19 February 2011

little sprig

Mother Nature has been teasing us a bit here in the Chesapeake. Sunny, warm days in the middle of February? I know the cold weather cannot be over with already. At least I'm trying to not get my hopes up. A little sprig of forsythia in the bathroom has blossomed, satiating my need for spring (at least for now).

In order to prepare my freezer for the upcoming growing (and eating) season, I started a big pot of vegetable stock this morning. Asparagus ends, broccoli stalks, carrots, and chives from the stock box. The smell is so heartening as the wind gusts blow around the little house.

This weekend will be a good one for cooking. Butternut squash and quinoa soup out of one of the vegan cookbooks borrowed from the library. And perhaps some crock pot banana nut bread using some of the many frozen bananas that seem to have multiplied like rabbits in the freezer.


Anonymous said...

You can make bread in the crockpot? This may change my life...

JBR said...

Might it be winter jasmine instead?

L. said...

Your weekend sounds both productive and so, so yummy!

Gretchen said...

A - yes, crockpot bread. I'll post pics and insights soon. So yummy.

JBR - does look like winter jasmine, but cut it myself from my forsythia shrub, so pretty sure. Any blooms this time of year are most welcome. Thank you for the good idea for a garden addition!

L - productive and yummy. Best combination.

Emily Battle said...

Hi there,
Some of your local readers suggested I recruit you to be featured in a "Home Cook" interview on the food blog I've started on Fredericksburg.com. It's a fun e-mail survey on cooking habits, favorite recipe sources, etc. If you're up for it, you can check out the feature and download the survey here: http://blogs.fredericksburg.com/frontburner/2011/02/23/134/
I enjoy your posts and, and the stock box is a great idea!
Emily Battle