Thursday, November 24, 2011

An Early Winter Thanksgiving

Victoria and I had a tranquil and happy Thanksgiving. We began the day with a long walk through a winter landscape; courtesy of yesterday's 25cm snowfall. As usual, much of our organically grown Thanksgiving dinner came from our garden. The items that we grew ourselves are italicized below.   

  • Acorn squash stuffed with brown/wild rice, French lentils, mushrooms, onions, cranberries, bread crumbs and sage
  • Green beans with tahini sauce
  • Cranberry-apple relish
  • Roasted red and yellow beets, carrots and almond slivers
  • Pumpkin pie for desert (not shown)
For some, Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without the turkey. As such, I'm including a photo of a wild turkey in flight. Victoria discovered a gathering of more than a dozen turkey just outside our front door some weeks ago. Of course when she stepped out with the camera they were airborne before she could depress the shutter.

A photo of this year's kitchen garden. 

We harvested ten pounds of shelled hazelnuts from our mini-orchard of nineteen trees in September. The hazelnuts shown in the left-hand basket are still in the cob. The ones on the right have been shucked but not yet shelled.

We picked 140 pounds of apples this year. Filling for one apple pie per month for the next year is in the freezer and we've a half-dozen large bags of dried apple rings in the pantry.

We made a total of three gallons of apple sauce. The rest of the apples are down in our root cellar, along with the potatoes, carrots and other miscellaneous root vegetables.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
 Frances Hodgson Burnett

Lavender 2011


  1. Absolutely beautiful photo series Mike. That table setting is right out of Gourmet Magazine!

  2. Hello Mike, really great gardening. I like it that way. It's a way of life that is much better then buy everything at the supermarket. We got apples, grapes, tomatoes and some other vegetables from our garden as well. My XYL makes applepie, applesauce, chutney and from the grapes we make jam and grapejus. 73, Bas

  3. Thank you Seab!

    Hello Bas,

    Very FB on your garden! Indeed, meals are all the more enjoyable when you prepare them beginning with a packet of seeds.

    Also, please don't throw out the little tartrate crystals that precipitate on the bottom of your grape juice bottles. We're going to make radios from them (via piezoelectric Rochelle Salt) someday! From the mixer and amplifiers to the headphone or loudspeaker, I hope someday to homebrew a radio primarily from grapes. ;o)

    Best wishes,
    Mike, AA1TH

  4. You have a fine feast there! I wonder if you have ever made cider with those apples?

    Belated good wishes for thanksgiving weekend.

  5. Thanks for your holiday greeting, Roger.

    No, I'm sorry to say that we have not made cider (I expect you're referring to "hard cider"). If I drank more I would probably get into home brewing. On the other hand, if I could learn to make "Most" the Austrian/Bavarian way I would easily set aside a share of our apple crop for that purpose. On our trip last summer Vic and I stayed at a number of working farms where Most was produced and readily shared. Ah...I must stop, this talk is making me thirsty! ;o)

  6. Hello Mike,
    although I not into gardening at all, I loved the pictures of your garden; in fact, I even felt a twinge of envy... Your Thanksgiving dinner looks really yummy!
    Warm regards,

  7. Our propaganda is still said that in the U.S. private gardens banned. Large corporations that allegedly lobbied for laws to ban cultivation of food by private persons.