Morning harvest

On today’s menu;

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Zucchini, meadow mushrooms, red and green sweet basil and green onions, sautéed in olive oil at medium heat with eggs, a dash of light soy sauce, and sprinkled with a little sharp cheddar.

I cover it, turn off the heat, and go out to do the watering while it rests and let’s the cheese melt into it. When I come back in I smell the aroma of basil and the slightly anise-like mushrooms.

For desert is fresh blackberries and dried prunes.

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It wouldn’t win any chef’s contest or anything like that, but this is food you cannot buy. Well, not unless your restaurant has a garden right out back. Anyway there’s something about stepping outside of a morning and gathering your breakfast that is satisfying beyond the “quality” of the food.

The wild mushrooms were a welcome surprise. They often come about this time of year, but it’s been so hot and dry that I really didn’t expect these. They’re considerably better than the similar, brown variety you get in the stores, but strangely you don’t see them produced commercially. They do stain yellow-ish when bruised. Maybe it’s all about looks on the shelf. I don’t know.

As I was picking ripe blackberries the other day, and stuffing handfuls of them in my mouth, I got the feeling that I was wasting them, by not sharing. Well plenty of them are going into the freezer.

4 thoughts on “Morning harvest

  1. Add your own eggs to make it perfection…

    I have Khaki Campbell ducks. Quieter than the chickens, very good at feeding themselves, can turn them loose in the garden to control bugs, they lay an egg a day per duck… And the eggs are GREAT. Larger than chicken eggs , higher protein (and fat) too.

    • No kiddin’? We had some Khaki Campbell’s several years ago. Awesome eggs! When you scrub them up real well, they had a slightly translucent appearance and a subtle spiral texture to them. I called them “Spiral Pearl” eggs. We had so many we traded them to a local restaurant.

      At some point, either a neighbor’s dog or a coyote managed to get into the pen and killed them. Just tore them up. Total loss. I’ve been a little reluctant to get more birds. I suppose your are right; it’s good to have your own, fresh supply. I’ll have to super-reinforce the structure and fence before I keep ‘yote bait again though.

      • Dug in hardware cloth 6″ deep all the way around, plus a layer of plastic coated chicken wire 2′ wide laid on the ground around the outside perimeter & grown into the grass, a wall of a heavy plastic coated mesh and a roof of 2″ heavy duty game bird mesh- A solar charged fencer with hot strands @ 18″ and 48″.

        And a .22 Hornet.

        Zero loss to critters so far-

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