What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Vegetable Before and After

I thought it would be fun to show you what I did with all the food I harvested last week.

Again, here was the harvest on Monday morning...


 And here are some of the things I did with them: 


I have to sort through/reorganize my canning cupboard before putting these things away.
yellow squash soup with cheddar beer bread

blueberry zucchini bread 

fried zucchini "cakes".  (We had breakfast for dinner one night.)

loaded scrambled eggs and zucchini cakes

jalapeno jelly

volcano pickles

bread and butter pickles

greeny beanies
On pizza night, we had green peppers with dip alongside our pizza.  One pizza was ham, pepper, onion topped.

And one was tomato-basil garlic pizza.

For a reunion on Sunday, I made a veggie pot pie with these veggies, a bunch of cheddar, and the last bit of leftover zucchini soup.  I used yellow and zucchini squash, green beans, collards, onion, tomatoes and garlic for the veggies.

This is it with the top on.  
fresh salsa for the fridge.  (That is wild garlic, by the way, not domestic., hence its teenyness)
(I realize now I forgot to take pictures of the pesto I made and froze...oops.  I also bagged and froze the leftover cilantro.)  

There you have it.  I kicked off my first canning week with a bang and we've been consistently eating like kings this summer.  Matt, my meat and potatoes man, has been a real trooper eating a lot less meat and a lot more veggies these days.

A garden full of goodness is such a gift.

10 comments:

Ruth said...

I love your gardening/canning posts! Keep 'em coming! :)

Well I love ALL your posts, for that matter ;)

Quinn said...

Such beautiful abundance!!! You guys are eating good!!

Catie said...

This is so inspiring! :) The food looks absolutely divine! Do you do anything else with cucumbers other than pickle them? I never know what to do with them.

Alyssa Spring said...

My vegetarian self is drooling.

Julian said...

Recipes? Lol. Great job! Enjoy the harvest!
Christina

Alyssa Spring said...

Oh..and can you please please tell me how to make the widgets to put my categories under on my blog. I want to have pictures on the sidebar with the categorys and I have searched the web all afternoon anc can't figure it out!
alyssaspringcorley@gmail.com

Miranda said...

I love seeing what you do with all your goodies! Such inspiration! :)

Renata said...

You have done a great job!!! I loved seeing what you made!
Enjoy :)

Rebecca said...

Catie- I just used some cucumbers the other weekend at my parties by making cups out of them (slice them thick and use a melon baller to take out the insides) and then I filled them up with garlic and herb cheese. I've also filled them up with gazpacho. You can use a lot up that way.

Also- it isn't QUITE a pickle, but my family loves them sliced thin and soaked in straight vinegar and black pepper. This, I admit, is an acquired taste but something I grew up with an enjoy.

I also can cinnamon pickles that way- they are not pickles at all, but more a dessert.

I use them for salads and eat them fresh (cut into sticks or disks) with dip. Those are a few ideas. We just brought in the mother load of cucumbers so I think in the next day or two I am going to make a cucumber mask for my face. Just for fun. ;-)

Julian- many of the things I posted actually have recipes already posted at my recipe blog Kitchen Riches. Check it out!

Alyssa- there is no widget to my knowledge. In blogger layout, I added a photo to my sidebar. (I added words to my photo using Picasa.) Then, it gives you the option to have the photo link to something. I linked mine to the search category (gardens). So it takes a bit of work, but not too much. Hope that helps.

Abigail said...

In December, you'll look back on this post and weep. :)

Eating like kings, indeed! Every year, I'm surprised anew by how bountifully God provides through gardening. It IS a gift.