Friday, January 21, 2011
Parsnip Afternoon, Garnet Evening
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I add everything but the kitchen sink into my soups and today is no exception. I've added carrots, Swiss chard, green beans, and potato. My CSA delivery included parsnips so I also added those into the soup.
I have to admit I'd heard of parsnips before, but never tasted them, until today. I must have known about them in the past because I knew what they were just looking at them. They smelled wonderful when I cut them up, earthy and sweet. How could I have overlooked eating these root vegetables in the past. Even uncooked they had a great flavor. Sorry I didn't take a photo to show you. They look like a carrot only they are a pale tan color. I'm cooking all the vegetables with canned stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and lots of spices, like marjoram, crushed bay leaves, oregano, savory, thyme, and a liberal amount of red pepper flakes.
I took a walk in the yard while the soup was cooking in the crock pot and saw this lizard sunning himself by the garden shed. I clicked my tongue against the roof of my mouth and made a clicking sound, to mimic the sound lizards make. I was able to get real close with my camera and he didn't even move.
Here's the future vegetable garden we worked on yesterday. I learned the local landfill has compost so we'll get a pickup truck load tomorrow. Glad we didn't sell all our garden tools in the yard sale we had when we moved here.
Lichen and moss growing on the trunk of the palm tree.
The blossom of a native tree, not sure what type of tree it is.
A lone nest high in the liquid amber tree.
The tall obtrusive looking antenna gives us free TV, yes it's free. The antenna was here when we moved in. We had it adjusted and we get many channels for free. We don't have cable or satellite; it's great to be able to turn the old TV on occasionally.
Oh I almost forgot to tell you, I also cut up two small beets into the soup, and it turned out a rich red color, almost garnet. Boy the Garnet Soup was so delicious this evening. Comments are welcome.