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Friday, June 18, 2010

June 18th.

Almost time for father's day and the Summer Solstice! I'm still very busy planting and planting some more. And I just received more seeds from Renee's garden. I hope it's not going to be to late. I'll plant them tomorrow. Well, I'll try anyway. We are celebrating father's day tomorrow and I have to get up early, go to the father's market, make roman bread, make a lunch (my father in law is coming too). then make Ricotta cheese for dinner to go on top of pasta. We also have a walk planned there.

We are getting a lot of herbs and zucchini from the garden. Mmmmm, so good.
I'll try to remember that feeling in September when I'll be trying to con people into taking oh just one more zucchini, just one.

And then there are all these preparations for the Summer Solstice and just after that my dad's birthday and just after that my birthday. I love Summer.

And on the menu tonight: 

A very very old french peasant recipe: la potee

Cut a cabbage in two, then each half in four. Boil for 5 mns, set aside and throw out the water. In a large cauldron, or soup pot :), put salt pork, a big rash of bacon, the sausages of your choice ( traditionally made with pork ), carrots, onions, leeks ( tied in a bunch ), turnips and cover with water. Get to a boil, skim and simmer for 1h15 mns at least then add potatoes and cook for 30 more minutes.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8th 2010.

We are finally getting a bit of warmth and sunshine after an unusually wet and cool month of May. I'm very happy with the vegetable garden... and particularly these peas...oh these peas...I'm so waiting for them. Yeah, it's awfully late for peas in these parts but I got them in the ground too late and with the weird weather the seeds took forever to sprout. They are almost knee high now and starting to get flowers. The stalks are very very vigorous looking. They are Oregon giant Snow peas. Love the name.

And I've been making herbal vinegars and oils too. This one is made with chives flowers and leaves. It's turning a lovely shade of pink after a week.

It's almost the end of Spring already, these are the last of the bells or Faery hats as I call them.

I guess we are on to tomatoes and zucchini. Anyone wants zucchini? My plants are huge, healthy and have a gazillion of flowers.

And tonight on the menu:

Roasted Chicken with steamed green beans, homemade herb butter and caramelized onions.
Well, I think the title sums it up pretty nicely.