Hubby and I have been jobbing today besides mowing, errands and other chores. He brought me 4 new squash just as I had shredded 20 cups for squash bread to lay in the freezer for winter. I don't know about ya'll but, our old farm house just makes summer baking marathon sessions darn near impossible. Aren't these beauties?
I have been saving some seeds from these lovelies for next year and am thinking maybe I should run another giveaway for my followers. The squash are heirloom and will grow next summer quite nicely. This week; I am going to try sauteeing a few squash stalks and simmering some leaves; yes these can be eaten if cleaned properly.
You can also eat the leaves of your broccoli plants as well. Quite tasty and much milder than the actual heads of broccoli.
And don't forget to roast extra seeds for snacks. Get this; I love the taste of fresh shredded squash for a lite salad just add your favorite dressing or in my case; extra virgin olive oil and roasted seeds. YUM YUM
Here is our first batch of okra these will be dried for seed; the larger pods. The smallish pods, I will be slicing this up for some gumbo and other cajun dishes this fall. Did you know okra leaves can also be consumed as greens? Also the seeds can be roasted, ground and used as a coffee substitute which, after seeing the cost of a 36 ounce can of regular roast of Folgers is running near $11. This will be the next thing I will be trying plus growing chicory.
Cubby Bear just wanted to show off a little; I thought ya'll wouldn't mind. My next experiment will be shredding some green tomatoes for breads and of course Fried Green Tomatoes.
Oh yeah on another note; we will be harvesting some mesquite bean pods for flour; I still owe Mrs. Barbara over at
3 Acreshomestead a lb from my 500th blog post giveaway last year. Seems our trees took a year off from fruiting; I was quite surprised to see them loaded with pods due to our extreme drought.
So what have ya'll been doing in your gardens?