Yesterday when a stray beam of sunshine came through my window in the late afternoon, it was the first direct sunlight I’d seen in four days. Today is turning out much like the day before yesterday, unremittingly grey and on and off showers, mostly a mist so heavy it looks like rain. As you can see.
I have been making myself go out every day regardless, bike rides, walks or grocery errands. I am slowly getting a feel for our neighborhood, but mostly I must admit, I’m getting a feel for the farmer’s market, and trying to take advantage of the over abundance of certain fruits and vegetables. Right now those are mainly tomatoes, peaches, zucchini and eggplants. Tomatoes I have been turning into sauce. Peaches have been sliced and frozen. Zucchini and eggplant I’m less sure what to do with. How exactly does one preserve the wonderful goodness of these two vegetables which I tend to find rather boring?
That is not to say I’ve been shirking my vegetable consumption duty. We’ve been eating plenty of zucchini (stuffed w/ quinoa-corn-squash filling) and eggplant (roasted w/ rosemary and balsamic vinegar). But I’m much less motivated to preserve those two veggies than others. Especially when I have access to tomatillos!
I saw them Sunday a week ago, noted their existence and passed on. The next day it dawned on me that I what I should have done was purchased two pounds and made salsa. So I purchased the other necessary ingredients for that salsa (jalapenos, limes, extra onion, garlic, cilantro) and waited for the Thursday market. No luck. My tomatillo vendor did not come! So with bated breath I awaited Sunday, and indeed, he did return! So Sunday’s rain was spent husking and chopping and dicing and cooking. Et voila! Canned sunshine, for use at some future moment (like Monday night’s enchiladas).
It’s not always bad to be stuck inside…