We’re still mad for summer vegetables, but these tiny beet seedlings in the greenhouse also have us daydreaming about early fall.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
We’ve been on a lacto-fermentation kick here in the Frog Bottom kitchen – lately, with vegetables. Famous lacto-fermented foods include yogurt, sourdough, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Lacto-fermented vegetables use a simple brine of water and salt (and sometimes whey) – no vinegar – to encourage good bacteria to preserve the food. We may write more about this at some point, so for now I’ll just say I love how fast and easy this is! A few minutes chopping, a few minutes stuffing a jar, and then just a few days of waiting for all that good bacteria to do its work. No giant pots of boiling water, no hours at the stove – the salsa you see below took me about 20 minutes to prepare, and that was mainly because of all the chopping. Cucumber pickles and okra pickles each took under 10 minutes. Read a bit more, and find the salsa recipe we used, at Lacto-Fermentation: an Easier, Healthier, and More Sustainable Way to Preserve.
Check out this fun infographic on home gardening!
Tired of pesto and Caprese salads? Wait — not possible. But, we think you should try these basil cookies anyway.
Here are five awesome tomato soup recipes. Make ‘em now or freeze some of the incredible tomato bounty and try them when the first fall chill creeps in.
(Did you know freezing tomatoes can be as simple as waiting until they’re dead ripe and then throwing them whole into a Ziploc bag and stashing them in the freezer? A quick blanching/peeling/seeding will make them a bit easier to work with come thawing time, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, seriously, just throw them into the freezer whole.)
From the pen and kitchen of the ever-reliable Mark Bittman: 101 Simple Salads for the Season. More fantastic and fast summer fare!
Umm, how fun does Lucky Peach look? It’s a new food journal published by the McSweeney’s folks. Have a look here.
And finally, we loved this essay about processing peaches and the way the long slog through a bushel of seconds can be a kind of meditation.
More to come later in the week! We’ve heard from a number of you that you need some help with okra, and with the mad bounty of eggplant, so that’s where we’ll start.
Weekend Links is a regular feature here on the farm blog: a weekly(ish) list of articles, recipes, and other resources that have been inspiring and amusing us of late. A tasty smorgasbord for brain and belly!