This is an unflattering photo of last night's dinner, which was inspired by today's harvest, and was amazing.
Jonathan made meatballs with the last of the bartered venison, which he served over wild rice, and this was all made so that we could better enjoy green tomato chutney. Really I could just eat green tomato chutney straight. And we are still getting cucumbers, although they are definatley winding down. Tahini dressing with preserved lemons.
Here is today's harvest. These are the green tomatoes that inspired Jonathan to make chutney.
We have been letting all of the green beans that aren't Noreasters dry to shelling beans, and yesterday, right before the rain started, Jonathan harvested them all. We have about 4 pounds in the shells.
Growing drying and shelling beans is a lovely activity and it always makes me think about how can it be possible that dry beans are one of the cheapest foods you can buy? How is this done?
Last spring we planted so many Noreasters. I can never normally get enough of them. We staggered out plantings so that we could have them through out the late summer into the fall. I tended them all summer with feelings of anticipation. I imagined canning dilly beans with friends, eating them every night, steamed, sauteed, in eggs in the morning. Then just as they were ripening I got pregnant. The first time Jonathan cooked them I realized something was wrong, but tried to be polite. But the initial distaste turned into full on revulsion. The smell, the taste, and now the sight of them make me so nausous. I waited so long for this season, and now this!
Jonathan has been trying to harvest them and blanche them and freeze them when I'm out of the house. Yesterday he did it while I was gone, poured out the blanching water, washed the pot, opened the windows, turned on the fan and had all of the beans in the freezer by the time I came home. The second thing out of my mouth upon entering that house was "what is that terrible smell?"
Hopefully in a couple of months we can enjoy them out of the freezer and the jars... I'm told this doesn't last forever.