kim is here for her pre-rhinebeck visit; one of the reasons i haven’t been on the blog for the last couple of days is that we were busy getting ready. i put my head down and worked at my desk all weekend, squaring away enough to make me feel a little less guilty.
then yesterday, it was all about cooking, so we’d have nice foods to eat without me spending precious visiting time in the kitchen. i got up and got a fudge cake into the oven first thing.
then i went out to the garden to pick and pull up as many good things as i could possibly fit into a couple of days worth of meals. all of that stuff in the photo was for root soup—onions, rutabaga, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celeriac, garlic, celery, carrots, etc.
can i just divert you for a moment to rhapsodize about our rutabagas? i’m very excited i was able to grow them, because they’re one of my favorite roasting vegetables and we cannot buy them in the grocery store here.
i had no idea they were so easy to grow or i would have done it last year. anyway, they are and the other day, i made jody laugh when i said i had rutabaga the size of my head
i think she thought i was kidding around. now granted, i have the teeniest of heads, but look—i wasn’t exaggerating; not a bit.
we’ve already eaten them a couple of times and they turned out great. in fact, all of our root vegetables came out really tasty this year—the potatoes are creamy and tender, sweet potatoes are rich in color and flavor, and the carrots are sweet and more plentiful than i dared hope for.
tomatoes and eggplant not so much. but i get enough of those to cook with anyway. and the peppers are plentiful. i planned a curry from some of everything.
i got all this stuff washed up and cleaned, then brought it inside to start the massive task of peeling and chopping them into submission for cooking. i roasted a large pan of the root vegetables until the juices ran, then added those to a mirepoix of garlic, shallots, and celery, spiced it with ginger, cardamom, fenugreek, etc, added some vegetable stock and let it simmer til everything was very tender.
then into the cuisinart and wa-la—we have a soup. i ended up with these four containers for the freezer and a half-gallon which we’ll heat up with the addition of a little cream for dinner tonight (we have spinning class; they’ll come early to grab a bite and socialize). i also pickled some beets to make a salad.
once that was done i frosted the cake and set it out on the table right where kim could see it first thing. haha, do i know my girl or what??
next i ran to the airport to get kim and when we got back we got the curry on the stove. then we sat and knitted and talked while it simmered. we ate that for dinner last night and i gotta say, it was yummy.
but it may have been overshadowed by the cake, haha.
what a nice evening, right? this was my first big chance to spend time just cooking in my kitchen in . . . well, i don’t know how long.
we had a good night’s sleep and woke up this morning to pouring rain. kim and i went out walking anyway, and she took a few photos i think you’re going to like
yep, bümchen is done, done done and i’ll be wearing it on friday to lunch.
it’s really comfy too—enough of a sweater to give a light layer of warmth, but not enough to be hot. it’ll be a great sweater for spring and fall.
it’s kind of elegant too, i like that.
i’m knitting like crazy too—i’ve got a couple of secret projects going and then this denim shawlette. i had it a little further along, but i ended up ripping the whole thing out to start over again when i realized the motif wasn’t centered to my liking.
now it’s all good and rolling along . . .
and with that,i’m off. we’ll be in rhinebeck for the next five days with no internet, so i probably wont’ be back before next wednesday. have a great weekend and if you’re coming to the wool show, please stop by our lunchtime picnic at 12 noon on saturday to say hi and partake of the fun.