Monday, December 20, 2010

Meal #3 lot of stored veggies from the garden.

I woke this morning to a dusting of snow.  The kids were excited to see even the coating that we got.  The week is supposed to bring flurries most days this week, with no meaningful accumulation.   Right now, I'm really happy with pretty, but not inconvenient.  Tomorrow is the solstice and I'm planning to plant some things to celebrate.  For now, we still have lots of stored veggies from the garden. 

Last night we ate some more of those veggies.  I decided to make a roast in the rotisserie oven.  You will remember the infomercials from 8 or 10 years ago.  Hubby bought me one long ago and it is in sad shape.  The plastic arms that hold the door on have broken.  Hubby had taken it into the fire station once and we're now missing parts as well.  It still works though, and I refuse to throw it away until it completely dies. 

As you can see, the roast was a perfect medium rare.  I never make roasts and when we order our half cow from Den Besten farms, I always account for that.  There are always a few that I allow, but generally even those get turned into jerky.  The sides are the Rio Grande russets from the garden with raw milk from a local farm.  The sugar snap peas were frozen from the garden, along with the beets that were harvested in July. 

It's amusing to set a plate in front of my family and have them ask for more veggies before they even eat.  The garden veggies have that effect on us.  Somehow the store veggies just don't taste quite the same.  These will run out eventually, so I'm planning a trip to the Providence farmers market with some good friends in January.  It will be nice to see all the other lovely things they have as well.   Dark Days meals aren't so tough when your pantry and freezers already hold so many wonderful local things.  You would be hard pressed to find a meal we eat that doesn't have at least something from one of the local farms. 

This post is part of Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions and The Dark Days Challenge at The (not so) Urban Hennery. 


Daphne said...

That would be true of us too. All our meat (except a small part of the pork) comes from local farms so you will always see local meat on our table. And of course much of our veggies come from our garden or FM. Not all though. And we do like to go out to eat which isn't always local, but a few of the restaurants have local things in season.

A Kitchen Garden in Kihei Maui said...

It's fun to cook from the preserved and stored garden veggies. Your dinner looks good!

kitsapFG said...

Yum! Dinner looks great! We do much the same thing with the exception that we are able to make our preserved items last through until spring. Tonight we had baked salmon (local wild), baked potato with sour cream and chives, and steamed snapped young runner beans (frozen) with a little butter and salt. Cannot beat a meal that comes in large part (if not entirely) from our gardens!

Karen Anne said...

There's a wintertime farmers' market in Providence? All I see on near there is one in Pawtucket and one in Attleboro. (I'm down south near the one in North Kingstown.)

Leigh said...

Yum, yum, yum!

The Mom said...

Daphne, the meat we have problems finding is poultry. I do have a lead though.

Kitchen garden, thanks!

Laura, we still have lots of veggies stored, but we'll probably run out in February or March. I'm getting there!

Karen Anne, I thought my friend said Providence, but it may have been Pawtucket. The one in Attleboro was Sunday I think.

Leigh, thanks!

Barbie said...

lovely meal, indeed!