Monday, December 20, 2010

December 2010 Weekend Update


A peek at what the Remington garden is looking like at this time of the year. I think our hose must have frozen and exploded at some point, because everything around the water faucet was covered in icicles. Darn.


One of the garden plot owners mulched with straw. I think they may have planted onions or garlic. I was not so proactive and didn't mulch. I think it just means that the ground will stay cool a bit longer in spring, but I'm wondering if I get some row covers, the ground may heat up more quickly.


Speaking of frozen ground, I grabbed the last three carrots out of the soil. Next year maybe I will grow lots more carrots and start a root cellar! Add that on to the list of projects I want to do.


Remember just a few weeks ago when I posted a few photos of indoor plant propagation? We've got roots! I planted the above plant in soil, and you can see the beginnings of the spider plant roots below. So easy!


Also: VENISON STOCK.


I roasted the bones for 40 minutes at 400 degrees to get them nice and browned.


Then I added about three small onions, three small carrots, two bay leaves, and a handful of black peppercorns. Many of the recipes I read recommend that you add the vegetables and salt during the last hour or so of cooking, not before.

At the end of the cooking time, I also added Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and some sea salt. Can I get some props for the fact that I set my alarm to strain and cool the stock at 1 a.m.?


Everything is now cooling out on the back porch. The deer fat congealed by morning and needs to be strained off. It's a very waxy texture and isn't much good for anything. But the stock sure looks great!

I'm hoping to make some French onion soup with the stock and sourdough croutons as part of a Winter Solstice dinner. Some nettle tea as a beverage and ginger cookies with plum jam are also potentials for the menu.

Anyone have any exciting lunar eclipse or solstice plans?

1 comment:

bittersweetblog said...

Wow, so jealous of your harvest- We weren't able to successfully grow carrots even when it was perfectly warm during the summer, in the best of conditions!

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