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My New Kitchen Paradigm (March 3 Garden Project)

May 26, 2010

So there’s this interesting thing going on in my kitchen right now.

I’m composting.

Because I am gardening and have access to a compost pile, I am now dutifully collecting all my kitchen scraps.  I throw them into bags and containers and pop them into the freezer.  Next time I’m headed over to the March 3 garden, I take them over and dump them on our compost pile.  Truthfully, the chickens eat most of it , but whatever they leave will be soil for our garden next year.

So I find I have this interest, this reverence for even the scraps.  I mean, it seems so precious to be saving kitchen scraps.  What used to go into the garbage without a thought is now saved with great care.  When I’m prepping dinner, I am almost equally interested in the pile of trimmings as I am in the part of the plant that’s headed to the table.

In February there was this planting party.  The March 3 gardeners convened, bent over seed trays in the dining room, and planted tiny seeds.  We were giddy and dreaming of spring and summer bounty, home-grown bounty.  Beats me why we planted cress.  I think it was just because we had some leftover seed packet of cress, so in it went.  It’s a green; we must want it.

After time in the greenhouse, our seedlings went into the ground and sure enough, our cress grew well.  We had planted a lot of it.  A lot.  And when we tasted it, well, words like fiery, spicy, horseradish, and wasabi came to mind.  And not in a good way really.  Arugula can be fiery and I like that.  Cress, not so much.  And there was a lot of it!

So rather than feed it all directly to the chickens, I harvested an armful and took it home.  Must be something to do with it that I will like. Quick google search and it sounds like potato-cress soup is in order. It’s simmering now.  I can tell you the greens are already a lot “calmer”.  This soup is going to be delish!

But enough about the beautiful, curly greens.  Check out these tough, worthless, but beautiful stems:

I am here to tell you I am not going to use the words “circle of life” in this little story, but…what am I supposed to say?!  It feels right to plant, harvest, eat, feed chickens, feed compost pile, eat chicken eggs, and, someday, spread our compost back on the garden.

Hmmm…just feels right!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kathy Bean permalink
    May 26, 2010 1:47 pm

    Definitely an interesting circle of life!! And the chickens are probably very happy NOT to be sharing the cress! lol! …. But the potato soup sounds heavenly…. I can smell it simmering now! ……. mmmmm. 🙂

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