We are almost out of zucchinis (at last). Country Boy pulled the plants out the other day to make room for other things. I have grated a heap and put them in the freezer for zucchini slices etc over the coming months.
Over the weekend we dug up the potatoes (so far we have about 50kg), so I am moving into potato recipe time. Luckily we love mash – I imagine that it will feature heavily in our menu plan over the next few months!
The pumpkins are also almost ready to pick. Country Boy says there aren’t that many – only about 20 large ones and 20 or 30 little ones (I call that many)! Will have to start researching pumpkin recipes – I am going to try pumpkin gnocchi sometime, and also a Thai pumpkin and coconut soup.
We still have lots of carrots, and spinach and it is great to be able to just walk out to the garden and pick some whenever I need to.
The tomatoes are almost finished and to be honest I am sick of them! I have about 20 jars of tomato sauce in the cupboard, and a heap of stewed tomatoes in the freezer to be used over winter. I have also oven dried a heap to use in pasta. Just halve them (quarters if they are huge), place them in a single layer on a tray and leave in an oven at 80*c for 12 hours or until completely dry. Soak in a little hot water before using. They taste so much better than the shop bought varieties.
Many of the cucumbers are rotting on the vine because we cannot eat them fast enough. Country Boy tried making cucumber soup. He quite liked it, but he was the only one. He has also made some pickled cucumbers: slice cucumbers in a pickling mix (salt, sugar, and vinegar) with dill and peppercorns. It smells just like the pickles on McDonalds burgers, but tastes sooo much better!
After the rain we had a month ago, Country Boy bought back huge beautiful mushrooms, fresh from the field. We made the most amazing mushroom soup (though it looks awful), which is now also in the freezer for an easy meal when we need it.
The figs are finally ripening, and the kids are loving them. Toby stands under the tree pointing at them and saying “more” whenever he is near it. I made a couple of jars of fig jam the other day. FIL loves fig jam, and has (apparently) eaten an entire jar already. I am going to try to make something else with figs too (I am imagining that figs will go nicely with pork).
I have picked bags of peaches off trees that are on the side of the roads near by. I stewed them up and have frozen them for desserts over the winter (alternately peaches would also go beautifully with pork).
Country Boy has planted lots of beetroots, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and onions this week, so in a few months I will be over run with these vegetables.
The chickens have slowed down their egg laying. Hannah and Meg have a theory that they don’t like laying on shredded paper, so we have gone back to using straw to line their nesting boxes, and we will see if things improve.
We plan to get one of the pigs ‘processed’ (the nicer way of saying butchered or slaughtered) in a few weeks time. Mmmmm pork! I need to rearrange the freezer to make room for half a pig. Apparently you can’t just ring up an abattoir and book it in – you need a ‘pig pass’. I did some research on the internet about it, and Country Boy thought I was making it up because it sounded so absurd. The things you need to know to live the country life continue to astound us!
I kind of feel like I’m Ma in Little House On The Prairie, squirreling away as much food as possible for the long winter, but I am also proud of Country Boy and myself for being resourceful and frugal. I love that I can trust the food that we are eating. This is what we wanted most of all when we moved to the country. Definitely channeling my inner farmers wife at the moment.