Bread, From Seed

“Our bread doesn’t shine like that,” said Cordelia. “That is the pity of it,” said the peasant woman.  “What makes yours shine?” asked Cordelia. “The sun in the wheat,” said the peasant woman.  -The Shining Loaf by Isabel Wyatt In January this year I planted four kinds of hulless barley, the kind that is easiest…

Pumpkin and Broccoli Casserole

The dreamy blue-skied spring weather,  so warm it is almost hot, has called forth the flowers of all kinds.  There is a narrow definition of flower in our minds,  the colorful,  the beautiful,  the many-petaled ones,  but there are so many more, such as the scaly dimorphous cone flowers of the pines, or the catkins…

Wild Persimmon Tartlettes

    The wild persimmons are ripe, hanging from the fall-tattered branches like small ornaments.  Wild persimmons are, at best, a gamble.  They are rather like how my brother’s girlfriend once described my mother’s cooking – either really good, or really bad.  It all depends on the particular tree. Some trees bear fruit that will…

Straight-From-The-Garden Ketchup

The Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes held on longer than most of the other garden plants, but we have gleaned a last harvest from them now, too.  They are small and very sweet and flavorful, and grow in dripping clusters.  I grow them every year, whether I plant them or not – they are always coming…

Southern Fried Okra (and Luffa Gourd)

Okra is a favorite vegetable around here, so I always try to grow it every summer. It’s not difficult to grow, but I find it to be the ninja of gardening.  Everyone says okra is easy to grow, and I would agree, but no one mentions what a pain it is to harvest! If I…

All-Raw Ice Cream Season

The every day summer rains have been hard on the garden, but the pastures are lush and green.  The hay season is over, and the cows knew it as they watched us in a huddle around the empty hay ring as we set up moveable electric fencing for the week’s grazing.  Loud mooings, some plaintive,…

Fried Chicken (and a little romance)

  This is not a new recipe, but one I’ve made for a long time.  I first came up with it after I began to eat meat again after several years of being strict vegetarian, and then vegan.  My years of plant-based diet had started to cause some health problems for me, and I felt…

Frozen Vanilla Cream With Wild Blackberry Jam Swirls

    The blackberries for this recipe were hard-won, and there was quite an adventure in procuring them. We used to have lots of blackberries around the pasture. Actually, the pastures were mostly blackberries (Ethan wanted to call it “Poky Pastures Farm”), but between applying dolomite and the rotational grazing, the grass sward has been…

Rainy Day Hot Chocolate

  We got more than six inches of rain last week, much of it in a single day.  I’ve never seen so much standing water around the farm for all day like that.  We’ve gotten summer rain storms that make a creek of the dirt path to the milking area, but on Tuesday it just…

Wild Plum Harvest

This is the time when the wild plums are dripping from the branches.  They are tart, glowing and fragrant.  Some trees bear large fruits, some small.  Some are red and some are yellow.  It is interesting to taste each tree’s offering, getting a different mix of sweet, tart, and bitter plum flavor with each one. …

Summer Squash On The Grill

    Summer squash can be a pain to grow in Florida, between the bugs and the mildew, but it is so good!  Grilled with a light, herb rub, this made a special summer supper, and would be an excellent accompaniment to hamburgers, BBQ, or pulled pork.  The herb rub recipe makes more than you…

Biscuit-Crusted Mini Breakfast Pizzas

  These mini-pizzas delighted my children one morning, when everyone had had a long day the day before, and were all set to be grouchy and snappy that morning.  Instead they were so pleased with these little pizzas, they helped cut them out and season them, and even made runs to the garden and herb…