An Adventure in Rural Living
OMG!  We’re Growing Food!

OMG! We’re Growing Food!

Woo hoo!  We are officially growing food!

Check out my first harvest…

I brought in the last of the lettuce (now that the bunnies left it for greener pastures), the first of the tomatoes, the first two peppers, the first three zucchini, a bunch of basil, a bunch of scallions, and a bunch of peas.  I’m ridiculously proud.  Haha.

I was feeling a little bit discouraged about my garden because I got my cabbage, spinach, lettuce, and bok choy in too late and they mostly went straight to seed.  Nathan planted about 4 weeks before I did and had a bountiful lettuce harvest.  He had so much lettuce that he’s been pawning it off on us, which I am grateful for.  He also recently discovered his cucumbers.  I’m so jealous.  Mine are flowering and spreading, but I don’t have any beautiful cucumbers, yet.  However, I was surprised and delighted when Steve came in and said, “Do you know you have zucchini out in the garden?”  I said, “What?!  No!  What?!  I have zucchini?  OMG!  I’ll be right back!”  He laughed at me as I ran out to the garden to investigate the full sized zucchini that sort of appeared overnight.

I made my first dinner out of the garden.  I used my harvested zucchini, tomatoes, and basil and made Zucchini Lasagna by using my vegetable peeler to slice strips off my zucchini.  I browned one pound of ground beef with garlic and added a can of tomatoes (I’m hoping that next year, these will be from my garden).  I added fresh basil chiffonade (French for thin slices – ooh la la) to a pound of ricotta cheese, one egg, and salt and pepper.  Then I layered them in a casserole dish:  meat sauce, zucchini “noodles,” ricotta mix, mozzarella cheese… and kept layering until I got to the top and had used all my ingredients.  I had about 3 layers.  I threw it in the oven and baked it for about 45 minutes.  I served it with a fresh salad of Nathan’s lettuce, my first three tomatoes, and more basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Delicious!  Justin loved it, I had leftovers for lunch the next day, and Steve had leftovers for dinner the next night (but that may because I was offering chicken curry which is not at all his favorite).

I planted quite a bit of zucchini and expect that I might be overwhelmed by it soon.  I am frantically scouring the internet for recipes.  Please let me know if you have any favorites.

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