Friday, July 29, 2016

bring on the summer vegetables

It is nothing short of great pleasure to see backyard gardens, farmers markets, curbside stands, and  local produce at the grocery store furnishing a plethora of summer vegetables and fruits to please even the most finicky eater. 

I have a friend who wrote in her last letter she presently hopes to maintain something fermenting on her counter on a regular basis. That inspired me higher up and further on to taking a chance on fermenting okra recently. A simple brine with spices and garlic put into a jar along with fresh okra, then a five to six day requirement for the fermenting process on the counter, which only left the taste test. Not bad, actually! They have now been allotted a special place in the refrigerator, which will only improve their salty, slightly pickled flavor. 

A gazpacho was made with the abundance of tomatoes and other summer veggies and herbs. Due to several reasons of various matters, my husband and I are undertaking a five day mainly fruit and vegetable fast. We have survived the first day. I say that tongue in cheek; my husband knows this is a very good idea in mind and operation, but his body clamors incessantly for meals of meat and potatoes, and let's not forget his almost daily bowl of evening popcorn! I natter on with positive regard to our planned meals. After eating a full bowl of this delicious gazpacho, he commented," Now we are going to eat the main meal, right?"
It is only five days...

1 comment:

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Fresh produce is always a delight! I've not tried fermenting any foods - maybe one day. Diet and habit are interwound so deeply. I've been eating dairy and gluten free for a couple of months while Miss O has chosen to be vegetarian for several months. Then Miss G is always looking for healthy and high protein foods. Add to the mix a range of family allergies and preferences. Shopping and cooking are quite an interesting experience.... Five days - you'll be finished before you know it - maybe. My teen son have ways to explain many new food concepts - like how pizza is practically a vegetable???? Mmmmm :)

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