There are pros and cons to inheriting someone else’s gardens when you move. A pro for me? This gigantic horseradish patch behind my garage. It’s large enough to eat my small child, so we have to be careful. I eat a lot of game, as you know, and my favorite condiment with game is easily prepared horseradish. Needless to say, … Read More
garden lettuce w belle farms olive oil and riesling vinegar vinaigrette soup: garden beets, lovage, chard, carrot, red onion, parsley herbes de provence roast chicken with garden kennebec, norland and yukon gold quickie moelleux with quickie garden raspberry jam The Wines:2007 Chateau de Lancyre Rose, Luberon France [88-91 pts]2003 Chateau de Carles, Fronsac, France [91-93 pts]
This time, calf elk. Having had the reindeer and calf elk back-to-back, I can say with some certainty that calf elk is far more delicately flavored. This time, sauteed rather than pan roasted. I’d thrown in some thyme, chive, and a crushed clove of garlic to fry with the meat. That clove of garlic, all caramelized, was one of the … Read More
As promised, a salad. A pretty notable salad as it’s the first produce out of my new garden – baby spinach, lettuces, dill, mint, lovage, and wild chive. Added a few pecans and a boiled egg, and MAN. I don’t eat enough salads. I’ve missed my garden. So much.
Is this what you thought thyme would look like having emerged from 3 feet of snow, after a winter with -30C temperatures? Not I. There’s still lots of snow, but the thyme is against a south facing wall, and gets exposed in February. Last year, I couldn’t believe that it looked essentially as good as new. This year, I was … Read More
I grew up in a family that separated their garbage. We had access to recycling back in the 80’s and early 90s, and ‘environmentally friendly’ was the marketing line of choice. I’ve spent time in remote places where you have to haul all your garbage back out from where you came. And I’ve also been in environments where it all … Read More
I pretty sure I drive my neighbors crazy at times. This morning it was still dark, and I was on our back patio searing a serious amount of beef and some bacon. I live in an apartment, and the smells inevitably waft around. It’s worse when I’m smoking foods. It’s probably a love-hate thing, I’m guessing. It was, however, a … Read More
Tonight will be the first frost. This evening was nuts, digging many kilos of potatoes for a party Saturday, yellow beans, carrots, rutabaga, baby dill, herbs for my field breakfast tomorrow morning. I found a few more shaggy manes, and of course, you have to clean and cook them immediately. Had to round up my hunting gear. I’m going to … Read More
On the left: lake Perch ‘Meuniere’ with potatoes, carrots, and herbs from the garden. Simple but good. While cleaning the fish, I was eyeballing the milt [sperm sac] – but decided to only go down that road with extremely fresh fish. Once again, I have my dad to thank for the supply of lake fishes from the clean waters of … Read More
I will forgive you for being shocked that I actually cooked something ‘vegetarian’. Not on purpose, mind you. I had roasted Sheppard peppers in the fridge. Sautéed some local sweet onion, garlic, some garden plum tomatoes, and took my new cheapy emersion blender for a spin. Topped with a little garden basil. It was a hit.