• Grilled chicken (from Back Forty Acres in Chelsea, MI)
• Marinade made by blending our garlic scapes with lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and water
• Grilled garlic scapes (yes, yes, oh my - as great or even better than grilled asparagus!)
• Roasted organic Yukon gold potatoes (not local) with snips of our rosemary plant
• Green salad made with locally grown red leaf lettuce (Our Family Farm, Manchester, MI), cabbage (Tantré Farm, Chelsea, MI), sunflower sprouts and fennel (GardenWorks, Ann Arbor, MI)
• Salad dressing made from olive oil and our home-made chive blossom vinegar
• Dessert was Black Raspberry Pudding Cake, made with our own black raspberries picked at the farm plus organic spelt flour (grown in Nashville, MI by the Jennings Brothers)
Recipe - Black Raspberry Pudding Cake
• 2 cups blackberries (more or less depending on what you picked and ate!)
• 1 cup all purpose flour (I used organic spelt flour grown in Michigan - Jennings Bros.)
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup lowfat milk
• 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 Tbs. cornstarch
• 1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place blackberries in the bottom of a buttered 8-inch cake pan or baking dish. Combine flour, baking powder, and half the sugar in a mixing bowl. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla. Using an electric mixer (I just beat by hand with a good wisk), beat until smooth. Spread batter over blackberries. Combine remaining sugar and cornstarch. Sprinkle over batter. Pour boiling water over mixture. Bake 35-40 minutes or until tester comes out clean when inserted in center.
This recipe serves 8-12 people.
This recipe has so much sugar that the small serving size, i.e. 12 versus 8, was plenty for me. However, my husband and younger son both wanted a second piece and I'm sure would have eaten more if we hadn't been already pleasantly full from our delicious meal. Next time I would try to follow my own rule (!) to cut the sugar in half and see what happens.
The blessing we read before eating this delicious and bountiful meal:
To all else thou hast given us, O Lord,
we ask for but one thing more:
~~ George Herbert (1593-1633)
I hope you also celebrated some food independence over this holiday weekend!
"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"