Dark Days Fast Food and Semi Dud Beets

Sadly, the beet experiment was only half successful.  While the beet greens were tasty– we sauteed them with a little bit of red wine vinegar, the beets beneath never formed.  They were just a series of knotted long roots instead of bulbs.  I still don’t quite understand why. 

We’ve been pretty busy over here and on some nights only have 30 minutes between when I get home and J. leaves for rehearsal.  So, we’ve done a few local dark days fast food nights.  One night was pasta with “stir fry” strips of beef and pesto sauce — all farmer’s market.  Another night was spinach pasta with tomato, red onion, parsley (all farmer’s market) and some local italian sausage — from Costco, oddly enough.

Garden update: Today I transplanted 12 tomato seedlings into larger containers.  We also now have 2 sprouts of the chocolate peppers — so, they were not all duds as previously suspected.  Lastly, I planted one planter of Alaska Peas.  Going to need to pick up more dirt to fill up the othe planter next weekend.  I need to scavange some bamboo sticks to create support for these as the grow (which they hopefully will).



  1. Gretchen said,

    February 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Where did you plant the tomatoes? In the milk cartons?

  2. almostima said,

    February 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

    4 in the juice cartons, 2 in old salsa containers, and 6 in seedling containers I reused for other plants. The fun part was drilling holes in the bottom of the containers for drainage!

  3. February 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    […] at Almostima’s Blog, they’re specializing in fast food Dark Days meals these days, including quick-cooked strips of beef tossed with pasta and pesto and local sausage […]

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