Austin Urban Gardens

Raised Bed Gardening and Eating Well in Austin, Texas

No Grocery Store, Day 159 June 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — austinurbangardens @ 10:14 pm

Interesting day.  It thunderstormed starting around 2:3o a.m.?  Not sure, but I know I’ve been awake way too long.  When I got up it was dark, and dreary and cool, and I was so happy for a reprieve from the heat.  Immediately, I craved soup, for some reason.  No soup was available for breakfast, so I skipped it and headed downtown.   My need for soup had not abated by lunch, and I knew I had nothing to make it at that moment, so I picked up some to-go chicken soup from Taco Deli.  Their tacos rock.  Their soup does not.  No lunch.  I had the previously thawed Richardson Farm’s chicken, so I seasoned it up and stuck in the oven.  An hour and half later, it was almost time for the Triangle Farmer’s Market.  I met some friends there, but many of the vendors had foregone the potential for rain, so we didn’t stay.  I got peaches, raspberries and basil.  I came home, and made a ton of pesto, because I feel unhappy without a supply in my freezer.  I deboned the cooked chicken, and put the skin, bones and such in a pot with garden herbs, garlic, onions, salt, pepper, and a touch of red pepper.  I then set out to clean the house.  After the stock had cooked for several hours, I tasted it and found myself transported to magical soup land.  So, I strained some broth off, added back some cooked chicken, Lowell Farms rice, chopped jalapenos, onions and tomatoes from my garden and let it simmer for a while.  That turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve had all year.  Perhaps, just because I wanted soup.  I’ll never know exactly why, but I don’t care.  And I still have most of the cooked chicken and tons of broth leftover.

I got home from the Farmer’s Market with peaches and raspberries.  On the drive home, I was concocting recipes to make the best of these fruits of the season.  Sauces for tenderloins, sorbetto’s,  and all kinds of ideas.  I don’t eat jam so that doesn’t make sense for me.  For one, I don’t have local sugar, so that rules lots of things out.  On the other hand, once I had nibbled on some of each, I realized they are all best off just naked and fresh, just God intended them to be.

So, in conclusion, complicated isn’t always better.


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