August 4, 2008

Beets and Basil

We spent the weekend catching up with pressing garden tasks. DH had some foot surgery today and worked like crazy in the garden before he was sidelined for a few weeks. I've challenged him to get well soon so that he can pick the first corn himself! Here he is below, picking good things for dinner Friday night. Among other things, we made zucchini bread, grilled veggies, and a 90's style Chinese cabbage salad with a twist of added snow peas, broccoli , and thin sliced cucumbers.This shot was taken before he tilled up a good third of the garden. We're considering lettuce, spinach, cabbage, peas and brussels sprouts for an autumn planting. We'll see how much motivation we have after we finish with all the tomatoes and corn to come!

Here are the beets that I roasted over the weekend. They look kind of homely after they're cooked but they sure make pretty puree when they're done! I have Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook Deceptively Delicious, and I just love the recipes in there. The cookbook is supposed to give ideas for getting kids to eat veggies in interesting ways, but they're also very healthy - high fiber, low fat, and packed with extra nutrition because of the purees in them. I've tried a number of the recipes with good success. Some of these beet purees will probably make it into her recipe for chocolate cake - chocolate with no guilt is what it sounds like to me!

DH made pesto over the weekend too. We followed the recipe and the suggestion in Joy of Gardening and froze it in dollops on cookie sheets. Now I will admit that it's not the most appetizing looking result, but once it's thawed and tossed with hot pasta or potatoes in the dead of winter - it will be a beautiful thing for sure! You can make out two different colors of pesto here and we discovered that the globe basil makes a much prettier and tastier pesto - at least for our palates. I didn't realize how different basil varieties really are. I know that some bruise almost immediately when you tear them, which for me is not appealing in a food dish. I'll have to do some more research before we pick plants next year.

This week's preserving goal is pickles. We'll see how well we both sleep this week with a bandaged foot in the bed and whether or not we have the energy to can. I hope so!

Well, this is all then.

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