Dark Days January End

Where did January go? We are down to less than 2 weeks left to finish this book and I’m quite honestly having a hard time cooking. In fact, some days I realize at dinnertime that I forgot to brush my teeth after breakfast. It’s been a wee bit hectic here! And probably stinky.

I’ve been relying on sandwiches and luckily there is a lot of food in the pantry and freezer to pull from when throwing them together.


Great Rueben – Bad Picture

We smoked pastrami from our Prairie Springs Ranch cow and paired it with special sauce, rye bread and some of Charlotte’s saurkraut from last spring with a lacto-fermented pickle side. I love how fermenting makes food last for, oh, ever. How can cabbage from last spring still be good? Amazing.


This salsa? I fermented it in September. These tomatoes still taste like fresh tomatoes. And they have been sitting in my refrigerator for nearly five months. Even the cilantro in there is still good. I’m thinking lacto-fermenting is the new mummy. Or maybe whey is the new botox. I wouldn’t be surprised if Joan Rivers has some whey in her face somewhere.

Another night another sandwich. This one home cured bacon from the pig formerly known as “The Mean One Who Tried to Kill Andrea,” or TMOWTTKA for short. On homemade spelt bread this time, with dandelion greens (look out weeds, the garden is getting sparse…) and pickled peppers. I call this the BDP. Pickled cherry bomb peppers are marvelous in the winter. They have better acidity and texture than canned tomatoes and are really easy to preserve.

Other than frantically writing I’ve ordered seeds for the spring/summer/fall/winter garden, both here and at the community owned agriculture plot once we find the perfect one. We are still forging ahead with that, finalizing legal documents and will be rolling out communication to any of you waiting for it in the next few weeks.

Happy Dark Days!

9 Responses to Dark Days January End

  1. HI! I’m hosting a link up this week — It’s a Keeper Thursdays! I hope you can come over and link up!

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  2. I am so excited to learn more about your book!

  3. Thanks Brittney – me too! Can’t wait for it to be done. I am going to party like it’s 2011.

  4. I know that you are so busy with your book~~~~ but…………would you be open to tours of how you do what you do! We have watched your videos and I have planted my potatoes using coffee bags,but I want to see more! Let us know.
    Kelley

    • Hi Kelley,

      I may be able to set up a spring tour this year but we’ll have to see. I can’t even think about it at this point until after 4/15. Maybe I’ll host a work party! Until then I’m happy to answer any questions and if there is something in specific I could always do a virtual tour to post on the blog too. Just trying to stay sane right now. My poor family is in shambles!

  5. I didn’t know you have video’s? Where are they? I love your site. I wish I had more time to spend on it. I also can’t wait to see your book. I have no idea what it is about, but if it’s anything like your site I know I’ll love it.

    I would also love a tour. You really need your own TV show. PBS would be great. I am sure you know enough to fill years and years of episodes. :) What about classes… Do you offer classes?

    • Hi Waggie! I had thought of a show once upon a time but I’ll likely set up a weekly video online series this summer, once I get back above water. I’ve got a lot of tax returns to finish and this book’s final deadline is 4/15, wouldn’t you know. Somewhere on the sidebar there is a virtual tour that diginthedirt.com hosted. I think it’s a youtube. And I have made a few shorts myself but then my previous blog template went away so I had to frantically install this one and the functionality is gone. No time to play around with it right now! Maybe if you use the search feature and type in virtual tour it will show up? I feel like such a flake but seriously under water right now…I can’t wait for April 15!

  6. You have been quite busy it seems! The sandwiches look good and have quite a nice variety of ingredients and combinations. I hope you surface from the book writing and tax return preparation soon and can draw a deep breath for at least one day before you tackle your next big thing (whatever it is you choose to embrace next!).

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