Friday, January 7, 2011
This week's Garden to Table Challenge post comes from the freezer section - pretty weak you're thinking, but ho ho! I felt a good bit of pride while picking through a few ziploc bags on a search for frozen goodies to eat. See the kid with the pre-breakfast lollipop, coonskin cap and princess nightgown? She's helping me make some steel-cut Irish oatmeal for breakfast.
After 25 minutes of pot-watching, the kids ended up with bowls of hearty and delicious lightly sweetened oatmeal topped with cream and sugared strawberries.
I had my oatmeal topped with Swedish pearl sugar (an IKEA purchase) and lingonberries from the two little plants I put in this year. It's probably due to the lean environment in the Greenish Thumb garden, but the plants did not produce many berries. In fact, they were pretty much harvested a berry at a time. I collected them in freezer berry-by-berry knowing I'd be able to enjoy them one day. The lingonberries are fantastic. They're like a really flavorful and pretty cranberry (and don't require a bog to grow in!). They plants are small and not too fussy. I put them in the border of my perennial garden - near the front door so I wouldn't forget about them.
Meemsnyc gets a letter for "potatoes" in her last post that she linked to the GTTC (see the rules in the link up top if you're confused). Someone needs to provide her some competition!