Rob is more of a fussier eater than he usually admits. Although I can usually sneak some vegetables in, there are few he really likes. Peas is one that makes the cut, but only peas still in the pod. So this year we doubled our production and have frozen 18 pounds, or just under a bushel, of sugar snap and snow peas. This does not count the two pounds in my favorite bowl that slipped out of my hand and flew across the floor.
The steps are easy. Pick, sort, trim, blanch (don’t forget the ice bath!), dry and bag. We use them primarily in stir fry or to blister in sesame oil and ginger. This is a big part of making summer flavors last through March.
When Em visited last, she wanted to make sushi. At the look of panic on my face, my husband helpfully suggested summer roles instead. Now we are obsessed with rolling everything into rice wraps. Kind of like putting out the pretty pitcher of water with lemon or cucumber slices in it to trick us into drinking more water, the rolls help me gobble down salad.
There are so many options out there. This recipe was my guide. Today’s special is lettuce, cucumber, radish and carrot with a sesame ginger dipping sauce. How simple is that!
We finally pulled the free dehydrator out of the basement. It intimidated me. I will admit that. The chives, oregano and sage all loved the rain so much even the weeds did not stand a chance. Yesterday I clipped the masses and found my tarragon and thyme again.
I started with the sage. Half dried over night. The rest is finishing off now. The kitchen smells like Thanksgiving! AndI’m officially hooked. Let’s dry everything!
The steps were simple. Cut in the morning, pick off the good leaves, rinse and dry and in the salad spinner, lay on the shelves and let it go over night. Two tips I have are to preheat the dehydrator and to rotate the shelves a few hours in. This is the best resource I found to take the mystery out of this process!
This week is my favorite when it comes to gardening. The soil is fresh, perennials are emerging and the worst weeds are crab grass and dandelions. For the first time in years, the spinach and peas are both in the ground and sprouting. Inside tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs, zinnias are showing their second leaves and beginning to look like real plants. Anything is possible and my head is full of big ideas!
The challenges are coming. Along with the hosta, the weeds are beginning to pop out. The three spearmint nursed through the winter need a home sequestered from anyone else but safe from the weedeater. Luna has already helped by digging in the compost and spreading it across the lawn. Rob demonstrated the new power trimmer turning our front bushes into stick sculptures.