We are now experiencing true autumn weather. Our week ended with a small flurry of snow giving a beautiful appearance to the grounds of Pepperfield.
David and I began our Monday as usual. After a quick visit to the hospital garden we spent some time in town running some errands. Afterwards, we returned to the farm and worked on cleaning the last of the green amaranth. Then I worked on getting a few items ready for dinner. Korbin dropped in for the evening and we spent time enjoying good food and each others company as we caught up. She brought a great gift of black trumpet mushrooms making the meal even more special. The next day I started my morning by organizing squash. We have an excessive amount, so I spent my time moving them to their final winter resting spots. David and I spent the rest of the morning picking volunteer squash from around the farm. Once we got done with that, we moved onto harvesting celeriac for winter storage. I worked on cutting off the tops, while David cleaned up the roots. This took a good portion of our morning and we took a quick lunch break just after. I left for work a few hours later and spent a slow night in town.
Wednesday I worked on getting some meals ready for the week and an upcoming dinner. I started my day by setting up a lamb braise on the wood stove. While it simmered away, I focused on preparing some items for dinner. I started by roasting red and white peppers for a roasted pepper topping. After that I moved onto making a pear pickle. Around mid-day, David discovered a massive hen of the wood mushroom growing up near the cabin so I took a quick break to help him harvest it. Our dinner guests arrived shortly after and I worked on a few finishing touches. The dinner involved five courses and started with a late garden salad. Then I presented corn and zucchini pancakes with roasted peppers, pear pickle, squash butter and caramelized zucchini. The next course was a Seminole squash risotto which was followed by braised beef over fettuccine. Dessert was raspberry sorbet with some almond cookies and acted as a great closer for a fun meal. The following day I worked on preparing the hen of the woods mushroom for drying. This took about an hour and once I finished that I helped David dig up cabbage roots for next years seed crop. Afterwards, I took off for work a few hours later for a decent night.
Friday, I focused on garden clean-up. I started by helping David dig and clean amaryllis bulbs. After that I pulled tobacco, pepper and rue plants that were done for the season. I managed to get a fence rolled up before I left for town too. We got slammed at the job with a huge push near the end after the football game got out. The day after, I worked on some more clean-up, this time inside. I focused on tidying up the kitchen and fridge before working on cutting up squash for the goats. Then I setup some braised cabbage and left for the evening. Work was quite busy again with a huge night of business.
It seems that my Sundays are restful. After sleeping in, I stumbled out of bed. I helped David make a pie for a party we were going to and then whipped up a quick ice cream to go with it. David and I spent the day mostly in relaxation before heading to his daughter’s for the evening. There was lots of pie – sweet and savory – and great company, crafting a great ending to a busy week.
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