|Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup|
I made some kale and white bean soup from a recipe in Yoga Journal. I am not an eater of kale on a regular basis, but this soup turned out great, perhaps due to the vegetable stock (from a recipe in Love Soup) or maybe it was the honkin' big clove of garlic I used. Anyway, it was perfect with some homemade bread on a snowy winter day.
Last week I placed my orders for seeds and plants. I probably still have too many tomatoes, but I did try to tone things down. Also, I considered just what I eat and what I want to eat.
Ordinarily, I don't grow pumpkins because in the past I have not eaten them much. That has been changing, but not to the point where I wanted to grow my own. Then came disappointment in the local sugar pumpkins from last summer - no flavor. So I am giving pumpkins a try this year.
Ditto sweet potatoes. Store-bought are good, but I'm betting home-grown are better. I picked a bush variety that should do fine in the grow sacks.
I like eggplant but one goes a long way in my kitchen. With Burpee's new mix 'n match, though, I can get one plant, a container variety that produces small fruit that look perfect for a one person household.
I mixed and matched my eggplant with a variety of peppers plus some container tomatoes; that's where I went astray with the "love apples". I want to see if salsa tomatoes were really better for salsa, plus I want an early tomato - I hate to wait.
There is no room for brassicas except maybe here and there, so I will look for locally grown plants if I think I can squeeze them in. But there will be root vegetables following the garlic, for fall harvesting. That is another food group I eat more of, now that I know to roast them in olive oil and sea salt.
Over the years, I have tried a variety of beans, green and wax, but this year I am reverting back to the tried and true Blue Lake Bush. And I am growing more onions so that I can thin them for scallions. And I must remember to plant the sunflowers this year. What is a backyard without sunflowers?
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