We also ate from the garden – snap peas, turnip greens (we also froze some), a handful of green beans, a sample beet, the first two ripe cherry tomatoes. I told them they needed to stay another week or two, because there was a whole lotta this,

and this,

but not yet this:
Actually, Rick did pick up a lug of our favorite variety of peaches (Canadian Harmony) at a farm stand so my folks could enjoy one of the season's greatest pleasures, but we didn't get a call from the owner of our nearby orchard that his Canadian Harmonies were ready until a few hours after I dropped my folks off at the airport. So we picked up three more lugs Monday evening, and have been freezing and eating peaches ever since – except for a few I stashed in the fridge, and this:

Even though I didn't get a fresh peach pie made while my parents were here, I did make my dad a birthday cake. His birthday was Saturday, but since we went to the beach that day, we celebrated on Sunday.
Mom made homemade gluten steaks, mashed potatoes, and turnip greens; I made cabbage ramen salad, three bean salad, and a German chocolate cake (from scratch and frosted all over; that's the only kind that's worth the calories!).

Now that peaches are done, I need to start canning sauce and pie filling from our LOADED apple trees. I'd better hurry, because these
won't be far behind!

From bountiful . . .


Theresa said...

So glad everyone had a wonderful (and yummy!), visit.

C-ingspots said...

Oh, I'd like some of those peaches again! Does your neighbor still have some??? They are so good.

Susan said...

Looks like everyone had a wonderful visit! I almost want to weep, looking at those plums...

Anonymous said...

Oh all those lush veggies!!! It's about now that I really regret not being able to get my veg garden in this year!
Hugs for now...

Mama Pea said...

Oh my, what a season of bountiful harvest you are in! I'd say your garden this year was a wonderful success. Worth all the work? For sure!!

Let me know when that eggplant is ripe and I'll be right over! I've grown them in our garden in the past (with a lot of TLC and hot caps to start them off) but since I'm the only one who appreciates them (!) I didn't put any in this year.

Glad you had a nice visit with your folks. Good pictures.

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Wow, what a bounty from the garden. That certainly takes a lot of time to process but it's soooo worth that taste of summer when winter is in full swing!