I grew up in one of Canada's agricultural hot spots, but my travels have led me to settle in rural Nova Scotia. Here I've been learning to grow my own food (on a very small scale) and am falling in love with the local food scene.
Wonderful post. Beautiful writing and delicious details. Thanks! :)
Thanks so much Kenji! I made these for dinner tonight and they are AWESOME!!!!! :) Nice to have another way to use miso too. :)
Roasting tofu is my fave way to eat it! Moosewood has some great recipes, and their simplest one uses a marinade with soy, garlic, and oil. 25 mins at 425, turning halfway. The chewy texture so incredible that I have to keep myself from eating the whole lot as soon as they come out of the oven!!
Thanks for this - I'm def going to make it!!
I make versions of this soup all year long. I often add a hunk of ginger to the broth while it is simmering for extra flavour. Really good. :) A little squeeze of lime at the end is good too.
Agree about the hot temperatures. Greens usually like cooler temps, so maybe you could grow them earlier in the year and then switch to tomatoes etc.
Is there a cooler place inside your appt that still gets sun?
Beautifully written. Thanks for all the mouth-watering details. :)
Love rhubarb! This year we're aiming to try out some homemade rhubarb ice cream and a rhubarb meringue pie! Can't wait! :)
lol. The first thing I thought of was squash and saltimbocca. Tyler Florence has a great recipe for a hearty minestrone that uses lots of fresh sage as part of its base. Its meant for winter, but it's a great soup all year.
Can I ask what zone you're in? I'm thinking about planting sage this year and I'm wondering if it will survive the winter (I'm in zone 5).
ps. Love your garden blog lemonfair! :)
Yes! @ lemonfair: Works well with plain yogurt too. I usually sprinkle my brown sugar over the top of a shallow bowl of yogurt or sour cream. It melts quickly and then you can dip just about anything. Stone fruits work just as well as berries. Instant dessert!
I'm so happy that you mentioned it!
Here's a quick one that explains the plant. Cheers!
Here you go: http://www.veseys.com/ca/en/search?keywords=asparagus
@ Mohican: You can grow asparagus from seed, but it's more common to buy roots. Your first real harvest will be about three years if you plant crowns and four if you plant seeds. This is bc you need to let the spears mature into their full fern for a few years in order to build the up the root system.
You also need a bit of space, since the mature plants are a fair size, and you can count on two starter plants per person that you intend to feed - crowns are planted about a foot apart.
Hope this helps! (maybe do a Google search for mature asparagus plants to see what they look like) Vesey's is a good mail order source, depending on where you are.
I do mine in a flour,egg,panko/parm crust and just bake them drizzled with olive oil. 400 or so. I eat them alone or with marinara for dipping. They're super crispy and as good as the greasy ones. Some garlic powder in the crust mixture is killer too.
lol. We always called creamed peas on toast "SOS." My dad used to love it.
Yeah, except they sound snooty, which is probably why people resort to "foodie."
@lemonfair - I couldn't get either of your profile blog links to work. (Was just curious since I also have a cooking/gardening blog and haven't seen too many of them out there)
ps I second that if you are starting this year from nothing, it will be a huge amount of work. Start small.
This is all great, but you need to read a book. Gardening is easy, but there are a lot of ways to go about doing it.
Good place to start: Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew and The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch.
Square Foot is meant for beginners without very much space, and the Primer is a great starting point for everything from soil to seeds etc. Both are free at your local library.
I live in a lobster fishing village, and I've never heard of a hot lobster roll.
I cannot wait to try this!!!!!!!!!! (although normal lobster supper will still be eaten cold, tyvm)
Almost forgot to second the Jacques Pepin autobiography. Will make you love him even more (if that's possible).
Another vote for:
Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."
Child's "My Life in France"
Also, the lesser known "The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry." Can't think of the author off hand, but it is a chronicle of a woman's mid-life chance to go to the Cordon Bleu in Paris. Really Good.
Dude, if you are in Detroit, you must cross over and have Windsor pizza. Best za ever - I live in Nova Scotia now, and I crave it like crazy. Something about the sauce and the pepperoni...
@bowlofjesslove - maybe you could make some great iced tea from it? You could cut it with some pekoe for a more tea-y flavour.
Cheese! As a kid I was mozza or mild cheddar only. Now I love it all!!!