October 2004


The other day I came across a recipe for burdock stew. I have always wanted to try burdock and I knew where there was a plant growing wild – right beside my vegetable garden.
According to the information I found online, this late in the year is a little too late and the root becomes “woody”. ehhh… whatevah! So I went today and dug it up.
Holy what a job! But finally, the tap root came free. It does look woody, but I’m fearless! Well, not really, but I’m going to give this a go anyway. I think I’ll cook the burdock before starting the stew, just to soften it.
I wonder what I would do to make it more tender – salted water? I’ll have to check on that.

I’m almost finished digging my potatoes. There is just another half row or so of the white ones left. All the red, yellow and blue ones are out.

I was the only one at the gardens this morning. I wonder if that has anything to do with the cool weather and the drizzle ;) Only a few of the plots have been cleared out – many have been abandoned and the ground is littered with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash… it is an sad and eerie sight.

Well, I am cold, wet and muddy. I’m going to find some dry clothes and get to work on all that food from the garden.

My list is almost complete. On the first run, I had more than 101 things, so I switched out some things that were not as important to make room for items that were more important to me. There are still some items that I could give up (like going to a ballet) if I get a better idea. So, I may change some things as time goes on.

Making the list was a lot easier than I expected. This means either 1) I know myself well and I keep a full inventory of goals at all times or 2) I am seriously unfufilled and there is so much left undone. Yeah… I’ll let you decide which is the more acurate answer ;)

I’m officially making Oct 24, 2004 my start date. Which makes my end-date July 22, 2007.

I pulled all the leeks the other day. I planted about 150 and only used a few before now, so I guess I have close to 135 or so. I’m disappointed with how small most of them are, but they are delicious in that earthy-onion way.

Note for next season: plant seeds early in pots like this time, but get them in the ground earlier. The seedlings went into the ground quite late (mid June? I’ll have to check my notes) and lost some growing time. Also, heap the soil more for more white and less green.

Since I don’t have anywhere to store leeks for any length of time, I decided to make them all into soup, so I dug up a bag of potatoes too, and today, I got to work in the kitchen. The white potatoes were really starchy and even foamed as they cooked. They are really good potatoes though. The shape and skin is good for peeling and the flesh is pure white.

The result is 8L of soup in the freezer in 1L portions, and a bag of leeks left over. Guess I’ll be making more soup soon!

Potato Leek Soup
2c chopped potato
2c finely chopped leek
4c vegetable broth
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c heavy cream
salt and pepper

Put potato, leek and broth in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 min.
Remove from heat and puree with a hand blender until smooth.
Stir in nutmeg, cream and seasonings. Heat through.

Serves 6
Source: unknown. Sometime, ages ago, I wrote this recipe on a recipe card and put it in the box. I have no recollection of where it came from originally though.
Personal Notes: There seems to be some kind of synergy with the leeks and the ground pepper, making a tiny bit of pepper go a very long way. So go easy with the pepper.

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