Tuesday, June 05, 2012

What We Ate

I am thinking a lovely blog would involve me writing down what we eat from our garden each day/week and then taking pictures of it.

So many things to do. . . . so little time.

But this is the week in which I say we are really beginning to enjoy the goodness that is living in Oregon. So far this is what we had:

Saturday: Strawberry Julius with copious amounts of garden strawberries.

Sunday: Strawberry-rhubarb crisp. I usually just put in the latter, but Plantboy convinced me to add the berries because he thinks the rhubarb alone is too tart. And, honestly, the strawberries are coming out our ears. We also had balsamic vinegar roasted red and yellow beets. The beets were so tiny and tender and delicious that I nearly cried for joy. We've planted these in waves and I hope to enjoy them all summer long. I was meant to make Pioneer Woman's fried onion strings too, but I kind of forgot. These will have to make the menu later this week. Sweet and tender and crunchy and, oh, boy, they are good. I won't buy onions or garlic or shallots for the foreseeable future. I served two types of potatoes, neither of which are ready yet, but I did garden chives on the mashed sweet potatoes and rosemary in the fried fingerlings. Oh, and there was broccoli too.

Monday: Crispy Asian Salad. I used a combination of lettuce from the garden and store bought. Truthfully, we are a bit at the tail end of our lettuce. The butter lettuce all got to large and bitter. The mixed garden greens are still okay because it has been pretty cool. We've been eating lettuce for probably a month or more. Garden toppings for the salad included onions, colored carrots and strawberries. Okay, Plantboy had strawberries, I thought they were just a little much for the dressing, but he said the dressing was so good that once everything got coated in the stuff you couldn't really tell the difference anyway. Hmm....

Tonight: Lemon Rosemary bread with rosemary from the garden. I am serving a side of carrots with the lemon-cream sauce and grilled chicken, but my own are not quite ready. Yesterday's were a bit premature.  So close.

The brilliant thing about this time of year is just going out and seeing what is ready to pick. It is quite lovely really. Dinner plans shift around more this time of year because it just depends on what is "on." In a week or two I'm going to have so many potatoes that I'll hardly know what to do. Any suggestions for new and delectable ways to use them are welcome.

See wouldn't it make a lovely blog? It would require regular posting, focus to an idea, commitment to taking really good pictures . . . . yeah, so not for me. Maybe it would be a great project for Plantboy.

8 comments:

Janssen said...

That WOULD be a lovely blog. I'm a little jealous of your garden!

Mary said...

Too many strawberries, now that is a problem to have. The Lemon Rosemary bread sound great. my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Thanks for the Fresh food ideas!

heidikins said...

I have garden envy.

xox

Jenny said...

This just puts lovely pictures in our heads... living next to your garden must be like living the dream.
:)

Rainie said...

That sounds dreamy. I would love to be a house guest at your place right now!

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

Wow. It's like having your own farmer's market where everything is free.

I wish I were better at just cooking up whatever is in season. I'm sure it's simple enough once you get the hang of it, but it's easy to be intimidated by the unfamiliar.

April said...

My lovely garden is now mulch. Thanks to the hail in Colorado.
Sad...

Christie said...

So fun to read how your garden grows. Ours here in Utah is behind yours. We've only had lettuce and a couple strawberries so far. Your title made me think about all the food journals I've kept in my life -- beginning in 2nd grade when I started keeping a regular journal. For whatever reason, I wrote down what I ate for lunch along with the goings on from the day. Hmmmm. Perhaps this is why I'm so adverse to writing down what I eat all these years later. :)