Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Groceries versus garden

Does anyone else feel like their grocery bill is cratering you? We really have cut out so much processed and prepackaged food. We're growing so much more in our garden this year too! So what's the deal?! I gently remind myself that we never eat out and that the high quality food we eat is health insurance. Still.... the amount we spend every week on groceries is mind numbing. Do you all feel it too? Well... enough of my ranting. You surely don't need to hear it.

We've been having treasure hunts with our potatoes, digging them up, and making plenty of potato salads cause that's a personal favorite around here. My family's recipe uses fresh dill, minced red onion, chopped hard boiled eggs, minced celery, mayo, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. Easy peasy and oh so good.

This tiny chocolate pepper would be a photographic example of how much produce gets plucked by the "almost" three year old before it's ready. We haven't made it into the house with a single bean yet. Our first patty pan squash is probably ready today, along with some cherry tomatoes, cukes, and the first Romas. That is, if I get out there before he does. We had some squash from down the road for dinner last night; it was so sweet and tender. We bought some bean from them too, but those are getting snarfed up, raw, like carrot sticks. They're the perfect summer snack; bag it and go.

Now, back to those squashes. This is one of our favorite recipes. I have no idea where it came from... probably a magazine years ago.

Zuchini and Fresh Herb Fritters

salt and pepper
2 lbs. zuch, coarsely grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 bunch scallions, minced
1 c. dried bread crumbes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon mint, chopped

Salt zuch and set aside to drain in colander for 30 minutes. Mix all ingredients. Film skillet with oil. Cook fritters over med heat until all brown, flip. Serve hot with salsa and sour cream (or plain yogurt.)

They also taste just dandy cold. I had the leftovers today for my lunch. I didn't share a one with the kids.

One of these sweet sunflowers just had to come inside to keep me happy. Makes me forget about food bills....


I Love Baby Quilts! said...

I enjoyed this post very much! I would absolutely love veggies in a garden but with hand sewing, two little guys, baking and a full time job, I just don't have the brain space to devote to learning how. It seems tricky. You are talented!

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- J

Cheryl Arkison said...

Ooh, so jealous of the garden! next year.
And yes, the grocery bill is overwhelming sometimes. But quality is something I refuse to compromise on - unless we go broke! But even then dried beans can make a lot of meals.