I love snow storms, just not in March when I’m READY for Spring. But alas, a snow storm is what we got in Virginia today. And since I always turn to food to get me through the hard times, I decided to make a nice garden vegetable soup to make myself feel better.
Last summer, I canned some of my tomatoes, but I also froze some. Then promptly forgot I did that. The result is that it’s March, and I have a few quarts of garden tomatoes in my freezer. Oh happy day! So I took those out this morning, and did a little more scrounging in the freezer. I produced some green beans and basil from the garden, along with some of my venison stock. The other day we harvested the last of our winter turnips, thus rounding out the homegrown vegetables. I had a cabbage and some organic carrots from the Maple Avenue Market, and some chicory that I picked up on a whim recently. All that spelled stew to me!
I just love concocting wonderful things to stuff inside beautiful cuts of meat. I do it with venison all the time (like stuffing venison with mashed turnips or mashed pumpkin). A few months ago I got a gorgeous local duck breast from The Organic Butcher in McLean, which has sense been sitting in my freezer waiting for a special occasion (or really just a free Saturday night when I had the time to make a fancy dinner). This weekend presented the opportunity. The fact that it’s Valentine’s Day weekend is purely coincidental.Especially since we don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day, but that’s another post.
I have to admit that I was not very excited about this meal. I’ve been thinking for a week about what I wanted to make for this one-pot meal challenge and nothing sounded good. A stew or chili seemed the most obvious (at least easiest) choice, but 1) I haven’t been in the mood and 2) I wanted to do something more exciting.
Well, here we are on Sunday, my big dark days cooking day and I had nothing. Add to that the fact that my back has been in spasm for a few days and I can’t stand for more than a few minutes without excruciating pain and, well, I thought I was just going to bypass the challenge entirely. And then it snowed a little and I was suddenly in the mood for a hearty stew.