One of my top resolutions was to get to one of Austin's farmer's markets every week, all year long. We went last night were not disappointed. Not that we ever are, but I was wondering what the winter harvest would look like. Looked like this:I made insanely good veggie omelettes for dinner... those deeeelicous eggs, minced beets, chopped portabellas (portobellos) and garlic, spinach, purple onions, and cheese. Um, no, the cheese wasn't from the FM, but it was local stuff from Pure Luck Farm (GAWD that cheese is gooooood). I'm gonna make a cream of cauliflower/turnip/winter squash/sweet potato soup tonight. Can you see my halo shining from where you are?
The first thing I did when I got home from Australia was look in my garden. Well, if I am to be honest, it was the second thing I did. The first thing I did was crack a Real Ale Full Moon Beer and then I walked out to the garden. (Did I tell you how disappointed we were with Australian beer? Booooring.) We were thrilled to find that our broccoli had survived the freeze and there were 3 good heads to pick. FinnigantheCurious and I got out the ole Swiss Army Knife (he loves to cut...being a boy and all) and hacked them off. We then climbed on the trampoline, poured a bowl of blue cheese dressing, and went to town. It makes me all teary to see my boy, who could care less about food (can you imagine?), chowing down on something so wonderful and knowing that we grew it ourselves. I'm telling ya, growing food is one of life's greatest joys...it just is. That and cheese. And beer. And traveling. And coming home.
We live on smoothies in the summer, but not so much in the winter. I decided that was just poopy silly so we made some. Check out my Daddy's old blender. I think it's from the 70's, I really do. It just keeps on chuggin'. I kinda wish it would die so I could get a new fancy one, but not really. Only a hausfrau geek like me would take a picture because the orange buttons on the blender looked so great with the purple smoothie and the orange straws. I'm just weird like that. So are you...I know it.
I'll let you know how the soup comes out.
OMG...did I TELL you that I have become allergic to kiwi? Isn't that just the weirdest thing? I had an episode about 3 months ago and had no idea what caused it. Two days before we left Australia the same thing happened, but this episode was bad bad bad. I almost went the ER. We were utterly baffled as to the cause. Well, lo and behold, yesterday I sat down to lunch with the small boy and I cut up a kiwi. I ate a slice, then another, then the burning/swelling started and I realized that was it!! Fortunately, I had some kid Benadryl on hand and I gulped some down. That seemed to head it off at the pass somewhat. I did still have the burning, swollen mouth and throat but none of the other awfulness that I won't gross you out with. Turns out kiwi is one of the Top 10 allergens in the world. See, healthy food 'aint all it's cracked up to be. My mama said that if I had been sitting down to a nice fine lunch of fried chicken and mashed potatoes, such a terrible thing would have never happened to me. She's a wise woman. I was just about to go eat something healthy right now, but, on second thought, I'm just gonna go finish off that round of Pure Luck cheese.