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Friday, June 19, 2009

beet greens are really delicious for some reason

There's been a break in the rain for long enough that I could finish weeding the onions. They're about the size of the invading grass blades, so that makes it difficult. I'm not expecting a lot from them.
My potatoes are going gangbusters, and they've started blossoming, so the magic is happening right now!

What I know about the beans is that they're very evenly spaced. And they had better taste good, because I'm always out there pulling out the bindweed. I have taken better care of them than my children.

The eggplants are not nearly as crazy as I thought they'd be by now. Is it that they're heirlooms? Is it the rain? The low temperatures? The soil? Maybe they don't like goat poop. Maybe they like cigarettes.

I was getting a little worried about worms in the cauliflower, because it seems like the sort of thing that would get worms, but I found my diatomaceous earth when we emptied the fruit room. Now I can sprinkle the cauliflower with it and kill all the wicked beasties.

This is the salad I made last night with spinach, balsamic viniagrette, roasted beets, goat cheese and candied pecans. It was the worst thing I've ever eaten. I'm sorry, Tipsy, I really did try. I made myself eat the whole bowl despite my gagging. John laughed at how melodramatic I was being--AS IF! It tasted like shame and pawn shop jewelry. It's the same thing as sweet potatoes. I tried for years to make myself like them--sweet, savory, baked, roasted--and failed. Then Lynette Morris made a sweet potato casserole for a church function and forced me to try it. The first time I tasted it I thought it was meh, but I kept trying it and now I crave it fortnightly. And I was thinking, beets are not so different from sweet potatoes in texture, and they have that same too-sweet-to-be-a-vegetable-too-savory-to-be-a-fruit thing going on, so maybe . . . just maybe . . . I could make a beet casserole with eggs and candied nuts and brown sugar.

John says it sounds sick, which he's not wrong about. But I figure, we're sort of starting out at sick, so anything I try will be either an improvement or chicken food.

This one time when I was little I got a fancy straw in the shape of a treble clef out of the drawer and started drinking my milk through it, and then all of a sudden the earwig that had sneakily camped out in the bend was in my mouth. Now THAT was sick.

3 comments:

tipsybaker said...

That salad does look good! Was it just the beets?
Is there a fruit tree in the photograph of your vegetable garden and, if so, what kind?
Huckleberry ice cream: delicious.

Layne said...

True that. It's one of the few flavors that can sway me from chocolate.

That is a fruit tree--a Honeycrisp apple. This is the first year it's had apples, so we're pretty excited.

I think it was the beets. They formed an unholy alliance with the goat cheese. Last night I tried some boiled with butter and salt and they were actually edible.

THE WILKER CLAN said...

Your garden looks great!