March 11, 2010 § 3 Comments
This post is in honor of my dear, dear friend Marit who is currently working in Cameroon where, apparently, they have a lot of root vegetables to eat.
Method 2??!! You exclaim. But, there was never a method 1! True, but only sort of. I consider my soup strategy to be a method of dealing with random root vegetables and therefore have moved to regard it as such and make this into method 2. All in favor?… Motion sustained. Now, moving on. The gradual appearance of buds on the pussy willows tells me that spring is tiptoeing in. However, at least in the Boston area any new little vegetable shoots know enough to keep their heads down for a while longer, and we’re not getting spring vegetables unless they’re shipped in from a distance. (Anyone noticed yet that I’m quite obsessed with the weather and the seasons? I think it’s a northerner thing – all the Norwegians and Minnesotans I know are similarly obsessed.) I imagine that when people grew most of their own food, and local food was simply the way of life, rather than an environmental/foodie movement, this time of year in Northern climates offered some of the most frustrating eating. The days are growing longer and warmer; the hope of new growth is in the air; but nothing is growing yet so we’re scraping the bottoms of our barrels and grubbing the root cellars to find the last of the storage vegetables to cook up.