Wednesday, October 30, 2013

in my autumn kitchen {with gratitude}

It's funny how when you lose nearly an entire garden, you are suddenly aware of the abundance you actually have. I've already used up more than half of my winter food stores, (and, yes, it's not even winter yet!) but I've made quite a few almost-completely-homegrown meals lately - oh how I love that! It's also funny that something as ordinary as this (and necessary as far as our ancestors were concerned) is somehow elusive and complicated in these modern times.

Here's a look at my kitchen goings-on, and some simple dishes that have graced our table over the past couple weeks:





Before the frost, I picked a bouquet of celery, parsley, and the last of the carrots for our first real cold weather staple - chicken with dumplings, but made this time with turkey and goat's milk. That was promptly followed by another favorite here - curry turkey (based off curry chicken, but again with goat's milk in place of the coconut milk and sour cream) using carrots and onion from the garden. And the lemon even came from my little potted lemon tree!

I made my first ever homegrown kimchee, right down to the garlic and ginger.

I've been making a weekly stock for soups (our favorites being of the Vietnamese variety), using most and squirreling away some for the freezer in preparation for Thanksgiving. 

I have a big pot of lemongrass awaiting harvest and a small jar of crystallized honey, a beautiful gift from our beekeeper, and by far the best I've ever tasted. While the chickens take their annual cold weather rest, duck eggs are still in abundance, and we had enough recently to bring over to our local fire department.

How truly fortunate I feel to have such good food to eat and to share.

11 comments:

  1. Some of that food sounds amazing. There is no chance to grow ginger or lemon grass over here but one day it would be nice to have a lemon tree in a little green house.
    Lovely photos as well

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    1. Thanks, Kev! I actually grow the ginger and lemongrass indoors (in big pots) through the winter, then put them outside for a few months in summer, and harvest everything in fall.

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  2. Is your potted lemon in your house? I didn't put up nearly half as much food as I did last year from my garden. And certainly no fruit at all from our own trees. I did buy a box of palisade peaches that I canned for this winter.

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    1. Hi Jen! Yes, I keep the tree inside most of the year, bringing it out to the patio June through September.

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  3. It is truly satisfying to be able to use homegrown ingredients to feed our families! Good for you guys for sharing the abundance of the duck eggs too! :)

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  4. This is so amazing to me! I would love to be able to do this one day. Beautiful pictures, too! :)

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  5. Jaime, what a great post. I've been working on soups this past week as well, mostly to can, mostly based on my abundance of Tatume summer squash! Your chicken and dumplings sounds mighty fine for a break from soup. :)

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  6. Everything just "smells' beautiful.

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  7. What lovely pictures and tasty food.

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  8. Your food sounds devine - vietnamese soups and duck eggs! And how wonderful to be in a circle of giving and receiving. I do miss living in the city for the diversity of food. I was fortunate to live and work next to Vietnamese community and the Pho restaurants and supermarkets are incredibly cheap yet the taste is out of this world.

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  9. Jaime, thank you so much for your good wishes about my new book. I appreciate that!

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