Tom is hunting, and I am left to look after the farm. So I am making a Staycation of it. I have been bathing each day with my homemade bath bombs. I have been reading (Tibetan Peach Zooey’s by Tom Robbins). I have been enjoying fiber arts: knitting, weaving and spinning. I have been watching football as well as binging on British Antiques Roadshow. Plus I have been cooking.
Tom is not a fan of vegetables. But this time of year our freezer is almost empty of meat, and there are vegetables in the garden. So I am taking advantage of his absence and trying out vegetable recipes.
The first one was an Avocado Caesar dressing.
It is less garlicky but more anchovyy than my usual dressing but a nice change. Here is one of the salads I made with it.
For the next meal, I made a crust less quiche. This used some of our abundant eggs plus was yummy with our green beans on the side.
The next day I made a Pumpkin Soup with Coconut and Meatballs. I found this recipe when I was tivoing Sweden before my trip. It does not seem very Scandinavian but was incredibly delicious and unique. Plus I got to use our pumpkin and apples.
Since I am scheduled to work on Halloween this year, I decided I will celebrate early this year. So I got some decorations and candy ready during the Staycation.
On Saturday I picked up my Salmon share from Drifters Fish.
I decided for dinner to make one of my favorite recipes: Salmon Pesto. Our basil production this year was not great. So I decided to make mint pesto for this. I considered nettle pesto but decided the mint leaves were in better shape this time of year. Here is my salmon pesto all cooked up.
On Sunday, I decided to use some of our beets to make a Beet and Goat Cheese Salad recipe that had been in my local newspaper. I had been eating the beets raw in salad like carrots but now realize that I should have been cooking them first.
Here is the really yummy salad.
For dinner I wanted to make Crispy Smashed Root Vegetables. This used our carrots, turnips and thyme.
I baked one of our last pork steaks to go with it. So yummy!
On Tuesday I made Roman Egg Drop Soup for dinner. This was easy to make and taste like onions and Parmesan. What is there not to love?
Wednesday night I made Grilled Peppers with Eggs. It took me a while to get the grill going as Tom always manages the grill. So it was a late but tasty dinner.
Nice to hang out by the grill on a cold evening. This gave me ideas of making mini grilled pizza in peppers too.
I also made more bath bombs. I tried using my soap molds. I had tried this before and it was a fail. But this time it mostly worked. The only issues were the breaking of the necks on the ducks and the dragons
Thursday I went to Anacortes. The reason was to see the Downton Abbey movie. But it was a gorgeous day. I went to Washington Park to a spot that was special to a wonderful nurse.
I enjoyed the movie and the views on the way home.
Then I made Italian-Style Fish Stew for dinner. I skipped the clams as I am not a fan.
This is mildly spicy and quite yummy.
Tonight I am making 15 bean soup with a ham hock. Tom is coming home. I had a nice staycation but it will be nicer to have my normal life back. But I have lots of frozen leftovers to tide me over this winter.
Donna, you’ve been eating like a queen! Great looking food!
How did you like the Downton Abbey movie? Was it a lot like the TV series?
I have been eating well. I liked the movie. All of the cast was there which was nice. The plot was a little predictable but the scenery was gorgeous.
Oh my goodness. We spent the first day of our honeymoon in Anacortes. It’s absolutely beautiful, really, the whole state of Washington is. I don’t remember where we ate that day but do remember that I had crab mac n cheese, which was delicious.
Anacortes is pretty and especially on a sunny day. I love living here where there are almost always mountains, trees, fields and water in view.
Sounds like a lovely staycation!