Thursday, June 07, 2012

Food from the garden





We are eating quite a bit of stuff from the garden now:  green beans, new potatoes, cabbage, beets... and now carrots.  I have often said I would love to be a farmer who raised nothing but carrots and beets, because no pest bothers these two crops, neither bugs nor blight.  We have sandy soil, which creates an ideal situation for root crops.  It's quite rewarding to have a couple of humble vegetables that ask nothing of me, really, and never cause me undue stress.  They are the perfectly behaved children in my garden family. 
I've been fixing meals occasionally for my daughter's family.  She is back to work, but not back to her normal energy level.  So I figure it's a relief for her to be able to come home and have supper brought to the door, hot and ready to eat.  Her co-workers have also been helping out with meals.  
I like to take a dessert with the meal (after all, I have grandchildren living in that house), and today I decided on carrot cake.  I have some store-bought carrots in the refrigerator, but I thought it would be nice if the garden contributed to this enterprise.  Sure enough, it yielded some nice, small-to-medium-sized carrots.  While I was out there, I noticed some green beans ready to be picked, and decided to send my daughter's family some green beans with cheese sauce.  There will also be slaw made with cabbage from the garden. 
The main course will be meat-and-corn-bread squares; there's no garden produce in that, but the meat will be from the last calf we butchered.  In order to get that dish out of the house, I imagine I will have to promise Cliff to fix some for him at the earliest opportunity.  It's so calorie-dense I don't make it often, and we both like it.  

It goes without saying that there will be a couple of pieces of the cake missing when it gets to Rachel's house.  Cliff loves cake. 

11 comments:

Joyce Rector said...

I hope your family knows how lucky they are, a mom that not only is a great cook, but you can sing them a song as they eat. I sing like a cat with its tail caught in the door. LOL

Forty Pound Sack said...

Oh, I wish I was on your delivery route, LOL! I'm jealous of your garden. It takes forever for veggies to grow here ~

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

If I were you I'd make a double batch of that while you are at it. I always try to make double when cooking for someone else. I just did that for my daughter last week when I made cabbage rolls. I don't cook like that for myself ordinarily but she appreciated it for sure.

Charade said...

How sweet you are! I used to deliver a fancy, multi-course dinner on fancy china to my friends on their birthdays or anniversaries, and you've reminded me that there are plenty others who would appreciate a full meal, too.

krueth said...

How sweet of you to do that. I am sure they all appreciate it so much! I was just out to my garden this morning after we had a light sprikle last night and I was so excited to see my corn just starting to peek through, I have 1 green bean coming up :-) some onions are up now, and my cukes are all coming up so nicely! Love to see your veggies in a pile there ready to use, I can't wait. Wendy

Woody said...

Your Veggies look great, our tomatoes are growing along with the lettuce and onions and turnips. they are far from ready, these northern new york springs can be fickle, but we did get planted before Memorial Day weekend.

TARYTERRE said...

Make some extras for all of us too. LOL Especially that carrot cake. I know what you mean about having fresh veggies. There is such joy in watching them grow, gathering them. The eating part is easy. Take care. PS. The mass on my daughters liver is inoperable. Because it is blodd vessels to major organs entwined. If one gets knicked or ruptures it means instant death. Not the news we were expecting. So we pray. Has Rachel started her chemo yet. she is in my thoughts and prayers too.

Margaret said...

I would love you to cook for me too! Sounds wonderful. Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts!! I also love fresh green beans though. :)

Cliff said...

'the pests' don't bother your beets because they haven't found them yet. If your whitetail deer find the beets they'll eat them all the way into the ground.
Marilyn canned half of her beets two years ago and week later went to get the other half, (about 3, 5 gallon buckets) and the deer had eaten everthing, even 3 inches into the ground. You could even see their teeth marks down in there.

Donna said...

Cliff, we have never had a problem with deer in the garden, or raccoons either... although other people around here have had such problems.

Amy said...

I'm betting Alex will love those meat and cornbread squares! ....one batch for him....one batch for the rest of us, I'm sure...