I’ve been on a vegetable jag lately. Curry and Chinese noodles and sauces and lots of vegetables. I went to the base commissary with a friend and was blown away at the quality of vegetables offered compared to what I find at Safeway, Fred Meyer and other ‘civilian’ outlets. I found some off-the-wall ingredients, too, especially in the Asian cooking section, like some rice seasonings that include seaweed. It never occurred to me that kind of thing would come packaged all-in-one, but since it did I bought it. Had rice and salmon the other night and didn’t use it, but maybe I’m waiting for a plain rice meal that needs to be spiced up. Speaking of curry, though, I made pita bread and, of course, I had to make some humus. My husband spent quite a bit of his growing up years in the middle east and corrects my pronunciation: It’s “Hoe-Moes,” says he with one eyebrow raised. Whatever. It’s ground-up garbanzos to me. With curry. A little avocado and tomato sliced or chunked into that pocket and plenty of beany garbanzo/chickpeas ground up into humus/homos or whatever you want to call it. Plain and simple, it’s yum.
I’ve been making smoothies, too – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, flax seed, pears, apples, whatever is in my fruit bowl. I haven’t ventured into the green drinks yet – whizzed kale? Hmm. That’ll take a little longer. For now I feel rather smug that I’ve added soy milk to my smoothies. I use the vanilla Soy Dream, and can’t even taste it. I used milk and it’s different, but with the soy milk all I taste is fruit. Yay for me; my daughter drinks it straight, but I’ll stick with the fruit disguise.
And, since it’s February, I ordered seeds. $150 worth, to be precise, and a some change. Lettuce and beans, tomatoes and cucumbers and squash, and radishes and potatoes – er, no potatoes yet. I’ll have to find them locally as what I wanted isn’t shipped to my area. Nonetheless, I’m undaunted and looking forward to little red jewels hanging off the vines in my greenhouse. Did I mention melons and squash? Just think of the melon smoothies that could be made straight from the garden – potent! And tonight it snowed. It figures. Plenty of time to dream, and plan the next terrace to be dug out of my yard to make room for the potatoes and gourd plants. Mainly, though, I need a fence to keep the moose out. Apparently my garden has been on the menu for quite some time, but I’m going to start practicing a little discrimination and hopefully send them on to the neighbors…
Ah, the lull between winter and spring. Is there anything that drags on longer?