Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?
I’m going to have some ice tea, I’ve already had my share of coffee for the day. It’s early Saturday evening in Sweden, we are nine hours ahead of Pacific time. How is your week? I went back to work this week, after a seven week long staycation. It has been a great first week at work. I got everything done that I intended to get done before the kids are back. That feels really good.
It’s been a warm week with highs in the low 80’s, and cool nights in the upper 30’s-low 40’s. Everything is growing. I harvest things in the garden every week, and fill up my freezer, and then I re-organise my freezer to fit some more goodies in 🙂 That also feels really good. Every little step towards self sufficiency counts. To me that is empowering.
This morning I was thinning out my Chinese radishes. A Chinese radish is a giant green radish that is bright pink on the inside. I usually plant a lot of them and thin them out as they grow. By late fall/early winter there is one or two GIANTS left. They still taste delicious after the first frost. I use the leaves that I take away when I thin them out, their deliciousness is a big reason why I plant so many. Did you know that the leaves contains more nutrients than the radishes themselves? They do, and they grow fast! I wash the greens in water, cut them in the size I prefer, and parboil the leaves I am not going to use right away, with a little bit of salt 1-2 minutes. After they cooled down I freeze them in flat little packages. I freeze them in the perfect size I would use to add extra flavour and goodness to one big soup, or stew. (Exactly the way I did with the Swiss chard a couple weeks ago.)
Health Benefits Of Radish Leaves
- 1. More Essential Vitamins And Minerals
- 2. High In Dietary Fibers
- 3. Increases Immunity And Reduces Fatigue
- 4. Diuretic
- 5. Antiscorbutic
- 6. Treats Piles
- 7. Treat Jaundice
- 8. Rheumatism
- 9. Helps Prevent Diabetes
- 10. Detoxifying Agent – stylecraze.com
I harvest celery greens weekly, and freeze them in a similar fashion, but without parboiling them. Among other nutrients celery leaves contains; Calcium, Vitamin E, and Iodine.
I’ve harvested zucchini for several weeks now, they keep coming, and show no signs of stopping for a long time (unless it gets really cold of course.) I cook and bake with them in many different ways, but my favourite way of preserving them at the moment is to sauté 1-2 zucchinis in olive oil, with 1 garlic, not one garlic clove, but one whole garlic! I add a little bit of a homemade salt with herbs in, that a young student and his mom made for me. There are many little packages of zucchini in my freezer. These are perfect to put in an omelette, a soup, stew, or pasta salad.
I have not harvested any bell-pepper yet, I’m waiting for them to get bigger. We are expecting a warm week, so maybe soon 🙂
For several weeks now I’ve been enjoying a mix of red currants, chia seed, and oats with cinnamon for breakfast. I’ve also baked bread with red currants in, yum yum. I picked the red currants at a neighbours place a few weeks ago. They are still in season. Yesterday when my daughter, and I were walking on our street, on our way home another neighbour was outside working. I always smile and say “Hej!” when I see this older gentleman and his wife. Yesterday he stopped me and asked if I was interested in some red currants. I said that I was, and he told me that they had one red currant bush that no-one was interested in picking, and that I could help myself to it if I wanted. There is a lot of berries on one bush! The weather is going to be a little cooler tomorrow 75F, and I am planning on picking the red currants then. I am so grateful! I feel like I am surrounded by kindness everywhere. I have never talked to this neighbour before, other than saying “Hej!” Now I am likely going to be able to enjoy my super breakfast all winter.
Red currants are packed with nutrients that are particularly beneficial for skin. Red currants in particular are rich in B vitamins and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights and even reverses free radical damage in skin cells. – pamperbynature.com.au
I have a long list of perennials I am going to plant once I purchase my own property (I am renting now,) both red and black currants are on that list….and once again, I’ve been talking so much! How are things in your corner of the world? Are you back from vacation? Staycation? Enjoying summer? Grab a refill on your coffee, or tea, and tell me in a comment! If you have a coffee share I’ll try to visit sometime tomorrow (my time.)