Friday, July 19, 2013

Free Food!!

Last weekend we were gifted with an abundance of free food by my former pastor and his wife.  It was incredible!  There was so much, beginning with a crate of raspberries. Unfortunately they were beginning to go bad, which meant I picked thru them to get the good ones out before they were all tainted.  I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE fresh raspberries so believe me, I got as many as I could!  There weren’t enough to make jam so I froze them for smoothies or muffins.  After eating my fill, of course. 

There was also a crate of bananas.  I gave several bunches away, then made banana pudding, and sliced and froze so many trays of them I lost count.  We’ve been eating them constantly (hubby loves banana sandwiches), and now that they’re beginning to be overripe, I hope to make banana bread tonight.  I also want to take some of the frozen slices and dip them in chocolate, then re-freeze, for popsicles for Drake. 

And then there was the corn.  Oh my goodness, I have no idea how many ears of corn we were given!  I gave several of those away too.  I shucked and silked the rest, cut the corn off the cob, and cooked it in 2 LARGE batches, which were then broken down and frozen into 8-9 generous meal-sized servings, with one batch going into the fridge to eat immediately.

Two cucumbers were included in the bag with the corn, so I turned them into a simple tzatziki by dicing finely and adding to some homemade yogurt along with salt, pepper, lemon juice and garlic.  There were also a bundle of green onions in there, which I have so far not even touched. 

In addition to all that, my lovely neighbors heard I’ve been sick with an eye infection.  They decided to make dinner for the family one night, and was it ever delicious.  Blackeyed peas, cornbread, sweet potato fries, corn, and a cake.  I always enjoy their down-home cooking!  I blended some of the blackeyed peas for Zane, he loved them!  The boy has good taste.


Wean said...

oh lucky you, all that free food ! I grow raspberries, and have had a wonderful harvest this year and they are still coming ! I pick as many as I can each day, and just lightly cook them, then freeze them, so in the dark days of December/January/February I can have a tase of summer on my breakfast cereal, desserts etc.,

Penny said...

I have a question about growing raspberries. Do they tend to fun all over the place and take over the yard? Or do they stay where you put them? I'd love to grow some, (haha, I'm a terrible gardener) but I don't want them everywhere!