Even though the garden is nowhere near what it should be right now I have spent the majority of the day putting up what has been taken out of it. I had a large basket of tomatoes ripen on the counter that I wanted taken care of before the fruit flies were out of control. I picked more to ripen this morning but have a feeling piccalilli is in my future (not that I mind, I haven’t made it in a few years).
I canned what few green beans I have harvested this year. The yellows should be coming in mid-week. They’re a month behind – mind you I had to plant them 3 times this year due to cold weather. You can’t always go by the calendar when it comes to gardening.
I also dug some potatoes and it would appear that this will be one of my best years ever for those.
With the spoils of the garden waiting on the counter I decided to make a five mile meal. Shepherd’s Pie made with fresh dug potatoes, newly pulled onions, fresh corn, newly cured garlic and beef grown in Heath by our good friend Russell. Now I know Shepherd’s Pie is sometimes considered a lowly meal but is a favorite of some of my family members and making it with ingredients this fresh takes it to heights never achieved with corn coming out of a can. It’s five miles to the corn stand, hence the name.
I also made backyard sauce and canned that as well. Everything grown here – even the herbs. Heaven.
There’s something about the feeling you get knowing you have grown everything you are eating. There’s a sense of pride and a feeling of security that grows a little each year. I can also send food home with family and friends and know they’ll eat and enjoy not only something good, healthy and local but also made with love.
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I LOVE THIS! I’m envious! I’ve canned tomatoes one time and I was so afraid of doing something wrong and we’d all get sick!! But yes, I definitely walked around like a proud peacock after that…..so what is backyard sauce?
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It’s a pasta sauce. I used ripe tomatoes, onions, garlic, some pesto I’d made earlier in the season, lots of oregano and ground, homegrown beef. Yum.
Wish I could come to your house for dinner! If there’s anything better than fresh, home-grown food on the table, I’ve yet to meet it.
I love it when I make an omelette for breakfast with free range eggs from my chickens, tomatoes, herbs and mushrooms all that I have grown myself. Its truly satisfying. Well done!
Thanks. It’s difficult to describe how it makes you feel, especially to people who have never grown anything.
Oh there is nothing like sitting down to a meal that is grown in your yard. It all sounds so yummy!