Dark Days Guilt

(It’s not that I’m not making an effort to eat/cook locally … it’s that the effort to photograph and download is just breaking me.  I think my laptop is on its last gasp, because now it’s not recognizing my camera.  Boo!)

Last week we ate a local whole roasted chicken.  Have you heard of “air chilled” ?  The idea is that while it’s being processed it is chilled in a cold room rather than being dunked in water.  The result is that it is much fuller flavor.  We ate this with mixed salad greens from the farmer’s market.  On a different night, we also had Frittata — with local sausage, eggs, spinach, potatoes, but not local cheese.  (Can you tell I’m overcompensating — Jewish guilt for not posting enough)

However, much more exciting this week…I transplanted approximately 30 onion seedlings into the ground.  I suddenly felt like Octo-mom — I had to give each one a chance.    I also transplanted three sunflower seeds into the ground.  In case anyone is keeping track, out of the 8 sunflower seeds I started indoors, all 8 sprouted.

And last but not least, J. and I planted a Washington Naval Orange tree.  It is beautiful and already smells divine.  I think the next step is to buy another citrus and get it into the ground for cross polination. 

My back and legs were a little sore after this manual labor.  Since I quit the Gym, my plan is for steady yard work to make up the difference.

UPDATE: Here are the photos — a little (a lot) late.



  1. January 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

    […] cooked an air-chilled chicken and added a salad of mixed greens. (It involves processing the bird in a chilled room, rather than […]

  2. Gretchen said,

    January 13, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing that amazing garden! I’ll have to take notes on how you grew seedlings, etc. I just got my first seed catalog and I think my eyes are bigger than my garden, so will have to make wise choices.

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