Budget eating #4

Michael received a much-needed paycheck last night, so matters are not exactly DIRE…but I’d rather stick with the budget eating than scrap it. Since we’re going to be low on income at least through the summer, it would be better to get into good habits beforehand.

Anyway. Our visit to the Farmer’s Market this morning provided us with the following:

  • 2 bunches of asparagus
  • 1/2 pound arugula
  • 1/2 pound salad mix
  • ~10 standard radishes
  • ~10 French breakfast radishes
  • one dragonfly balloon

…for a grand total of $18. More than I wanted to spend (darn asparagus!), but the Farmer’s Market is pretty much my food splurge of the week. At least it wasn’t chocolate cake.

So here’s the plan thus far:

  1. Parsnip galette with arugula.
  2. Ginormous green salad with hard-boiled eggs and goat cheese (from the Nebraska Food Coop); pumpkin bread on the side.
  3. Something with sunchokes and green garlic…maybe an adapted potato salad? Roasted asparagus and radish butter sandwiches on the side.
  4. Cassoulet (or something along these lines). I have a large bag of heirloom beans wasting away in my pantry, and I’ve always wanted to try a cassoulet. Besides, if this cool weather holds out, we’re all going to start craving soup!
  5. And something else. Maybe pasta with some of the 2008 frozen pesto, or perhaps an Italian tomato soup (with the last jar of 2008 tomatoes). Depends on my energy level that night, I guess.

In other news, we planted our community garden plot! Yay! Two tomato plants, green and red lettuce, carrots, green beans and zucchini. I can’t wait.

Plus, this year the Bean has her own mini-plot. She was adorable and industrious, picking out her own crops and arranging them just so in HER garden. She chose tomatoes, basil and oregano. We also thought we’d get some sunflower seeds, since as it stands she’ll have a naked spot in the very center.

That’s all the food news for now. I’ll keep you posted on how things turn out.

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One Response to “Budget eating #4”

  1. Dixie Says:

    I saw a great idea for planting sunflowers in a square and training morning glories to grow over the top for a garden play house. Then, she’d have a little shade while you’re working on your plot! Post pics of her in the garden!

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