Saturday, August 4, 2007

Happiness is...

First sunflower of the year.

Pole beans and a blue sky.

Ripening blueberries... in my yard.

Garden friends.

Going out to your garden, collecting food, bringing it back in, feeding your family an amazing meal with it.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Start with a half head of garlic and an onion saute'd in peanut oil until slightly clear.

Then pick/wash/top whatever veggies you have. Yesterday it was purple beans, the last of the pod peas, and a crookneck squash. Saute' these until almost done (done as you like). Add in 2 1/2 cups of short grain brown rice (cooked and cooled). Mix in 2 Tbs of mayo, (strange but true) a splash of soy sauce, and a scrambled (beforehand) egg.

So good!

Off-hand note:
The other day I made this with broccoli, zucchini, and snow peas from our CSA, a bunch of beans, Swiss chard, crook neck squash, and carrots from the garden. I saute'd the veggies in butter (after cooking the onion and garlic) instead with a handful of oregano, three leaves of fresh sage, and a bit of rosemary from the herb garden. Then added the rice mixed with a small jar of medium salsa. That time I topped it with Cheddar cheese and put it in the oven to broil. Even dh liked that one (he picked around the squash, but ate the chard along with all the other veggies. I felt triumphant!).

This has a million and one possible creations listed all over it. And it is GOOD... like 'have a bowl and you've eaten a good meal along with all your vegetables' good.

Awwww... happiness doesn't always come in the form of food... but sometimes even just looking at it makes me happy.



Katie said...

Beautiful happy pictures, and thanks for the delicious recipe!
Isn't summer wonderful?

Val in the Rose Garden said...

So wonderful! How is it shaping up in your garden? You need a new camera, but I need pictures lady! Oh and I found this for you: (from my friend Lauren)

I thought this was SO cool!


Brie said...

You are such an inspiration! Beautiful=)

Katie said...

Val, that bag is awesome, I think i should knit one for you one for me :)
Funny that you show me that because we are trying to switch over to reusable bags (non-plastic) for grocery shopping....

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