Friday, May 22, 2009

Independence Days #2

I think I'm going to like having this challenge to wrap up my work week, because reviewing what I've done through the week gives me a little extra motivation to get more done on the weekends as well as to find little ways to contribute throughout the week.

Besides, right now it seems so easy to cover all the bases!

1. Plant something: Not too much here this week, but at least I finally got my tomato seedlings (two kinds of cherry tomatoes) planted.

2. Harvest something: I didn't make it over to the one garden, but at the Renaissance Man's herb patch I picked spearmint, peppermint, and lemon balm.

3. Preserve something: Hung the mints and the lemon balm to dry.

4. Reduce waste: Cut the bottoms off two plastic jugs (milk and cider), then set the containers over the tomato seedlings to keep them warm over the still cool nights; packed my lunch in all reusable containers every day; inflicted the second jar of veg curry on friends for a movie night; used a rag instead of a paper towel or two to clean the stovetop.

5. Preparation and storage: Cleaned the stovetop; wiped down dehydrator trays; started another box of empty pint jars to reuse for canning; started new jar of dried nettle for tea.

6. Build local food systems: Another lively Local Roots meeting; also, made contact with several people about the market at the Malabar Farm Barbecue Saturday night (interested producers, someone helpful from the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, a local business owner, a reporter) to ask some questions and gather more ideas (not to mention to increase interest!).

7. Eat the food: Oh yeah! With the Renaissance Man around, I went on a cooking spree: bread with local spelt flour; sticky buns with local spelt flour, local eggs, local hicans; broccoli pizza with homemade sauce, local broccoli, local cheese; asparagus pasta with the last of the asparagus from a Friend; homemade canned salsa to go with chips for snack; local oatmeal; herb tisanes with home-dried herbs; and tonight's dinner, a bread salad (panzanella) with leftover spelt bread, lambs quarters from the garden, and dried cherry tomatoes, accompanied by this year's spring brew from a local brewery, incorporating chamomile, lemon verbena, and lemon basil (locally grown).

Okay, it's obvious where my priority was this week: feeding the Renaissance Man and, by extension, myself. But at least I tried to keep other things in mind and have laid the groundwork for more next week.

Very satisfying!

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At 5/26/2009 6:11 PM, Blogger Tara said...

Mmmm! That dinner looks wonderful!

At 5/27/2009 7:07 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

It was, Tara -- and ridiculously easy. Just use some stale, hard bread (small chunks), toss with olive oil, and add whatever else you like. (A little balsamic vinegar wouldn't be taken amiss, either.)


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