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January, 2010 - Issue #104

 

NEW YEAR'S DAY PARTY

 

What a great way to kick off a new decade - invite all our friends over for a New Year's Day party.  Many came for a bowl of Hoppin John and got their pictures taken with Spot, our Trouts Farm mascot.  See the whole story here: New Years Day 2010

 

DIGGIN OUR NEW DIGS 

 

Of course, throwing a party a week after moving had us scrambling to get the place looking lived in.  Between the framed art, books and throws, we sorted things out nicely.  We couldn't be more pleased with our home, from the bright, sunny office next to the kitchen to the cozy reading spot in the corner of the master bedroom.  See pictures of every room in the House Formerly Known As Yellow at:  Diggin' Our New Digs

 

UNPREDICTABLE WINTER WEATHER

 

January brings unpredictable weather.  From one day to the next it can be bright and sunny with friends stopping by, to overcast and bitter cold with a frozen well pump.  Matt came over on January 3rd and got his picture taken with Spot.  The next morning, Bob donned his heaviest winter coat and poured hot water on the well head, then ran an extension cord from the house to a  lamp to finish thawing it out.  We had running water again in less than thirty minutes and will keep the lamp plugged in until Spring.

 

HAPPY FRIENDS, HAPPY SPOT

 

We capture everyone's first visit to Troutsfarm in a photo.  Tami stopped by to do a little Abundance work with Camille.  Curtiss came over for potluck.  Although Spot sometimes blushes a little from all the attention, he recovers quickly and can be quite the conversationalist.

 

DINNER GUESTS

 

More dinner guests, which explains the dark sky.  Devin came for potluck and Holly and Jeremy for dinner a couple of days later.

 

A LITTLE GETAWAY

 

We both grew up on the coast and get to feeling land-locked if we don't see the ocean every once in awhile so we used CFSA's (Carolina Farm Stewardship Association) 2010 Commercial Organic Production Conference in New Bern as an excuse to drive to the shore. It was a nice little getaway.  We stayed in the spacious yet cozy Turret Room at the Harmony House Bed and Breakfast, and walked around town, taking photos of painted bears, stopping into a pub for French fries and stout.  There are a few more pictures on this page: A Visit to New Bern

 

THINGS TO DO WITH FORTY POUNDS OF CABBAGE

 

Okonomiyaki, for one!  Here, Bob flips Japanese pizza otherwise known as okonomiyaki (oh ko no me ya key).  This fried vegetable pancake with sauce, mayonnaise and nori is indescribably delicious!  Six other ways we burned our way through all that cabbage are cole slaw, sauerkraut, Reuben sandwiches, cabbage burgers, borscht and stir fry.  When we got word that ECO (Eastern Carolina Organics) our local food distributor was selling cases of second grade cabbage for $15, we took action.  If you want to eat local, you have to jump on windfalls like this one.  More photos on this page: A Case of Cabbage

 

FOURTEEN POUNDS OF SEITAN

 

Moving right along, we next tackled a double batch of breaded seitan cutlets.  Seitan is vegan protein made from wheat gluten and, in our opinion, tastes better than meat.  Here the seitan boils in a pot seasoned with tamari sauce. 

 

SLICING AND BREADING

 

Then comes the real work, slicing and breading.  We dip each piece in a solution of potato flour, arrowroot and water before pressing a mixture of seasoned bread crumbs and panko into the moistened seitan.

 

MONEY IN THE BANK

A couple of hours later we've got enough seitan to last us about six weeks with some to share with our friends.  These breaded cutlets are incredibly easy to cook.  We heat a pan of oil and drop them in, frozen.  They fry for about a minute and they are done - crispy on the outside, tender and chewy on the inside.  No gristle or veins.

 

A WALK IN THE WOODS

 

Any day is a good day to explore the trail system behind our new home.  Especially a bright, sunny day!  We have gotten lots of rain this winter and the water is running all through the woods.

 

POOL SIDE FACE LIFT

 

We were so refreshed from our walk that we decided to clean up the area around what was once a swimming pool.  It took us a couple of hours to trim the low hanging branches off the red tips, pull out the honeysuckle vines and clear the sidewalk of mud and weeds.  The pool has been filled in with fill dirt and will soon be the site of our kitchen garden.

 

HEARTY, HEALTHY WINTER MEALS

 

Haruka and Camille decided to try their hands at making An Pan or sweetened bean buns.  We got a little carried away with the adzuki filling and decided that next time we wouldn't score the dough on the sides.  Nevertheless, they were delicious and were all gone within a day.  We ate them for dessert with cabbage burgers and a green salad.

 Most people don't get fresh, local greens like the spinach in this picture for a January salad but since we live next door to Edible Earthscapes, we do.  We topped the salad with carrots, sprouts and daikon and ate it with home made minestrone soup and bread.

 

SNOW DAY

 

We made the best of some bad weather by staying home and going for a walk in the snow.  Bob stands on the bridge built by our neighbors.  Camille pastes a smile on her frozen lips for the camera.  If it looks cold, that's because it was.  Have a look at some more pictures from our Southern Snow Day

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

“(Nationalism is) a set of beliefs taught to each generation in which the Motherland or the Fatherland is an object of veneration and becomes a burning cause for which one becomes willing to kill the children of other Motherlands or Fatherlands” - Howard Zinn, historian 1922 - 2010

"With all my heart I believe that the world's present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war and inhumanity" - Albert Einstein, scientist 1879 - 1955

"Liberal activism is sort of like sending a rabbit to sell wolves on the benefits of veganism." - Joe Bageant, author and columnist 1946

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