|My herb planters are thriving with all this rain.|
Plenty of high winds too, more than I can ever remember. I also do not remember so many trees falling, except during extreme events like the derecho a few years ago, or the random tornado that ripped through about 2 miles from us.
|Catching rainwater is no problem these days! The deck seriously needs to be painted but there has been little opportunity between rain and travel.|
The peas did nothing--too much rain and the place I planted them stayed too wet. So yesterday Larry pulled them out and planted water-loving cucumbers in their place.
The good news is that we are getting some fresh veggies despite the weather. Yesterday we harvested our first new potatoes, a cabbage, dill, and green onions. So dinner was a real treat--salmon with dill sauce, new cabbage and new potatoes, these last two simply boiled with butter and salt and pepper.
Since it was Father's Day, I made a cake too--chocolate layer cake with cream cheese icing and raspberry sauce made with our raspberry. It's been a year, I think, since I last made a cake like this, and it was delicious.
It was good to be in the kitchen cooking. The last week was one of those hit-and-miss weeks. I made meatloaf which lasted, as usual, for several meals, but my mind and heart were not in the kitchen because I had so many storytelling projects lined up for the week and my brain was just busy. This week I am working on next week's weeklong writing workshop, along with trying to get a few painting projects done. Cooking may be back-burnered again. We'll see.
Here's my recipe for the fresh dill sauce. I looked online but almost all the recipes I found used lots of garlic, sour cream and mayonnaise--which seems to me, besides being high calorie, would mask the flavor of the dill. So I opted for something simpler, and the dill flavor really shone through. It's really a basic white sauce.
1/2 stick butter, melted.
2 good-sized green onions, chopped small.
Saute' the onions in the melted butter.
2 TBSP corn starch.
Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
Add slowly, stirring all the while:
1 cup of milk
Cook until thick, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and boil one minute.
(if it's too thick, add more milk, or water--I used water, to thin it down)
1/4-1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh dill.
salt and pepper to taste.
You may need to add more liquid as the sauce cools, if it thickens too much.
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