farm-human-dog relations in the piedmont of north carolina
Thursday, June 20, 2013
So we contributed to a cookbook sometime last year and got a nice surprise in the mail a few weeks ago! It is a really beautiful cookbook, well-done, with lots of great recipes. Thank you Martha Holmberg for putting this together! We sent in the radish/sugar snap pea recipe. So healthy of us. But of course I jump to the dessert section first and get fast to work....a strawberry cake first and then the cocoa beet cake which I just have to say is WOW. WHOA. So good. Ridiculously good. I feel a little more domestic this pregnancy; been spending more time in the kitchen. I have been washing dishes (!)(what?!) and vacuuming. Making full sours (don't worry, I just discovered what that meant a few weeks ago) and canned pickles and for this weekend am planning sweet and sour pickles and some more full sours and canned dills. No, I'm not craving pickles all the time we just have a gangbuster crop of cucumbers this year. Cucumbers and beets.
But it's definitely not all gangbusters this season. We've lost quite a bit from the garden with all this rain. Luckily all the wet has kept the temperatures cooler, which makes it feel a little more alright. And maybe we were due for a more challenging weather year to keep us on our toes. Helps us be better planners, make wiser decisions. So much of farming well is about planning. Definitely a skill to hone.