I have tried, unsuccessfully, to have a garden at least every other summer for the last 8 years. Finally this year, I threw in the towel and didn’t even bother planting one tomato plant.
I found a good local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and signed up for a share. Every Saturday, we pick up our share of organic vegetables, fruit and herbs. Here’s the bounty for this week:I love the CSA—we get ours from Huckleberry Hill farm in Alabama. It's best (for me) to cook up something right away on Saturday, so that we have leftovers to eat all week. With the okra and the field peas, a gumbo with a tomato base sounded good.
*best to simmer the field peas on their own for a good 20 minutes
In true gumbo tradition, I added file' powder after it was cooked, right before serving. File' powder is made from Sassafras and is used as a thickening agent. According to Joy of Cooking (1975 Version) File' powder is a carcinogen. Does anyone know if this is true?
In other exciting news—guess who got his motorcycle learner’s permit?