Summer Supper

Solstice is upon us and it is actually not a favorite time for me. Yes I am in love with the weather and the simplicity of the summer days and nights, but I can’t help but be a glass-is-half-empty kind of gal when I think about how our daylight is gradually lessening now.  At the back of my mind is the knowledge of the longest season creeping closer and nudging this simple time of year away.  It’s an almost sinister feeling.  Seems that I should be embracing our gorgeous green season without feeling haunted.

Truly I don’t go around moping, and one of the favorite things that we do these days is plan meals and cook together.  We’re really enjoying in-season produce and late dinners on the back porch.  It’s such a pleasure to have SJ & Char to help brainstorm and put it all together in a leisurely manner as compared to the school-year calendar frenzied weeknight schedule.

Yesterday, after morning chores, we started out picking at our favorite strawberry field, owned by Clear Brook Farm, just enough to have for dessert and snacking.  In 10 minutes we had almost 3 pounds of sweet fruits, organically grown, embodying a June day in their warm little berry-selves. Our end of the day thunder-storm cooled things off, and following a tasty dish of quinoa & spicy shrimp, fresh greens and corn, the berries created my kind of night-cap over a homemade angel food cake.  You’re welcome to click on the captions to get the recipes on another page.

Today, after such a soaker, will be a great early-morning weeding in the garden.  I’m so excited!

Please!  Could we just keep it like this all year-long?!

Duck egg whites whipped for homemade angel food cake - they're twice the volume of regular egg whites!

Duck egg whites whipped for homemade angel food cake – they’re twice the volume of regular egg whites!

Kitchen sisters

Kitchen sisters

SJ adds scallions, cayenne, S & P to some shrimp and a bit of olive oil

SJ adds scallions, cayenne, S & P to some shrimp and a bit of olive oil

Char ate half of the strawberries she put in the green salad - quality control , right?

Char ate half of the strawberries she put in the green salad – quality control , right?

Quinoa & Spicy Shrimp, green salad and corn

Quinoa & Spicy Shrimp, green salad and corn

3 responses to “Summer Supper

  1. It’s funny that you should mention your thoughts concerning the shortening of the days. Just last evening, as we were taking Mr. Darcy for his last walk of the day, Joanna mentioned her sadness at the same! Fear not ladies … there is plenty of summer yet to come, the equinox isn’t until nearly October. And, by the way, I take great exception with your characterization of summer days and nights as ‘simple.’ Yikes. Even the dinner preparation documented above was anything but simple! And finally, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Joanna and I are in total and absolute agreement that the Quinoa and Spicy Shrimp dinner looks (and I’m sure tasted) absolutely fabulous. Scrumptious. Beautiful … I’m having a Pavlovian Response even as I type these words. Where in the world did you get the corn at this time of year? Anyway … great post telling of a not-so-simple yet satisfying time of year. D

    • Well, my head feels simpler than during the school calendar, that’s what makes tasks such as farming and cooking feel simple! And you will NOT be sorry to try that recipe. It’s better the next day, cold – wow! I’m so happy to hear I am in such good company. I feel guilty to complain about the end of the lengthening of days! So Joanna & I are really kindred spirits!
      Who is Mr. Darcy – your pup? I can’t believe you guys have a pet named Mr. Darcy! We have two lambs named Darcy & Bingley – we tried not to name the boys because it’s harder to part with them, but we went and named them! Now I suspect that Joanna & I are both Jane Austen fans, also..
      Do convey that I mean to contact her re:the weaving project.
      I cheated on the corn – we bought it at the market and it was NOT local. I believe it was from Florida, and it was actually tasty. We took a huge chance buying it. But we thought that if it was awful to us, we knew the chickens would love it.
      Thanks for the stop-by and the great comments!

  2. We used to have a Billy Goat named Willoughby! We have read all of Austin’s stuff and have most of it on DVDs which we watch over and over and over again. In my next life I’m coming back as Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy! D

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