Friday, April 27, 2012

Malabar Spinach

I'm trying out Malabar Spinach this year for the heck of it. I love things that vine - especially if I can eat it. Link here for a description at Johnny's Seeds.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beacon Street Farm

When not running the Backyard Growers Program I'm digging around on my own farm. Here are some pictures from today...
Lemon Balm & Garlic

Lettuce - so pretty!

The girls....

Off to a great start!

Hello Growers: Here's some pics from our recent training / compost distribution days...

The Food Project D.I.R.T. Crew doing amazing work!
One of our fabulous young growers learning how to plan her garden at our recent training.

2012 BYG Garden Training

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spinach Oatmeal Soup

Dark compost over the garden, I am beginning to dream about fresh greens.  I am hoping for loads of spinach.  Unable to wait I made this soup today:

Spinach Oatmeal Soup

Melt some butter in a soup pot.  A couple tablespoons, maybe.  Cut up an onion or two or three and cook it on low until it gets a little brown and transparent, stirring between doing the dishes and putting them away.  Add a little more butter.  Everybody loves butter.

Toss in a handful or two of oatmeal.  Use whatever you have-- Irish, rolled oats, quick,  anything that isn't instant and flavored like peaches and cream.    Cook this with the onions and butter until it is also brown and a little sticky looking.  Add a liter or so of broth (I used chicken) and let it simmer a bit. 

If you have a potato cut it up and put it in.  Soup loves a good potato.  Wash a  pound of spinach and take off any bits you wouldn't want to eat.  Add it to the pot and cover.  Cook until everything seems done: the potato is soft, the spinach is wilted.  Puree. 

Season with salt and pepper.  Or cloves if you're like that.  If you want a creamier soup add milk or sour cream.  If you add dairy heat it slowly.  Or serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt or a splash of heavy cream.

Today I am having it without any dairy but when I heat it tomorrow I will add some.