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2/16/2001

Parsnips

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:30 am

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I made a soup last night of things from the garden. Mainly parsnips. I planted a bunch of them last year, but I’ve been eating them very slowly. They’ve been in the ground almost a full year now, and they keep getting better and better. The winter seems to have made them sweet, like a carrot naturally infused with honey. Since they’re so old, they’ve mighty large, and they’ve got a woody core running down them. I had to cut that out before slicing them into the pot. Along with the parsnips were some winter onions and chopped collard greens, all from the garden. Supplemented with mushrooms from the fridge and old peas and corn from the freezer, wetted with milk and cream, the soup was very tasty. It was a large pot, so there’s plenty of leftovers.

The first jonquil has bloomed in the yard. The grass is greening up, and it’s at that stage where there’s as many shades of green as you can imagine. All the plants are vying for control of the dirt. There’s the wildflowers, the grasses (many varieties), the weeds, and the mosses. Each has its own patch, and the patches together make the yard a carpet of greens, blues, and blueish-greens. It’ll be soon time to fire up the sourdough pancake powered lawnmower — it keeps the grass short enough to allow the flowers to poke through.

The peas went in as planned. I ran out of peas before I ran out of dirt, so I’ll need to get more. If all goes well, there will be many, many peas in a couple of months. Want some?

On a completely unrelated note, this weblog was declared to be the 500th site to be powered with Greysoft. I’ve only just begun to explore its potential, but I’m very, very impressed. Noah Grey has done a magnificent job with it.

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