Yesterday, when I went to tend to my garden, Daddy shared a surprise with me.
It seems that his eyes espied something new lurking on one of my plants.
What was it? You ask.
Well, there–at the base of my cherry tomato plant–sat four or five ripe red cherry tomatoes!
Never mind the low yield!
WE HAD SOMETHING TO HARVEST!
Check out the video below for more about my first “harvest” for 2021, and an update on what’s growing in the garden and how things are progressing.
Save your money!
Today’s dish, guacamole and steak fries, is great served as a snack, lunch or even a light dinner.
Why buy it at a restaurant when you can save your money by making it yourself for pennies on the dollar.
For those who are interested, it is vegan, but, as long as there is avocado, oil and potatoes involved, there’s no honest way to call it low calorie.
I will, however, say that it is healthy as it was prepared from fresh whole foods.
The only thing that appears not to be fresh is the pickled jalapenos, but if you’ve been following me, you know that I prepared those myself just last week.
By the way, they were a hit!
Anyway, as you might have guessed, I cook intuitively– as did my mother; so, there is no recipe for the dishes that I share.
I simply combine the meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and starches that I enjoy– then season them to my liking.
But to be fair, I do consult with recipes on timing or temperature for something that I’ve never cooked before. I also tend to follow baking recipes rather strictly because–er, um–chemistry, but that’s about it as far I go with recipes.
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By the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.William Shakespeare’s MacBeth
Oh yes! LadyG’s Rambling Musical Commentary has returned with the year 1980.
Join me as I remember my favorite jams from a year that brought some fond memories along with a very bitter pill to swallow.
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I’ll go ahead and admit to having had a penchant for buying a gaggle of produce, placing it in the bottom of the refrigerator, then promptly forgetting about it.
And while I was busy NOT remembering it, my supermarket harvest quickly became wet and funky bags of slime– waiting to be trashed.
Fortunately, I realized, in the words of my Late Great Uncle Bubba, “That ain’t no way to do the thang.”
So, I had myself a “come to Jesus meeting” which led me to confess my sin of wastefulness.
Think about it, for years, in my case, I have bought food that someone took the trouble to grow—only to allow it to rot away in those sad little plastic produce bags that I also didn’t give a hoot about.
Don’t get me wrong, I cared about the environment but not enough to change the way I lived my best life.
Yeah, I was pretty reckless…
But I digress.
We’ll talk about the environment later.
Anyway, now that I’ve started gardening, I have some idea how much work it takes to plant and grow vegetables.
So the thought of squandering them the way that I had done so many times before is now, in my opinion, appalling!
Still, I can’t even imagine the amount of time and work that our nation’s farmers invest in growing food that frequently gets trashed in a land where, ironically, much of the population suffers from some level of hunger.
Whew! All the words…
Now, on a personal level, I could kick myself for the amount of money that I’ve spent on food that never touched my lips.
Y’all, I did it for years!
After my meeting with The Lord, I decided to do better by adopting the following practices:
- Placing produce in a more prominent place (top shelf of my fridge) so that I don’t forget it
- Finding new and creative ways to prepare and eat whatever I buy
- Blanching and freezing or pickling vegetables before they spoil
- Refraining from the use of those little produce bags in the produce section
Now, in the interest of safety, I must make a clarification by adding that my pickled foods go immediately into the refrigerator as I have not yet started to deal with canning.
Ah, but do not worry, canning is on LadyG’s list of “next things.”
Yes, there is such a list and there are other food preservation methods on it. (You can download a template below)
Additional entries on said list may never be revealed to the public.
*Insert diabolical laughter here*
Best believe, whatever I do, you’ll definitely be amongst the first to know— so stay tuned.
What about you?
Do you currently use food preservation techniques? If so, which ones?
Does preserving food help you to save money?
Drop down in comments and lets discuss it.
Below is a video of me preserving some collard greens and broccoli.
The collards (also pictured above) are from my garden; the broccoli is store-bought.
LadyG pickled a peck of jalapeño peppers ‘cause she couldn’t find them whole in the store…
They only had the sliced ones!
That just wouldn’t do!
The new policy is: If you can’t find it—make it yourself–for pennies on the dollar!
You’ll be amazed at all of the things you can learn to do by creepin’ ’round the interwebs!
With that said, I also needed to preserve these bad boys before they spoiled.
More to come about that later…
How many of you are experimenting with food? Drop down in comments and let me know.