Plant something – nothing
Harvest something – eggs, tomatoes, kohlrabi, zucchini, eggplant (!), pumpkins. The chickens are really slowing down with their eggs. In fact we had to buy some this past week. 😦 I harvested three of our eggplants. They were a bit on the small side, but I didn’t want to take the chance of them getting a frost without us even getting one. They were delicious. There are a few more still out there. We’re going to let them grow as long as the weather holds out.
Preserve something – dried more tomatoes on the dehydrator, froze some winter squash puree.
Waste Not – compost and recycling, scraps to chickens, etc.
Want Not – nothing.
Build Community Food Systems – started working up a plan for my neighbor’s garden. After six years of watching us, he’s announced that he’d like a space in his yard (next to our garden) where he’d like to grow corn and potatoes. He asked for help and we are HAPPY to give it! Yay!
Eat the Food – made a couple yummy things this week.
Orecchiette with Butternut Squash Cream Sauce
Cook 2 cups orecchiette pasta in salted water until al dente. In the mean time, saute 1/2 a diced onion in olive oil until soft. Add 1 tsp dried sage and saute until fragrant. Drain pasta reserving 2 TBS of the cooking water. Return the pasta to pot. Add the onions and 1/2 a butternut squash that has been roasted until tender and smashed slightly to the pot. Stir in reserved pasta water and about 1/4 cup half and half. When all is well combined stir in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Serves 2.
Double Chocolate Jalapeno Muffins (pictured above)
So I took the original recipe found here, and substituted three fresh jalapenos that had turned red (therefore a bit sweeter than the green ones). So delicious!
hey! thanks for joining in at citysistercountrysister!! You have some great stuff going on in your urban homestead. Good for you! Did you guys consider putting a light on for your chickens to keep egg production up during the short days? It is controversial for some (i.e it is against their natural cycle of not laying during the winter), but we do it. We just have a low watt lightbulb that goes on in the coop (using an extension cord) from say 4-8 pm. That is enough to keep their production up thru the winter. You can get auto timers pretty cheaply so that you don’t have to mess with the light everyday.