Friday, July 4, 2014

The Evening Harvest



The evening harvest is one of my favourite times of the day. With a cup of tea in hand, I slowly walk around the yard checking in on the gardens, and harvesting, a little bit here and a little bit there, for our dinner. Last night Swiss chard, kale, salad greens, dill, parsley, and chives, along with some eggs from our hens, made the little trip from garden to kitchen, and then to our plates for dinner.

For me, this evening harvest is a simple pleasure tucked into my day at the perfect time. But really, it isn't all that simple. From the plans manifested during the dark, cold winter months, the seed ordering and planting, the tending and nurturing, and then finally, the food making its way inside to the table. When I think back, the whole process is anything but simple, but it is a pleasure, and one that fills me with great joy.

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Happy 4th of July to all my American friends. Enjoy your celebrations.

33 comments:

  1. That looks delicious. Have a great week-end Kim! xo

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  2. Oh my that looks delicious!

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  3. That looks delicious.
    You are quite right - it's anything but simple! but yes it is such a great pleasure to harvest dinner from the garden. I was hoping to do the same for lunch today but the hens haven't been very co-operative this morning - picked some kale anyhow for pizza tonight.
    Do I remember seeing a kale chips recipe on your blog? I'm new to this vegetable as it doesn't seem to 'exist' here in France (I bought some seeds in the UK) so I'm looking for tried and tested recipes. (The kids love it in smoothies)
    Happy 4th of July to you.

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    1. Thank you. Sorry about your hens, ours have been slowing down a bit lately too, the heat and humidity do that here. Kale for pizza sounds good though :)

      Yes, you did see a recipe, here it is http://www.motheringwithmindfulness.com/2012/07/kale-chips.html And if you don't have a dehydrator my friend Maggie has recipe done in the oven. Enjoy!

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    2. Sorry here is Maggie's recipe http://www.sheletthemeatcake.com/2010/07/summer-holidays-with-gluten-free-dairy-free-kids-kale-chips-too/#.T_9gf_V9Fgw

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  4. I love how you capture the now moment in your days :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Karen, that means a lot that you would notice and say that. It is always my intention to be present in the moment, and to know it is coming through in this space makes me so very happy.

      You too, my friend. Happy 4th of July!

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  5. One of the highlights of my day is a stroll through the garden to plan supper. This looks scrumptious!

    Thank you for visiting my moment earlier! http://robinfollette.com/banding-canada-geese-2/

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    1. It is wonderful, isn't it? It was delicious, and you can bet it will be a regular rotation in our meal plan this summer :)

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  6. That meal looks absolutely divine! My mouth is watering!

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    1. It was. Wish I could have had you over for dinner :) Enjoy your weekend.

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  7. That looks so delicious! Have a great weekend.

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  8. it really does look amazing... we had the kids' favourite tonight... pasta and cheese... have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks! That sounds good too, hope you enjoyed it :)

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  9. What a beautiful meal. So connected from start to finish. :)

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  10. Looks a lot like our bounty. ; )
    Have a great rest of your weekend!
    XO

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  11. Looks delicious, and very much your reward for all that hard work out there.

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    1. Thanks, and yes, a reward I can get use to :)

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  12. That looks delicious. I understand where you are coming from. I was pollinating my squash blossoms with a paintbrush today because of a lack of bees. No, it's not always simple, but yet it's always worth it.

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    1. Thanks, it was :) Oh I can just see you out there with your paintbrush. I am hoping I won't have to do that, we have had a lot of bees around, so fingers crossed they keep doing what they are suppose to be doing.

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  13. Beautiful! Good thing all of that planning and thinking result in such simple daily pleasure for those few summer months. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Sara, and yes, it is a good thing :) Now if only it was longer than a few months....

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  14. You're right Kim! There is a lot of planning and work that goes into this, but it is the best feeling to collect your own eggs and pick your own veggies and then to create a beautiful meal with them. This meal of yours looks delicious! xxoo

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    1. It is Julie, a feeling that really is indescribable. Thank you. xo

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